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Going Skiing This Winter? Don’t Forget That SPF

Yes, you still need it.

Chase Pellerin

From Issue Five of Gear Patrol Magazine.
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Skiers and snowboarders, repeat the following: “I will always wear sunscreen.” Even if the sky is gray and cloudy, there’s a good chance your skin will be exposed to ultraviolet radiation on the slopes. “At higher elevations, the sun can be stronger,” says Dr. Jeremy Fenton, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. Plus, Dr. Fenton compares the reflective qualities of snow to that of sand on the beach. “It magnifies the intensity of the sun and the amount of UVs,” he says.

For broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, Dr. Fenton recommends a physical sunscreen with at least five percent zinc oxide, such as the Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen ($28). Of course, any sunscreen — whether it’s made with mineral or chemical blockers — is better than none. “I always tell my patients, the best sunscreen is the sunscreen you’re going to use,” he says. “If you don’t like the way that it looks or feels and you’re not going to use it, then it’s not going to be a good sunscreen.

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