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A [Link Removed] reveals that ski resort patrons are not taking enough precautions to protect themselves from UV radiation.

There's a surprising amount UV at high elevations; in fact, skiers are bathed in radiation.  Under certain conditions, the UV index on a snowy mountaintop can be even more dangerous than on a hot summer's day at the beach. This is because of the reflective properties of snow and ice.

The study showed that UV radiation was highest

At midday

In Spring

Under clear skies

At higher altitudes

Closer to the equator

At higher temperatures

Of course, avoidance of these peak conditions does not mean absolute UV protection, the researchers say. Although UV can drop by as much as half with cloud cover, for example, there is still plenty of skin- damaging radiation that sneaks through.

How can you protect yourself?  The same rules hold true for winter sun as for summer sun; but here at PharmacyMix we have a few shortcuts which will make your life easier:

•Cover up with clothing. Make sure you don't forget gloves, sunglasses and a brimmed head covering.
•Cover up with sunscreen. Researchers suggest reapplication every 2 hours, for two reasons: loss of protection as the product is washed away by moisture or perspiration; and the breakdown of the product itself under UV radiation.
•Your choice of sunscreen is just as important. If you are active, opt for highly water resistant products such as [Link Removed]are both excellent products with all the robust features of their face and body counterparts. Do not trust high-shine non –SPF lip glosses as they will only increase the sun damage to your lips.
•Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Eat your lunch in the shade, and if you're resting while other skiers catch up to you, stop under a tree.
•Beat the sun and the crowds at the same time: avoid the slopes at midday when the UV index is highest. Avoid going to the mountain on the sunniest days of the spring and ask your favorite ski resorts to publish daily UV indexes to increase people's awareness of the need for sun-safety behaviors.
See you on the slopes!

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