Let’s talk about something possibly uncool and something that people overlook and never bother with because they can’t be bothered.
Unless you wear a bandana/facemask while you snowboard, you should be using sunscreen. Stay with me here okay… I know a lot of you may start zoning out now, but let me explain why.
Why you need to be use sunscreen while snowboarding:
Sunscreen may not be ‘cool’, but you know what’s even less cool? Skin cancer.
I get that goggle tans are almost like a rider’s badge of honour and that you may not be a girl and therefore you don’t use moisturisers and fancy face products, but skin cancer is not exactly something you want.
I don’t think it takes much convincing to know that any cancer is a bad thing and you want to avoid it, especially if it’s easily preventable.
Why snowboarding has a higher chance of skin cancer:
- Sun = UV Rays (that thing that causes tanning and sun burn)
- Too much UV Rays = Increase risk of skin cancer
Okay, so UV rays are bad and all that, but it’s not worse than not wearing sunscreen anywhere else right? Wrong.
Ski resorts are located at higher elevations, which means there’s less atmosphere and that results in stronger UV rays than other places. Also, don’t forget that those stronger UV rays are reflecting off the snow and giving you even more UV ray exposure.
This is why people get goggle tans so quickly. It’s also why you have an increased risk of skin cancer if you leave your face uncovered and ride without sunscreen while you snowboard.
A simple list:
- It costs less than $10-15 for a bottle of sunscreen
- You’ll get less wrinkles & look younger
- Girls will find your smooth moisturized skin sexy
Now go get some sunscreen. Heck, go get some of that new fancy manly sunscreen by one of the sports companies for all I care. Just go get some.
ps – If you’re not the sunscreen type, go buy a facemask like these.