How To Avoid Sunburn On The Slopes


If there is one thing that most people forget on a ski holiday, it’s SUNSCREEN!

Yes it might be absolutely freezing and in some cases the temperatures are minus however the UV rays are sometimes stronger than on a sun holiday.P20 absorbs really quickly and can last up to 10 hours on the skin. When you are at the top of a mountain, the air is thinner so it isn’t able to filter the UV rays which cause sunburn. The higher you get, the stronger the UV rays. For every 1,000ft above sea level the intensity of exposure increases by 5%. If you consider how high your ski resort may be, you are looking at exposure of up to 35-40%. As we know snow is highly reflective and on a bright day on the slopes can reflect as much as 85% of the UV radiation back towards you. The rays also come from below you and above you too.

When you think about all of the above, it makes you think about the importance of wearing sunscreen and avoiding getting sunburnt on the slopes.

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Here are 5 different things you can do to PROTECT YOUR SKIN on the slopes

Apply Sunscreen Liberally 

Apply sunscreen liberally to any exposed skin mainly your hands and face at least 30 minutes before heading onto the slopes. P20 has factors ranging from SPF15 to SPF50 but the higher the SPF the better. Your full face, ears and neck are most important. As the UV rays are reflected off the snow you can get burnt in places like under your chin and nose, so be thorough with your application. They now have a new P20 Face that is solely for the face. You can buy it in Mc Cabes Pharmacy HERE on offer for €18.35 normally €24.50.



Avoid The Sun At The Strongest Time 

The sun is at its strongest at midday; so skiing in the morning or in late afternoon means that you will avoid the sun when it is at its most harmful. A cloudy day can also still have harmful UV rays so sunscreen is still necessary. If you look at the photograph of me on the slopes last week (ABOVE), you will see that it is extremely cloudy yet the sun is beaming onto the mountain still.


Cover Exposed Skin

Keeping your skin covered as much as possible not only helps with the cold but also with exposure from the sun. A helmet can protect your scalp, gloves will protect your hands and goggles to protect your eyes from glare on the snow. I also wear a gaiter up over my whole face sometimes when it’s cold which can protect the skin fully then too.


Protect your lips

The skin on your lips is super delicate and much thinner than the rest of your skin. When on the slopes it’s important to use a lip balm with SPF 15+ protection to protect your lips from harmful UV rays and stop them from getting dry and cracking. This happened to me when I was first got here so this is really important!


Choose Sunscreen with UVA & UVB Protection 

P20 provides protection against both but gives an extra high level of protection against UVA rays, and prevents premature aging.

UVB and UVA rays – What’s the difference?

UVA rays tan the skin, affect the elasticity of the skin (wrinkles), cause skin cancer and penetrates deeper into the skin – predominantly aging the skin. On the other hand, UVB rays burn and make your skin turn red and these rays can also cause skin cancer. UVB protection is indicated by SPF factor, e.g. 15, 20, 30 and 50 on your P20 Sunscreen bottle. The SPF describes the time you can spend in the sun without any sun protection compared to how long your skin can tolerate exposure to the sun having a given SPF. 50% of the rays from the sun will be filtered away using SPF 2. Using SPF 20 filters 95% of the suns rays away.

These are just tips that I find work for me on the slopes. It has been so sunny here for the past two weeks so P20 has been a godsend to me. The rest of my team have been using it also which is great.

Happy skiing everyone. Hope my few tips were helpful to you all 🙂

NOTE: This is a sponsored blog post. All views are my own. I would not promote a product without being 100% confident in it. I have used P20 for years so I was delighted to collaborate with such a brand to promote the wearing of sun protection on the slopes.

Love Aoibhe xxx


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