Sunscreen!

Sunscreen!

Sports such as running, tennis and golf can lead to extended periods of time outdoors. Unfortunately, sun exposure can lead to progressive skin damage that leads to cancer. If you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors playing, you need to wear sunscreen, which protects your skin by absorbing or reflecting the sun’s rays. First and foremost, make sure to apply your sport sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside to play. And, apply it even on cloudy days. As much as 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can sneak through the clouds, even on the most overcast days, it would seem logical that an SPF 30 sunscreen would be twice as effective as an SPF 15 sunscreen, and an SPF 100 would be six times more effective, but that’s not really how it works. Dermatologists believe you’re fine using an SPF 30 or SPF 45, but just make sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours. When choosing a sunscreen, look for labels that indicate that the brand has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. The last thing you want in the middle of a run is to have your sunscreen drip into your eyes. Look for a sunscreen that’s labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant.” Sport sunscreens that get the Skin Cancer Foundation’s approval include: Banana Boat UltraMist Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunblock SPF 30 Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 Hawaiian Tropic Sport SPF 45 NO-AD Sport SPF 50 Active Sunblock Lotion Ocean Potion Oil Free Sport Xtreme Sunblock SPF 30 Rite Aid SPF 30 Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreens come in different varieties: lotions, creams, sticks and sprays. Choose the one that’s easiest for you to apply, especially one that’s easy to reapply when you’re in the middle of a game on the field, court, green or run. Sometimes a spray may seem easiest, but much of it evaporates when it hits the air and is not optimal in ideal conditions. Don’t forget the accessories, like sunscreen lip balm to protect your sensitive lips. ChapStick Ultra SPF 30 and Hawaiian Tropic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Lip Balm 45+ are both options. Also consider using a sunscreen for your scalp (especially if you’re thinning a bit on top). Dr. Jonathan Wolfe Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

By | 2019-01-08T08:10:57+00:00 April 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

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