Can I get a sunburn in winter - Toes on the Nose

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The seasons are changing and the days are getting shorter and colder but there is still so much to do outdoors. From fall hikes and bike rides to skiing and snowboarding or surfing and fishing there are tons of ways to play outside all year long no matter where you live. And while your wardrobe might be changing, it's still really important to keep the sun in mind before you go outside.

Can I still get a sunburn in winter?

It's true that UVB rays (which are the main cause of sunburn) are weaker in the winter time. However, prolonged exposure to UVA rays can be harmful too and not all sunscreens will protect you from UVA. Thankfully, there are some great ways to stay safe in any season.

On the water:

SUP on Lake Tahoe UV50 Swim Shirts

The fall and winter are a great time to get out on the water. There is less traffic and the air and the water seems clearer and crisper. But whether you're fishing, surfing or paddle boarding, you need to keep the sun in mind. We recommend our Element Guard for every water sport. This UPF 50 rash guard fits snug without being tight, dries quickly and has great freedom of motion with it's 4 way stretch. Most importantly though, it's also a UPF 50 swim shirt and will keep you safe from both UVA and UVB rays all day long.

 Fall Hiking: 

Fall Hiking Tahoe Sun Hats

The seasons are changing, the leaves are turning colors and the hiking trails are calling. Even though it might be starting to cool down, you'll start to heat up on the trail. Be sure to layer up and bring a thermo-regulating top (like our Sea Silk Growler) to keep your body temperature the same all day. Also, don't forget to bring a wide brim hat like our Beach Hat to keep the sun off your face.

 Skiing and Riding:

spring skiing upf 50

It's hard to think you can get a sunburn when you're bundled up from head to toe but the sun can wreck almost as much havoc on your body as an icy trail. UV exposure goes up 4-10% every 1000 feet of elevation you gain above sea level which means UVB levels can be 60% higher at your favorite ski resort. Grab an Element Guard as this UPF 50 sun shirt makes a perfect base layer to keep you protected when you take your jacket off for lunch and always use a broad spectrum sunscreen on your face to fight off your goggle tan. 

Remember, summer might be over but the fight against harmful UV rays goes on all year long. So stay covered, don't forget your sunscreen and we'll see you out there. 


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