Did You Know?
- UV rays are just as damaging to your skin and eyes in the winter as they are in the summer months, even when it’s cloudy.
- Snow and ice are highly reflective and increase the amount of UV radiation you receive.
- Snow blindness is a temporary condition that causes eye pain so severe you can’t keep your eyes open.
- UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes such as when mountain skiing or snowboarding.
Sun exposure and your skin & eyes
Exposure to UV rays can lead to:
- Skin cancer
- Eye lesions
- Skin damage
- Retinal burns
Enjoy the sun safely. Protect your skin and eyes.
Time of Day: Avoid direct sun exposure when the UV index is 3 or higher.
Shade: Seek shade or make shade by using and umbrella, UV protected tent, or other shaded shelter.
Cover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much of the skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a hat to cover your head and keep it warm. Wear a balaclava to protect your face from the sun and wind.
Sunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant”. Reapply when needed. Use a sunscreen lip balm.
Sunglasses: Wear close-fitting/wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.
Things to avoid
- Getting a tan or sunburn
- Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead.