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Winter Sun Safety

Embracing these cold winter months with a variety of outdoor activities will surely have a positive effect on your health but, unfortunately with colder weather, it’s easy to forget to stay sun safe.

Exposure to UV rays during the winter can still be damaging to our skin and eyes. Fresh white snow reflects up to 88% of the sun’s UV rays, almost doubling your UV exposure.  This can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, sunburns, snow blindness and cataracts.

Follow these tips to stay sun safe this winter:

Eye protection

  • Wear close fitting/wrap-around sunglasses or goggles
  • Look for UV 400 or 100% UV protection

Cover up

  • Wear a hat (which will not only keep you warm but protect your head)
  • Consider wearing a mask (or balaclava) to protect your face from the sun and wind


  • Apply plenty of sunscreen
  • Look for SPF 30 or more and labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant” on skin not covered by clothes
  • Use a sunscreen lip balm