Cold weather doesn’t mean that you are protected from the sun, but it could mean the opposite. If you are planning on engaging in any snow sports this season there are a couple of things that you should know before getting out under the sun.
There are varying factors that can intensify your exposure to UV radiation such as the altitude, the amount of sunlight being reflected off the snow. Anyone that spends time on snowy mountaintops will recommend wearing sunglasses and packing sunscreen on every trip.
Your exposed skin – your hands, face, and eyes, are going to be the most vulnerable part during the fall and winter. It is important to keep this in mind as you get ready for your outdoor adventures in snowy areas or while participating in snow sports.
We recommend these products to help you with sun exposure as you go outdoors!
Long Sleeve Full Zip Active Fleece –
Our UPF 50+ Active Fleece is a great addition to any adventure as it provides the sun protection needed while providing a versatile warm base-layer. Its more than just a thermal swim jacket and will keep you looking stylish while you beat the chill.
Wearing sunscreen in the winter is a necessity. Most people associate the sun’s damaging rays with summer when it is hot, and dismiss sunburns during winter because the days are shorter and the sun is behind clouds. However this is not the case as snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV light, which means twice the potential damage.
We always recommend using a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Neck Shields –
Neck gaiters are a great way to protect yourself during outdoor activities! They can help keep you protected from the sun’s UVA & UVB rays, while wicking away sweat and keeping the cold wind off your face.
More information on sun protection during the winter months can be found in our "Sunburn in Winter?" blog.