The Importance of Sunscreen and Eye Protection While Snowshoeing
By. Marcia Jeffries
When we say sunscreen, the first thing that pops into most people’s head is the beach. However, what most people don’t know is that the sun is can actually be harsher during the winter months. This is because unlike the beach in the summer, the snow in the winter acts like a giant reflective mirror, amplifying the suns effects and the damage of the UV rays. Therefore, sunscreen and lip balm is crucial while snowshoeing. Additionally, because it is so much colder during the winter, it is often more difficult to tell if your skin is getting burnt or damaged. A Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 will help keep your skin protected. You preferably want to get an active or sport sunscreen that won’t come off when you sweat. Sunscreen can also help keep your skin moisturized during your outdoor activities in the cold dry winter month. Sunscreen should be applied before heading out, and should be reapplied every few hours (more often if the sun is especially strong or bright). The more fare your skin, the more often you should apply sunscreen. Make sure to cover your nose, forehead, and cheeks especially well!
Sunglasses or goggles are equally important when snowshoeing. As mentioned earlier, the UV effects of the sun are extremely powerful during the winter because they reflect off the snow. Therefore, eye protection is very important. Polarized glasses will offer the best protection against these rays, as they do the best job of filtering these harmful rays. Goggles can perform the same function as sunglasses if you plan on snowshoeing in cold or especially windy weather. If you do plan on using goggles, make sure you get a dark lens and a polarized lens if possible.