With the Christmas holidays, and the cold weather that has settled in our country, I’m sure many of you are thinking about practicing your favorite sport: skiing, or maybe you are more of a snowboarder. There will even be some who don’t like to ski but don’t resist spending some day in the snow.
It is only a few months that we can enjoy the white mantle in the mountains, a beautiful spectacle, and an opportunity for winter sports lovers. But did you know that the cold, wind and sun at that altitude are lethal to your skin?
It’s true that much of your body will be covered by the ski suit or suitable clothing for going to the mountains, but your face is hopelessly exposed, and if you don’t want to burn (black or red with the mark of the glasses is completely outdated), you must protect yourself properly.
We are increasingly aware of the damage that the sun leaves on our skin, in the form of wrinkles and spots that cause premature aging. But always associated with the need to wear a sunscreen in the summer. A mistake, because in winter, and especially in the mountains, the sun is very harmful, even more so than in summer.
Ultraviolet radiation levels at more than 1,000 meters above sea level increase by up to 10%, making the sun more harmful. In addition, the snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays (compared to 15% of the beach sand). Have you convinced yourself why you should use a high sunscreen (50 or more) when skiing? But there are more care that your skin will appreciate to get away unscathed from a few days of vacation in the snow.
8 tips to protect your skin in the snow:
Remember to put sunscreen on exposed areas of your body (usually your face) half an hour before going out into the snow, and repeat the application every two hours.
The wind, typical of winter and which can be stronger when you are in the mountains, dries your skin, so don’t forget to moisturize your face. The order of the day would be: serum, face moisturizer, eye contour (an area very sensitive to dehydration), and sunscreen.
Protect your lips. Thin, sensitive skin on the lips suffers a lot when you’re in the snow. The sun, wind and cold can cause dryness and even cracks, so don’t leave without a good sunscreen lip balm.
Wear suitable eye glasses. Do not skimp and protect your eyes with good glasses, blizzard for skiing or snowboarding, or glasses with a good filter if you are just visiting.
Moisturize your body as well. It is covered but the cold penetrates the clothes and can cause more dryness in your skin. So he also uses a body moisturizer, with special emphasis on the knees, elbows and feet.
And don’t forget your hands. If you ski you have to wear suitable gloves, but still don’t forget to moisturize your hands with a rich and nutritious cream. And take it with you to reapply when you need it.
Cloudy days also need sun protection. In summer we tell you to use sunscreen even if it is cloudy, in the snow is the same. Solar radiation passes through the clouds and is still very harmful.
End your day in the snow with a good bath and after sun. Yes, after sun is not just a summer product. If you go to the snow, it’ll do you good to repair your skin. If you don’t have one, you can use a body moisturizer.