3 Ways to Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Athletes are hard on their skin. Road rash, blisters and chafing are just a few injuries that can occur while out on the roads and trails. Another skin injury—the sunburn—is something that half of all adults have at least once each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And considering skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, it’s important to protect your skin while exercising outdoors.
Applying sunscreen is the most obvious way to prevent sunburn, but there are some other ways to keep your skin safe while running, biking, swimming or participating in other outdoor activities.
1) Barrier protection from the sun is best for athletes. Wearing hats, sunglasses and long sleeves are what dermatologists recommend for athletes.
TRY: Patagonia’s 50+ UPF clothing, the higher the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating, the lower the amount of UV rays that reach your skin through the fabric.
2) Sunblock works better than sunscreen for people who are active. Look for products with physical blocks like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These last longer and are more water resistant.
TRY: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock SPF 100+ , with a high SPF to keep you covered no matter how much you slather on. Personally we use Absolutely Natural. I order it online and it works great overall for kids and during an athletic event. I never get it in my eyes while sweating and as long as i cover all spots I am covered.
3) Exercising before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. is the best way to avoid the most damaging UV rays.
TRY: An afternoon workout, to take advantage of your body’s peak temperature and allow yourself the extra time to sleep in the morning.
If you get sunburned.….
Over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone mixed with petroleum jelly is a great soothing agent to use for a week or aloe is beneficial.
If you do get a sunburn, take a break from exercise and sweating because it impacts the healing time. Well…yeah duh…of course it does, but we know all know that will not happen with this group! So, protect yourselves and your family. It’s important now and in the future.