Goggle tans are glorious, but they can be dangerous, too. And we’re not just talking about being dangerously good-looking, we’re talking about being at risk of skin cancer.
That just got real really quickly, but it’s for a reason: skin cancer sneaks up on you.
This isn’t meant to read like Scared Straight programming, but it’s important to emphasize that skin cancer can appear out of nowhere because, at the end of the day, you can prevent it.
Spending days out on the snow can put you at greater risk of getting burnt than during the summer for two main reasons: people don’t always think to put sunscreen on when it’s cold out, and snow amplifies the sun’s rays.
Beyond just getting burnt, winter is also dry. Humidity levels drop, cold air moves in, and your skin is going to get dry. Especially because, as a skier, you spend a lot of time in the cold.
Skiers and riders can take care of their skin with a couple simple steps. Because, let’s be honest--everyone loves the ski bum who’s been at the resort for 60 years, but no one wants to look as sun-worn and be at risk for cancer just because they followed their passions.
Think about your skincare regimen as having four parts: pre-ski, skiing, post-ski, and off days.
Pre-ski you should be thinking preventatively. What are the conditions, and what can you do about it? If it’s warm and you’re not going to have a lot of skin coverage, reach for the sunscreen. If it’s super cold and you’ll be layered up, make sure to cover any exposed skin with sunscreen.
While You Ski
While you’re skiing, there’s not much you can do. If you don’t have sunscreen, sometimes you can get some on the mountain (assuming you’re skiing at a resort). That said, blocking the wind with more layers will help protect your skin from the elements.
When you’re not skiing, treat your skin well. Hydrate, exfoliate, all that good stuff it needs to thrive.