Many families will be hitting the slopes this year. Whether your winter sport of choice is skiing, snowboarding, or simply enjoying the crisp, cool air at the base of the mountain, there are important sun safety precautions you need to be aware of in order to keep your children safe and healthy this winter.
Sun damage often isn’t the first thing that parents worry about when they think of their kids participating in snow sports. The primary concerns are usually head protection and making sure they dress in plenty of layers to fight off the cold. While those are important precautions, they fall short by leaving your child’s face and eyes unprotected from the sun and any tumbles they may take.
The appropriate eye wear is essential for winter sports. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that the risk of sun damage to the eyes actually increases on the slopes due to both the sun’s reflection off of the snow and the higher altitudes. They point out that “UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level.”
That means that “at an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level.” They go on to say that snow actually reflects up to 80 percent of UV rays, “meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice.”
But this news doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom for winter sports fans. All you need are some reliable sunglasses, like the ones from Real Kids Shades, which offer 100% UVA/UVB protection.
Other important aspects to consider when shopping for the right pair of sunglasses for winter sports are comfort, durability, and protection from possible falls or tumbles. Our Xylex and TPE frames are made to withstand anything your kids can throw at them, and the neoprene bands mean they won’t fall off. The wrap-around design keeps kids’ eyes safe from peripheral light, allowing them to see more clearly while offering maximum protection from scrapes or scratches. Finally, our kid-tested designs are made to be comfortable and stylish, which means your kids will actually want to wear them.
With all the technology and design offered in our sunglasses, eye safety will be an easy item to check off your to-do list before your family ski trip. Check out our product gallery and our Pinterest page for more winter sports tips and sunglass styles.