Ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere comes in two wavelengths UVA and UVB. This radiation is stronger at altitude especially when reflected off the snow. Both types can cause sunburn, photo ageing and skin cancer. With this in mind, it’s really important to select and use the correct sun cream for your skin, especially while skiing in New Zealand.
How do sun creams work ?
Sunscreens act as an organic filter absorbing the harmful UV radiation, while other sun protection creams such as zinc or titanium reflect UV radiation away like a mirror.
What is SPF ?
SPF stands for sun protection factor and is rated on a scale of 6 to 50+, the later offering the strongest protection against both UVA and UVB. A sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is recommended as a minimum while skiing in New Zealand.
Top skin protection tips
- Protect your face as much as possible with a helmet and goggles
- Use at least a SPF 30 and apply it generously to your entire face, ears and neck.
- Reapply your sun cream every 4 hours, or sooner if excessive sweating.
- Don’t forget to protect the sensitive skin on your lips from the sun
- Always carry a small sun cream in your pocket, to share with family and friends
For more advise on how to retain a youthful appearance, contact Dr. Mark Feeney for a consultation.