Wear sunscreen before hitting the slopes this winter!
When you think about protecting your skin and putting on sunscreen you often picture lying in the sun soaking up the rays; however, it doesn’t need to be warm and balmy in order to rub on the sunscreen. In fact, it’s just as important to protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. If you plan to spend any time out in this soon-to-be winter wonderland, then your Edina, MN dermatologist shares why you should keep that sunscreen handy even once the summer months are over:
- The American Academy of Dermatology recommends putting on sunscreen about 15 minutes before going outside. This is how long it takes your skin to absorb the sunscreen and start working.
- When you go sunscreen shopping, opt for one that has an SPF of 30 or more and protects against both UVA and UVB rays (this will help ward away skin cancer and even wrinkles).
- If you plan to go skiing this year, then one of the first things you should remember to pack is a new bottle of sunscreen (sunscreen does expire so it does no good to grab a bottle that’s been sitting around for years).
- Sunscreen does wear off, so if you are hitting the slopes or just enjoying an outdoor activity, you’ll want to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.
- Also, it’s important to protect your eyes. Therefore, you should always wear protective goggles or sunglasses while you ski. And just like your sunscreen, opt for a pair that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- If you don’t plan to wear a helmet while skiing then you’ll certainly want something to protect your head. Therefore, always bring a hat with you to wear while on the slopes.
- UV rays are stronger at a higher altitude and can reflect off snow, so either wear a bandanna or ski mask to protect your face from the harsh elements.
Even Olympic skiers know the importance of protecting their skin while still enjoying the game. You can too, and you’ll certainly be happy you did.
If you experience any skin problems this winter, don’t hesitate to call your Edina dermatologist for an appointment. Don’t let your skin take a beating during the cold winter months.