Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
“It’s easy to associate winter with frostbite and windburn, but most people are unaware that UV rays can be every bit as damaging on the slopes as on the beach,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “With the winter sports season ahead of us, it’s more important than ever to take proper precautions on the slopes.”
Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.
Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness, so you have to take extra precautions. To protect your skin from the bitter cold, heavy winds and winter sun, follow these important sun protection tips:
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher whenever you spend extended time outdoors. Apply 30 minutes before hitting the slopes. Be aware that the sun’s reflection off the snow is strong even on cloudy days. (Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds.)
Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly to all exposed skin – most skiers and snowboarders do not use enough. You should apply at least a teaspoon to the face.
Use a moisturizing sunscreen with ingredients like lanolin or glycerin. Winter conditions can be particularly harsh on the skin.
Be sure to cover often-missed spots: the lips, ears, around the eyes, and on the neck, the underside of chin, scalp and hands.
Reapply every two hours, and immediately after heavy sweating.
Always wear a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher – lips are very sensitive.
Carry a travel-sized sunscreen and lip balm with you on the slopes. Reapply on the chairlift, especially after a long, snow-blown run.
Read more winter sun safety tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation here.
It’s November again, which means that across much of America, pleasant summer and autumn weather is being replaced by the cold, dry, windy weather of winter. With that weather comes dry chapped lips and skin caused by low humidity and windy conditions. For outdoor enthusiasts, that typically means chapped lips and dry, chapped fingers and hands. The pain associated with these conditions makes participation in all sports and outdoor activities more difficult.
The primary cause of drier, reddened and cracking skin is the lower humidity, the winter wind and the lower temperatures. These conditions dry out your lips, creating a natural urge to apply moisturizers or lick the lips frequently. Licking your lips results in more cracks and irritation, and more licking — a very vicious cycle. The change in weather also dries the skin on your hands, resulting in cracks around your nails. This can make even the most mundane daily tasks quite painful.
There are several things you can do to prevent chapped, painful lips and hands:
For areas of cracked, reddened and painful lips and skin apply products that contain 1% Hydrocortisone. The Hydrocortisone acts by reducing the inflammation associated with chapped lips and dry, scaling skin. It heals the chapped skin and cracked areas on your lips and fingers making the harsh weather more tolerable. It is also effective for fever blisters, chapped skin due to lip licking (especially in children), allergies to lipstick, and effects of chemicals in other lip balms that may cause painful, irritated lips.
Applying lotion that contains 1% Hydrocortisone can also reduce the scaling and dryness associated with winter weather. As an ingredient, it helps to make skin moisturizers more effective by healing the cracked areas on your skin.
When the winter weather makes your skin and lips miserable, reach for Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm, the only lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone and Dr. Dan’s Hand Lotion for softer, more comfortable lips and skin.
Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Dan’s partner Mike Iaconelli’s weekly column in Bassmaster.com.
We spend a huge amount of time out in the sun. I’ve been told that skin cancer is a leading cause of death for people in our business. Much of it could be avoided if we just took the time to protect ourselves.
You’ll notice that many of the photographs you see on this site and others show anglers covered from head to toe. We wear gloves, hats with sun capes, long pants and sun buffs. There’s a reason for that. Overexposure to the sun is not healthy. There’s nothing manly about sunburn.
Some anglers have said they don’t want to wear all that clothing. They think it’s probably hot and uncomfortable. If you buy good stuff, it won’t bother you at all. I wear it all the time without any discomfort. Most of the time I don’t even know I’m wearing it.
The final thing about skin care is to always use some form of sunblock. Make it a part of your morning grooming routine before you leave your room or your home. I do. Use whatever brand you want but make sure it’s a first-class product. I use Doctor Dan’s. I’m well satisfied with it.
You can check out the entire article at: http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/ike-take-care-yourself.
This month’s true story comes from Cecilia Henson, who has long suffered from allergic reactions to mosquito bites.
Hi, my name is Cecilia Henson and this message is regarding the Dr. Dan’s Anti-itch Stick and how it has helped me immensely these last few days. I was relaxing in the backyard with my friend, Danny Devries, when I abruptly started to itch my leg and I immediately knew I had been bit by a mosquito. Being allergic to them, I suffer all summer long with tennis ball sized swells on my legs that are consistently itching for days. Normally, I take a Benadryl and rub cortisone cream on the bumps almost hourly while resisting the urge to itch. So, I asked Danny if he had any cortisone that I could use and, surprisingly enough, he gave me the Anti-itch Stick. Never having heard of Dr. Dan’s products before, I was skeptical but very relieved and desperate at the same time. I rubbed the Anti- itch stick on all three mosquito bites and it worked instantly, alleviating both the itch and the swelling. I was in complete disbelief! Nothing has ever worked this well. I will always continue to purchase Dr. Dan’s from now on and recommend it to everyone I know.
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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, and that means that those who work outside most of the time are at high risk for this disease. However, the dangers of skin cancer in this industry have often been neglected.
Follow these prevention guidelines for outdoor workers below to stay safe in the sun:
Thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation for these great tips!
We had an amazing time this weekend at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic 2015 presented by GoPro. We spent time with Roland Martin and Chris Ludwig, gave out a ton of free CortiBalm, and met lots of our Twitter fans! Check out the gallery below to see more.