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Biodegradable Sunscreen

Believe it or not, sunburn is the single most common backpacking injury. It's a potential problem on just about any trip, no matter where it is or how long it lasts. To choose the right sunscreen, consider how vulnerable you are:

    * Skin color - Dark skin and deep tans tolerate the sun's rays more readily than fair skin. But no skin color is completely impervious to burn.

    * Weather conditions - Overcast skies can decrease the amount of harmful exposure. But sunlight does penetrate the clouds, so you still need to be careful.

    * Altitude - The higher up you are, the harsher the sun's rays (on skin and eyes). Reflection off of snow (or water) can add significantly to sunburn danger.

    * Length of exposure - The longer you're outside, the higher your risk of burn.