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How to help protect your skin when rockclimbing ?

  • How can I protect my skin from UV rays when rock climbing?

    Rock climbing is not for the faint hearted. It takes precision, patience and a thrill seeking attitude. And it can give your skin a battering, with the constant exposure to the elements. So, before you venture up Everest, be prepared for the UV rays. It isn’t just sun seekers on the beach that are at a risk a red nose or peeling shoulders. In fact, hikers, skiers and climbers are some of the worst affected by the effects of the sun.

    The mountain I am climbing is covered in snow, do I still need sun cream?

    Mountain tops and cliff faces are often more dangerous than beaches when it comes to UV rays. The high altitudes mean there is very little atmosphere to shield the harmful rays. Icy peaks can cause even more damage because they reflect the rays, which makes them even more intense. So, don’t be shy with the sun cream. Get the highest factor you can find and apply it regularly. Choose sun cream which has a broad spectrum formula to ensure that you are protected from both UVA rays (the rays that age skin) and UVB rays (the rays that show visible effects of the sun). Be sure to apply lotion all over your face, especially on your nose, neck and ears.

    What else can I do to prevent increased wrinkles and the effects of the sun?

    Cover up as much as possible. For rock climbing up mountains like Everest, wear at least three layers. Thermals, followed by a fleece layer and a down layer on top. A bandana will keep your neck protected. Ensure your boots are frost proof and don’t forget to protect your head and face. Skin on your face should be protected with a balaclava and neoprene face mask. Protect your head with a fleece hat and a baseball cap. Obviously not all climbs will be as gruelling as Everest. So, you can modify this outfit accordingly depending on where you are climbing. Choose thinner clothes for sunny areas and apply high factor sun cream to any exposed areas of skin. This will protect you against UV rays and also prevent your body from overheating.


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