Winter ski holidays: how to protect yourself from the sun

While many French people have gone on a ski holiday, Why Doctor takes stock of the reflexes to adopt to protect his skin, his lips and his eyes from the sun, just as dangerous at altitude as at the seaside.

It's the month of February and you are about to leave the gray of the city to go skiing. However, before you jump on the first train forgetting that the UV of the mountain are as harmful as those of the Tropics (according to a study conducted for Nivea, only 35% of the French are protected from the sun in the mountains, against 95 % at the beach), Why Doctor takes stock with you on the essentials to take in your suitcase if you want to avoid looking like a crayfish with chapped lips and burned eyes.

1 / The solar protection

At high altitude, the sun hits hard, and that's nothing to say: UV radiation increases by 10% every 1000 meters. Thus, in March and April, if the weather is nice, UV levels in the mountains are among the highest of the year. What's more, snow promotes reverberation. Therefore, to be well protected when you ski, choose a product of very high protection (SPF 50+) and apply it every two hours on the whole face. Be careful not to forget the eye area, area too often neglected (wrong) and also consider protecting the wings of the nose, chin, the top of the ears and lips. Choose your mountain-labeled cream without alcohol and with plant extracts with anti-inflammatory properties.

2 / Hydration

Do not forget to hydrate your face under the pretext that you put sunscreen. Well nourished, the skin is better protected against external aggressions very numerous to the ski (wind, cold, altitude, sun, reverberation, differences of temperatures ...). On the contrary, poorly hydrated skin tightens, itches and blushes. So remember to use a classic day cream and if your skin is particularly fragile, also apply something in the evening. If the creams debug you, vegetable oils like jojoba oil will do the trick (at a lower price, moreover).

3 / The lip stick

Poor in sebaceous glands, the leaves dry out very quickly. If this happens to you, do not moisturize them with saliva, it will only make things worse by accentuating the irritation and promoting the appearance of chapped skin. Protect them with a balm well fat specially adapted to the mountain, especially if you are subject to pimples herpes, whose appearance is favored by the sun. Little more lip sticks (avoid those containing mineral oils, likely to become toxic in contact with the mucous membranes): besides the mouth, they have no equal to soothe the skin of the nose irritated by the handkerchief when one is cold.

4 / Sunglasses or masks

Responsible for sunburn on the skin, UV is also very bad for the eyes and their effects are irreversible. Like UVA, UVB can cause skin cancer and age prematurely. Indeed, mountain guides tend to age eyes faster than the rest of the population. The Sunday skier may suffer from snow ophthalmia or photokeratitis, an affliction resulting in eye burns, as if grains of sand were embedded in your eyelid. As you will have understood, it is essential for you to take glasses with protective glasses before closing your suitcase (the masks are also accepted).

Video: How to Learn to Ski (December 2019).