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Sun Smart at the snow

Did you know that ultraviolet radiation is higher in the alpine environment? Use this handy information to make sure you're sunsmart at the snow.

Reflective surfaces, such as water and snow, increase your risk of sun damage as these surfaces also reflect ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In some cases you can almost get a double dose of UV – directly from the sun and then through reflection.

In fact, clean snow reflects up to 90% of UV radiation and that UV gets 4% stronger for each 300m rise in altitude? The Australian Alps are 1800–2300m above sea level and the levels of UV are 24–28% stronger. Whether on the slopes, at the coast or on the mountains, check out our top tips and learn before you burn.

  • Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! Use the five steps together for maximum sun protection. And remember to follow our guidelines so you use each one correctly!
  • Reapply every two hours – put a small tube of sunscreen in your jacket pocket or bag.
  • Apply SPF30+, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and lip balm at least 20 minutes before going outside to protect any part of my body that is exposed.
  • Try to take breaks undercover during the middle part of the day.

 

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