Most people don’t equate winter holiday season with sunburn, skin aging and skin cancer risk but if you are heading off to the slopes for a ski holiday you should.
Research which was published in the Archives of Dermatology has shown that skiers in Vale, Colorado were exposed to up to 10x as much UV radiation as professional cyclists in the Tour de Suisse in the summertime at similar altitudes.
The reason for the increased exposure to harmful UV rays is due to the fact that the sunlight reflects off the snow. Skiers are particularly vulnerable on sunny days but even on cloudier days, skiers are still at risk.
It is understood that up to 85% of UV rays are reflected off the snow. Given that the rays come from the ground as well as the sky, skiers are also vulnerable to sunburn in places they wouldn’t necessarily think of putting sunscreen or to cover up.
Skin cancer is primarily caused by cumulative exposure to the sun. Melanoma skin cancer is the most aggressive form of skin cancer.
Dermatologists agree that the best way to prevent skin cancer is by wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, which is also known as sun protection or UPF clothing.
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Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin aging as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin from now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin aging.