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Sunburn Still Possible In Winter

By travel
October 27, 2010, 6:57:42 AM EDT

When you think of getting sunburn, most of the time you are thinking about spending too much time in the sun at the beach or pool. However, summer is not the only time of year when you can get sunburn!

In winter, particularly when there is snow on the ground, it is a good idea to protect your skin not only from the cold, but from "snow burn". Even at its low winter angle, sunlight reflects strongly off of white snow, in much the same way it would reflect off water from a pool or lake. These reflected rays can then hit your skin, and overexposure can cause sunburn. This is in addition to the direct rays of sunlight already hitting your skin.


It may sound strange, but before hitting the slopes this winter, you may want to consider applying some sunblock, as well as wearing sunglasses or ski goggles.

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