You’ve all seen it before – your friend comes home from a weekend of skiing with a goggle-outlined sunburn on their face. Fortunately, while you are snowboarding, your entire body is usually pretty covered up by the snow gear, so you don’t have to worry about apply sunscreen to the body. But we cannot forget our sun exposed face. Skiing and snowboarding on a snow covered mountain can almost give you double the sun exposure. Why? Because the white of the snow reflects the sun! You are not only getting the exposure direclty from the sun, but also the reflection of the UV rays off of the snow. Also, skiing and snowboarding is a form of exercise, which means you are likely to sweat. This means that the reapplication sunscreen is even more important every 80 minutes because you will likely sweat off a portion of it throughout the day.
The nose is one of the most common places to get a non-melanoma skin cancer because it is exposed ALL of the time, so we need to pay special attention to protect it. You’ve probably seen the old TV shows where the lifeguard wears the thick white zinc on his nose – while it looks silly, the idea is actually pretty good because it will definitely be protected that way! But since that isn’t realistic, while skiing, you can wear a mask (which will not only protect you from the sun, but also wind) or you can apply and reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.