Why You Need a Ski Mask

Last updated 17. June 2020

What Ski Mask can do for you?

If you have decided that you do not need a ski balaclava, then do not then assume that you do not need any protection for your face and neck area.

You really can underestimate the treacherous weather conditions which encompass the ski slopes, putting you at risk of chapped skin which is then more vulnerable to both windburn and sunburn.

Safety is vitally important on the slopes and wearing a ski mask will not only provide protection to the skin across your face, but it may also prevent you from swallowing something in the air (such as snow or an insect) when skiing at a fast pace.

man wearing Ski Glasses mask on winterSki Mask secure you while on slopes

In addition to improving safety, a ski mask can also help you to secure warmth and comfort while on the slopes.  Feeling the chill when trying to enjoy your skiing activity may spoil the fantastic experience, particularly if it is your first time.

So, ensure that you have all of the necessary equipment packed in your bag so that you are prepared for every eventuality.  Furthermore, most ski masks can roll down to expose the mouth and nose area, storing the material around your neck.

This is convenient for the skier in between slopes and so that the ski helmet does not have to be removed, unlike if you were wearing a ski balaclava which covers the whole head area.  It also provides you with temperature control so that you are ready for any change in the weather.

A ski mask is important to protect your face against the harsh conditions

Even though the slopes are piled high with snow and feel cold to the touch, the snow actually reflects the sun right onto your skin.

Due to the cold wind, you are not able to feel the sun burning you, but you will suffer just as if you were laying on a tropical beach!  Protect any exposed skin with a high SPF and of course, use a ski mask to help protect part of your face.

This is especially important for your lips as the intense rays from the sun can trigger cold sores; use SPF on your lips or purchase a special lip balm to battle your way through the slopes.

Better than using high SPF

In fact, covering up your skin completely.  This will also help to protect your fragile skin against windburn as well as sunburn.  This is particularly true when you are spending long, intense days on the slopes where it may not be convenient to reapply your SPF.

Covering up will also help protect you against frostbite which is a real risk although usually only in extreme weather conditions.

Additional protection for your skin and your overall health while skiing also involves drinking plenty of water in order to keep your skin well hydrated and make sure that you do not prolong the dehydration of your skin by having short, lukewarm showers after a long day on the slopes.  Use a moisturizer which contains either ceramides or hyaluronic acid and chooses a hydrating cream as opposed to a lotion.

Taking a B vitamin and 500 mg of a supplement such as Heliocare may also help to maintain your performance and health when in action.

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