Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing Safe In Winter Weather Part 2

As we continue our discussion on protecting your skin against the cold winter elements, we will discuss the best times to go out, the proper eyewear and the need to stay hydrated. These topics are important because it doesn't matter if you participate in winter sports professionally or recreationally you always want to be safe and not become careless and cause yourself short or long term harm to your health.
  Just as overexposure to the sun in the summer can cause skin cancer, the same rule applies as you go skiing or sledding down your neighborhood hill. The best times to go out are before 10am and after 4pm, as the times are before and after the sun has reached its hottest. Also know is the sun's UV rays can be harmful on cloudy days as the UV rays can penetrate clouds by 80% on cloudy days.
   As you are skiing down the slopes the last thing your thinking about are your eyes but they need protection just as the rest of your body does even not moreso. Your eyes are extremely sensitive to the harshness of the cold winter wind and temperatures, especially the skin around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is a common site for skin cancer and sun-induced aging, so wear proper goggles or glasses that offer 99% UV protection and apply a handmade lotion or body butter to your eyelids and under eye.
Finally, keep your body hydrated as the cold weather drys your skin it absorbs the water / moisture out of your body. So, be sure to take plenty of breaks perhaps every two hours to drink water and also reapply your handmade lotion, body butter, lip balm with sunscreen and moisturizing agents like olive oil, sweet almond oil and avocado oil.

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