Winter Sun Facts + Tips

While we all may remember to wear sun protection during the summer and in warm climates, many of us overlook doing so in the winter months. Winter sun can be just as damaging if not more damaging as summer sun.

FACT:  The higher the altitude, the more intense the sun’s rays. UV radiation exposure increases 4-5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, you’re exposed to 35-45% more ultraviolet radiation than at sea level.

TIP: Use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher and apply 30 minutes before hitting the slopes. Apply at least a teaspoon of sunscreen to the face liberally and evenly to all exposed skin.  We recommend...

FACT: Snow reflects up to 80-90% of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice, increasing the risk for skin damage. Grass in comparison reflects only about 3% of sunlight.

TIP: Carry a travel-sized sunscreen and lip balm with you on the slopes and reapply on the chairlift and reapply every two hours, and immediately after heavy sweating/towel drying.

FACT: More than 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. 1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Additionally, over 80% of premature aging is caused by the sun.

TIP: Use a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher - lips are very sensitive.

FACT: Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds.  Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness. Using the recommended amount and reapplication is vital.

TIP: Wear ski masks as well as sunglasses or goggles that protect the eyes, eyelids and the sensitive skin around the eyes -  common sites for skin cancers and sun-induced aging.

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