It can be hard to see the sun on a snowy winter day, but UV rays from the sun are present year round. It’s important to protect yourself and your children from the sun’s rays, even in the winter months.
“Fresh, white snow reflects up to 88 per cent of the sun’s rays,” says Public Health Promoter Alycia Kelly. “This means you get almost double the UV exposure. Also, the sun’s rays are stronger at higher altitudes, such as when you’re mountain skiing or snowboarding.”
Make sun protection a priority when you’re outside this winter:
• Eye protection: wear close fitting/wrap-around sunglasses or goggles with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.
• Cover up: wear a hat to keep you warm and cover your head. Consider wearing a mask or balaclava to protect your face from sun and wind.
• Sunscreen: apply plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, labelled ‘broad spectrum’ and ‘water resistant’. Use sunscreen on any skin not covered by clothes, such as your face. Use a sunscreen lip balm.