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Enjoy activities in the snow but protect the skin around your eyes

Proper protection against UV radiation on the slopes

When you're out on the slopes this winter, be aware that prolonged UV exposure increases your risk of certain facial skin cancers. A lot of us are already aware that exposure to UV radiation is greater on the slopes because of the higher altitude and UV rays from the sun reflecting back onto the skin from snow. A recent study out of the University of Liverpool showed that despite the use of sunscreen, people missed up to 9.5% of their faces on average. The most commonly missed areas were found to be the eyelids and the area between the inner corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. So be sure to thoroughly apply sunblock and wear goggles or glasses that properly wrap around your eyes.

Reference: Pratt H, Hassanin K, Troughton LD, Czanner G, Zheng Y, McCormick AG, et al. (2017) UV imaging reveals facial areas that are prone to skin cancer are disproportionately missed during sunscreen application. PLoS ONE12(10): e0185297.

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