Skiers Beware: Sun Protection Matters

April 2, 2020 2:45 pm



Are you looking forward to your ski holiday? Skiing and snowboarding are growing in popularity, with holiday-makers looking for thrilling exercise, fantastic scenery and relaxing apre-ski. When you are preparing for a ski holiday, there are so many things to remember, such as ski passes, specialist clothing and equipment hire. It is all too easy to forget the need for high-quality sun protection for your skin and eyes.

Take Care in the Sun

As you ascend into the mountains, the strength of cancer-causing ultraviolet light increases by 5% every 1000 feet. This increases the need to protect your skin with a good-quality sunscreen of at least 30 SPF (sun protection factor). As you ski, your exertions, together with the effect of wind and snow, will cause your sunscreen to wear off very quickly. Given that snow reflects a very high percentage of the sun’s rays, this means that it is really essential to reapply your suncream at regular intervals. To find our more about sun safety when skiing go to:

What Are the Risks?

You may be shocked to know that over 2000 people die each year from melanoma, with the vast majority of these cancers being caused by sun exposure. The risks for developing melanoma are higher for people with a large number of moles on their skin. Such individuals can take some precautions to avoid the sun or use a higher factor suncream. They should also have their moles checked regularly by a qualified general practitioner or dermatologist. In some cases, it may be helpful to consider mole removal, particularly for unsightly lesions in prominent areas. The NHS has useful advice about sun protection and ailments that can be caused by over-exposure.

Types of Treatment

Treatment of melanoma and other serious conditions is available through the NHS, following a referral from your general practitioner. Management of skin lesions for cosmetic reasons is generally not available on the NHS, and for those considering surgical removal of problem moles.

Don’t Forget Your Suncream

So to recap, it is vital to remember your sunscreen when preparing for a ski trip and to look for ski hats or helmets that are designed to offer some shade to your face.