Sun Protection in Winter? Ask an Olympian

Sun Protection in Winter? Ask an Olympian
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin in less than a month. While the events are cold weather related – bobsled, hockey, ice skating and skiing to name a few – the athletes remind us of the importance of sun protection year round, no matter where you live. US Olympic skier Julia Mancuso is a US favorite (gold medalist and Minnesota native Lindsay Vonn is staying home due to injuries). Julia is out skiing every day to train. And although the temperatures may be low, UV rays are still damaging – especially at higher altitudes, such as in Sochi where the alpine ski courses start more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Julie gives her tips on sun protection before hitting the slopes. Apply sunscreen at least fifteen minutes before going outside Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) Reapply sunscreen every few hours; keep a small bottle of sunscreen with you Don’t forget to protect your eyes! Wear a hat or helmet Along with UPF 50+ sun protective hats, 100% UV protective sunglasses and SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen, we recommend the Coolibar Sun Gaiter for added face and neck coverage. We wish Julia and the other athletes great success at the Olympics. Whether you’re going outside to cross-country ski, or taking your dog for a walk, or if you happen to be going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi (jealous!), remember: it’s always important to protect your skin from the sun!
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