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SUNBATHING ON THE MOUNTAINS

While sunbathing on the mountains, like on the beach, skin must be protected from reddenings and burnings, due to long…

sole-sulla-neveWhile sunbathing on the mountains, like on the beach, skin must be protected from reddenings and burnings, due to long sun exposure.  Protecting the skin from the sun reflection on snow and ice is paramount because the risk is even higher than normal.

To avoid problems, protection creams with UV filters are fundamental.

Reflected light

Snow reflects 80% of UV rays, they add up to sun rays and they both hit our skin. Eyes must be protected with sunglasses, futhermore apply sun protection products on the skin, in particular on the most delicate areas, such as lips, nose,ears and eye contour. 

Height

Beyond 1.500 meters, sun rays are much more powerful and intense. Radiation increases of 5-6% for every kilometer in altitude. The risk of burnings is even higher with a clouded sky. 

Cold and wind 

They cause skin dehydration and in extreme conditions they can even cause cracks and abrasions. Face and hands are more under pressure, being the most exposed areas.

Lips, nose and ears. 

These are very delicate and sensitive areas, because they are the most exposed to external agents. Lips in particular are not protected by pigmentation nor by a thicker layer of skin to stop UV rays. The use of a specific product is highly recommended, with “barrier” features, so that it can stop radiations.