SPF and Snow: All You Need to Know

SPF and the Snow ISDIN Sunscreen
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There for you during life’s brightest moments — from those relaxing days by the pool to incredible mountain hikes and cityside escapes. Rain or shine, hot or cold… can you guess what it is?

Sunscreen is not only a staple in your daily routine, it’s a must for your winter getaways. In fact, it’s even more important to wear it when you’re out in the snow. Read on to find out why.

Sun protection in the snow

Sun protection in the snow

During the chilly winter months, there’s nothing like a relaxing trip to the snowy mountains. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature while practicing your favorite sports and making new memories in the most magical setting. But don’t forget to protect your skin, because the cold, dry climate and the reflection of the sun’s UV rays off the snow can take their toll.

Adjusting your skincare routine to the colder weather is a must, but taking extra precautions in the snow is just as important. Why?

  • Snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays — that’s four times more than water! And this significantly increases the amount of radiation you’re exposed to.1
  • Higher altitude, higher risk: When you’re in the mountains, snowshoeing or enjoying a day at the ski resort, the altitude is higher. This means you’re exposed to more UV radiation, increasing the risk of sun damage.
  • Consider the cumulative effect: Your skin has a memory. And continued exposure without the right protection can lead to sun spots, photoaging, or an increased risk of developing conditions such as skin cancer.
  • Snow is a natural reflector: It acts as a mirror, meaning it can reflect sunlight onto unexpected areas of the skin that are normally less exposed (think the underside of your chin and nose).

Your best ally in the snow (or anywhere you go)

Sunscreen in the snow

Consider sun protection your BFF when it comes to maintaining the health and vitality of your skin — especially if you want to make sure your winter getaways are not only fun, but also safe.

So, if you’ve already mastered your skincare routine, stuffed your suitcase, and are ready for a good time, there’s only one thing left to pack: your best sun care allies for snowy adventures.

For everyone:

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica

Protect your skin during winter escapades by keeping Eryfotona Actinica close at hand. This ultralight, all-mineral broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50+ is your ideal adventure companion. It’s designed to go above and beyond — protecting your skin from the sun while helping to repair existing damage.

For a touch of coverage:

For après-ski lovers and those who enjoy a day catching up with friends at the lodge (with the photos to prove it), Eryfotona Ageless is for you.

This facial sunscreen not only offers all the benefits of Eryfotona Actinica but also adds a hint of color for a radiant effect. With a tinted formula that provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, it’s designed to work with all your plans while fighting the signs of photoaging and providing natural coverage.

ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless

A little something extra:

ISDIN Mineral Brush

After reapplying sunscreen, using a mineral powder is one of the best ways to help protect your skin from the visible signs of photoaging. It’s also great for a touch-up if you get red or shiny while hitting the slopes.

Mineral Brush provides natural coverage with a matte finish. Keep it in your pocket and apply it throughout the day for extra photoaging defense and a didn’t-even-break-a-sweat look.

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Do I have to wear sunscreen in the snow?

Here are a few extra tips to make sure you’re winter ready:

→ Protect your eyes. Sunglasses are a must in the summer, but they’re just as important in the winter months.2

→ Start and end your day by washing your face to get the most benefits out of your skincare products.

→ If you’ve spent most of your day outdoors, treat your skin to a soothing aftersun product or a rich moisturizer.

There’s always someone in the group who comes back from a ski trip with more-than-rosy cheeks, chapped lips, and maybe a few dry patches on their face. Be a friend and pass on these tips to help them to protect their skin on the next winter getaway. See you on the slopes!


  1. The Skin Cancer Foundation shares Winter Sun Protection Tips. The Skin Cancer Foundation. (2021, November 23). https://www.skincancer.org/press/the-skin-cancer-foundation-shares-winter-sun-protection-tips/
  2. American Optometric Association. n.d. “Eye Care Doesn’t Take a Holiday.” Accessed 21st February, 2024. https://www.aoa.org/news/clinical-eye-care/health-and-wellness/winter-weather-tips?sso=y
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