Protecting your skin: Sunscreen Soap

07 Nov, 2008

Living in the mountains means living at high elevations. Where I currently live in Steamboat Springs is a little over 7,000 feet above sea level and it means 300+ days of sunshine. In most of Summit County, you can be living at 9,000 feet. High altitude living means taking more precautions to your health in general. You feel the effects when you first move here, but after time you get used to it…however some things are still affecting you.

I found that while I live in high elevation, I’ve gotten used to having less oxygen, cooking my food longer, and being able to drink with friends. But I haven’t gotten used to continuously wearing sunscreen and I need to.

Even snowboarding, you need to wear something on your skin to protect from the sunshine, UV wavelengths and that it’s not only coming from the sky. The sun’s rays bounce off the snow and you can even get burnt on a cloudy day. The extra precautions to protecting your skin are worth it.

Last month I started try out a Sunscreen Soap. I figured if I use this in the shower but forget to put on sunscreen for a day of riding, that I’ll still have some protection which is better than nothing. Now after a month of using Bethesda Sunscreen Soap, I smell good obviously and feel better that I have SPF 10 protecting me. SPF 10 is better than nothing, but obviously it won’t entirely protect your skin from the sun…just a good basic job to help out.

The last couple weeks of snowboarding have been sunny and I have the beginning of a goggle tan (cheeks colored, forehead lighter). Before I ride, I’ve been showering and using the soap to give me some protection against the outdoor elements of sun or wind. I can’t complain when it really doesn’t take much to put it on and at the end of the day, I am not coming off the mountain with a burnt crisp face. It is only SPF 10, some days you do need more protection from the sun.

I am always the person who forgets to bring sunscreen and when you are snowboarding and living in sun at a higher elevation, it is something that will come back to hurt you later on. It’s worth trying out Sunscreen Soap just so you have some protection on the days you need it.
About Bethesda Sunscreen Soap:

Introducing the World’s First All-Natural Sunscreen Body Bar with Multi-Vitamins that Nourishes the Body. Bethesda Sunscreen Soap contains a combination of healing and therapeutic properties that moisturizes as it protects the body from the harmful rays of the sun. The soap leaves behind an unnoticeable protective layer that provides daily sun protection. Talk about getting it all done in the shower!

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!


  1. Marc
    November 07, 2008

    I had never heard of sunscreen soap before. I think it’s a great idea although shouldn’t really be used as a substitute for actual sunscreen. Thanks Shay. I’m gonna be on the lookout for this.

    Related to skin health: when it’s really cold outside, I put vaseline on my face when I ride to help prevent frostbite and windburn (in those annoying spots where your face covering pulls away). Plus it makes my skin feel smooth as a baby’s butt. Who wants to touch me?

  2. Gary
    November 07, 2008

    Well at least you now smell good…

  3. Lou G.
    November 07, 2008

    Two of the most painfully notorious consequences of neglecting your sunscreen on ultra-sunny days:

    Eyeball sunburn.

    Tongue sunburn.

    Never experienced the pain of either, and I hope that I never do.

  4. sarah
    December 09, 2008

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  5. Shayboarder
    December 15, 2008

    Thanks Sarah! Glad you check out the blog and like it!