Sun protection in the mountains

When you finally made it out of the fog to the sun, the first thing you want to do is enjoy the sun and feel the warming rays on your skin. If you follow these tips, you will be protected from the risks of the sun and can enjoy the warming rays of the sun without a guilty conscience.
The sun is particularly strong in the mountains. But why is this so? On the one hand, we are in the mountains at much higher altitudes than in the Central Plateau, so the protective layer is much thinner and the UV index increases. On the other hand, the sunlight is reflected by the snow, thus increasing the radiation by up to 90%. The cold is also particularly insidious in the mountains, which is why the sun's rays are often perceived as less intense.
Although tanning is still in vogue, UV radiation is responsible for premature aging of the skin and even skin cancer. The UVA rays are responsible for skin aging and the UVB rays are responsible for sunburn, which can damage the skin in the long term.
In order to protect yourself from this radiation, it is important to use sun creams with high UVA and UVB filters, depending on your skin type.

Not only the face needs sun protection

Like the skin, the eyes also need sun protection. Sunglasses or ski goggles are therefore essential. If no headgear is worn, the forehead, vertex and ears must also be protected from the sun and creamed. It is also recommended to use a product with sun protection factor for lip care.

Vitamin D and sunlight

The body relies on sunlight for the formation of vitamin D3, as the diet only makes a small contribution. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is of the opinion that sunlight is an unreliable source of vitamin D and that in the winter months at our latitudes the sun's radiation is too low. Vitamin D is particularly important for bone formation. It helps to bring calcium into the bones and teeth.

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