As the winter season approaches, friends and family members are starting to make plans for the holiday season, including booking outdoor activities. Whether you're hitting the slopes, going for a hike, or just enjoying the brisk air out on a walk, we're here to remind you of the importance of layering up with UPF clothing to keep your skin safe from UV rays.
We've shared a lot of blog posts on how to protect your skin from the sun during the summer season, but what about winter? And how do you best layer up during this time to ensure you're staying warm and keeping UV rays at bay? Learn our 4 tips on how to layer UPF clothing for winter outdoor activities today.
1. Start with a Sun-Protective Base Layer
As with any winter outfit, you want to make sure you have a UPF-rated base layer on underneath everything else. We highly recommend finding one that is also moisture-wicking to keep you dry and comfortable. As you're going to be skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and whatever else you like to do come wintertime, this is so important.
2. Add a UPF Mid-Layer
For extra insulation and additional UV protection, consider adding a UPF mid-layer like a long-sleeve shirt or a lightweight jacket. We love a UPF 50+ rated fleece jacket as it provides both warmth and sun protection together. This mid-layer will help trap body heat and keep you comfortable through all your outdoor activities.
3. Remember Your UPF Outer Layer
Your outermost UPF layer will be your primary defense against the elements, including the sun. You want a UPF-rated winter jacket that protects and covers as much skin as possible. Look for a high collar and a hood to protect your head and face. If you can't find a jacket like this, opt for a UPF neck gaiter.
Don't forget your polarized sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from UV rays, glare, and snow reflection as well.
4. Don't Forget Your Lower Body
Remember your legs need sun protection as well, especially when you spend time in the snow as the sun's rays reflect off snow. Choose UPF-rated snow pants or ski/snowboard pants when hitting the slopes.
Stay warm by wearing thermals under your snow pants or UPF-rated long underwear.
Remember that proper layering during winter is not just about protecting your skin from the sun, it's also about staying comfortable and enjoying yourself too. Be mindful of the weather conditions and remember to adapt your winter clothing layers accordingly. If the sun is strong, wear UPF rated clothing and put on sunscreen.