stay smart in the sun

Natives is working with Cancer Research UK's SunSmart campaign to provide advice on sun safety. This page gives invaluable information about how you can protect yourself on the slopes from sunburn to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Sun on the slopes
Skiers and snowboarders need to take care on the slopes. Even though it may feel cold in the mountains, when you are high up there is less atmosphere to filter the ultraviolet (UV) rays: UV intensity increases by 4-8% every 1000ft. It is easy to get caught out because you can burn very quickly.

Snow reflects around 85% of the sun's UV rays so you may burn in unusual places. Look out for the underside of your chin and your ears in particular.

Up to 80% of the sun's UV rays penetrate clouds, so even if it's cloudy it's important to protect yourself.

SunSmart tips for the snow:

Cover up - The best way to protect yourself is by covering up with clothing. Try wearing a long-sleeved jacket with a zip-up collar, hat and gloves.

Sunscreen - Apply SPF factor 15+ 15-30 minutes before hitting the slopes. Then reapply every 2 hours, particularly if you're doing lots of exercise and may sweat it off. You can now buy little tubes of sunscreen that fit easily in a pocket.

Wear sunblock on very exposed and sun-sensitive areas like your nose, ears and lips. Don't know which sunscreen to pick? Look for a 'broad-spectrum' product, one that protects from both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or more.

Protect your eyes - Wear wraparound sunglasses or goggles that offer at least 99% protection from UV. Most come with information about their UV filtering capability, but check in the shop if you are not sure.
Goggles may be better for protecting small children's eyes as they are less likely to fall off at ski school!

Be SunSmart! Burn the slopes, not your skin.

For more information, visit Cancer Research UK's SunSmart website

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