These people don’t make a beeline each January to some warm-weather beach destination, but rather enjoy dressing in so many layers they walk like a penguin.
Do you know what these people are called? Crazy!
(Disclaimer: I was raised in upstate New York, so trust me: I know what a cold winter really feels like.)
Tropical island getaways aren’t the only popular vacation spots this time of year. For those who embrace and enjoy the cold, skiing has long been a great vacation pastime here in the United States, whether you’re hitting the mountains in Utah, Colorado, Vermont or anywhere in between. (Except Wisconsin – sorry Wisconsin, but your mountains are what the rest of us call hills. We love your cheese though!)
What can be more enjoyable than breathing in the brisk mountain air as you ski your way through the perfect powder on a crisp, sunny winter day?
In my opinion, lots of things, but this isn’t an opinion piece!
Protecting your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays is critical in the summertime – and it’s also essential in the winter months too.
Being outside on a sunny winter day when the thermometer is close to zero doesn’t mean you have a lesser chance of getting sunburned. If you’re out skiing, your risks of sunburn and skin damage are just as high on days like that as they over when at the beach over the summer. The only reason you don’t get sunburned more in the winter is because you have less exposed skin – it’s all underneath the layers of clothes you wear to stay warm!
What’s more, when it comes to skiing and being outdoors on a mountain:
Ever see someone who just came back from a ski vacation with a “goggle tan”? It’s usually pretty hilarious, right?
No? Oh well, at least I think it is. Although I don’t ski, so I can’t say I’ve ever had one. But I have gotten a line from wearing my sunglasses at the beach all day, which is kind of the same thing.
All kidding aside, your face is one of the few exposed parts of your body during the winter, so it’s the most likely to get sunburned. While it will eventually fade into a nice tan, that sunburn is actually a sign of skin damage.
Skiers dress in so many layers of clothing from head to toe that their bodies are already getting a lot of protection from the sun. Regular followers of us here at JoeShade already know how important clothing is to protecting yourself from sun damage to your skin, but it bears repeating – clothing, shade, and sunscreen are three of the most important ways to avoid sunburn from harmful UV rays.
When you’re out hitting the slopes, be it the Black Diamond or the Bunny Slope (I won’t judge which – who am I kidding, yes I will), be sure to:
Whether you’re skiing the slopes or sitting on the sidelines watching your child’s Little League baseball game, make sure to do the following to keep your skin from getting sun damage from harmful UV rays:
The JoeShade portable shade umbrella is unique in its sun safety features. Our shade umbrellas are made with a special fabric specifically designed to block harmful UV rays. Easy to carry wherever you go, and even easier to set up, JoeShade umbrellas are great for sports fans, campers, tailgaters, and anyone that enjoys being outside and wants to maintain healthy skin.
Enjoy the ski slopes, my crazy cold-weather fans! If you need to find me, I’ll be at the beach under my portable JoeShade umbrella!