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!
- 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.
- Reapply every two hours – put a small tube of sunscreen in your jacket pocket or bag.
- Try to take breaks undercover during the middle part of the day.