Many people don’t realize they are at risk for skin cancer in the winter, especially if they are around snow or at a higher elevation. Professional skier and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso is serving as a SPOTlighter with the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer initiative, helping get the word out about skin cancer prevention and detection.
Julia shares some suggestions for protecting your skin while on the slopes.
1. Put sunscreen on 15 minutes before going outdoors.
2. When selecting a sunscreen, choose a product SPF 30 or greater with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection.
3. Make sunscreen a part of your ski gear bag.
4. Always protect your nose and wear zinc oxide.
5. Find time while you are on the slopes to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.
6. Start your day with a daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it.
7. Wear goggles or sunglasses with UVA/UVB.
8. Wear a hat.