SUNSMART AT THE SNOW

The one thing not to forget about this snow season!

Most people associate the beach with sunburn, but did you know the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be just as damaging at the snow?

UV rays damage unprotected skin, causing premature ageing, sunburn, eye damage and skin damage, which can ultimately result in skin cancer.

At the snow you can be exposed to a double dose of UV radiation, directly from the sun and reflected off of the snow. 

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, don’t be fooled by the snowy chill – UV levels are extreme and will damage unprotected skin.

Avoid snow burn with a combination of these SunSmart steps:

·         Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible

·         Slop on SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen

·         Slap on a winter hat that protects your face, neck and ears

·         Seek shade

·         Slide on goggles or sunglasses with protection (look for a tag marked with the Australian Standard AS:1067)

Skiing all day? Slip a small sunscreen tube and SPF lip balm into your jacket pocket to top up your application every two hours. Pay extra attention to applying sunscreen to your chin, beneath the tip of your nose, behind your ears and your lips, as reflected UV will reach these spots!

Why not hit the slopes first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon? You’ll avoid lift queues, as well as peak UV times!

For more information visit sunsmart.com.au.


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