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How to protect your skin during a ski-season

16th October 2012  : 

If you are heading off to the slopes this ski season, then make sure you take care of your skin to minimize damage caused by the elements. The combination of cold weather and bright sunshine can cause your skin to suffer, but you can protect yourself if you remember to take along the right skin care products.

The sun is very strong in the popular skiing areas, so you must wear a sun protection with at least an SPF 30 at all times to stop the sun damaging your skin. While most people associate sunburn with beach holidays, you are just as much at risk when you are halfway up a snow-covered mountain because ultraviolet (UV) rays are stronger at high altitudes. The rays are around five per cent stronger for every 1,000 feet that you are above sea level and because the snow and ice reflect the sun, that leaves you even more exposed to the sun's rays. When you are selecting your sun care product, choose one that states it has a good UVA filter as well as a high SPF to ensure you providing your skin with maximum protection. Read the labels and look for one that has four or more UVA stars or a logo with UVA written inside a circle.

The sun can make your skin age prematurely and can cause lines and wrinkles to form too. However, if you do suffer sunburn on holiday, don't worry because you can undo much of the damage with some pampering skin treatments when you get home.

Dermatology treatments such as Microdermabrasion, facial peels and laser treatments can help to improve the look of your skin and reduce the appearance of sun damage, lines and wrinkles. If you combine these skin treatments with a good skin care routine when you are away skiing, this should help to keep your skin looking youthful and beautiful.

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