Your Skin in the Cold

We put together interesting facts and useful tips around what happens to your skin in colder weather, UV on the slopes and what you can do to maintain healthy, glowing skin in winter. 

  • UV rays can be more damaging in alpine regions because you absorb both the direct UV rays from the sun and the diffuse UV rays reflected off of the snow.

  • For every 1,000 feet/300 meters above sea level, the amount of UV rays that reach the earth's surface increases by up to 5% - a mountain at 10,000 feet/3,000 meters receives 50% more UV exposure than the same area at sea level.

  • Snow reflects around 85% of the sun's UV rays so you may burn in unusual places like under your chin.

  • Up to 80% of the sun's UV rays penetrate light clouds, and what gets through can reflect back and forth between the clouds and the snow. 

  • The British Association of Dermatologistsadvises using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and reapplying it regularly to all areas of exposed skin.

  • Diffused UV rays reflected off of the snow can mean that whilst participating in winter sports you are subjecting your eyes to twice as much UV light.

  • UV radiation from the sun can damage the eye's surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. UV can burn the surface of the eye much like sunburn on skin. To protect your eyes from UV exposure, wear good quality UV protective sunglasses/goggles.

For up-to-date UV weather forecast, visit:

World UV Map App

The World UV Map Appdeveloped by the MET and the British Association of Dermatologists, provides real-time information on daily UV levels across 10,000 locations worldwide and is available for free on both IPhone and Android.

Useful tips to for beautiful winter skin

  1. Switch from lighter moisturizers to richer lotions or creams.

  2. For an intensive treatment, mix moisturizers with some drops of natural oils or go for the oil on its own.

  3. Use rich lip balms with colour instead of lipstick or lip gloss. Lipstick can cause dry lips in the cold and lip gloss can cause sunburn damages.

  4. Wait inside for at least 20-30 minutes when applying hydrating moisturizers at temperatures of 0 degrees and colder. Sensitive and thin facial skin can suffer from veins bursting through the mix of extreme cold temperatures and water that isn’t yet absorbed by your cells.

  5. Take advantage of nutritional sheet masks work to sooth your skin after a day out in the cold.


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