Safe sun??? What does sun exposure have to do with Nutrition and fitness? Plenty! Skin Cancer is prevalent in athletes who play outdoor sports because of the amount of time outside. Especially during the peak sun hours of 10 and 3. These athletes have been training for decades beginning in early elementary through adulthood.
According to the American academy of Dermatology, we should think about the following:
Broad Spectrum- this means the lotion you choose will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
SPF- 30 SPF or higher
Water Resistant- This will allow the sunscreen to stick when wet from swimming or sweat.
Make-up with sunscreen- not always the best option because all sunscreen needs to be reapplied and if you reapply your make-up every two hours you will look like a French Whore. (Just saying)
It so most helpful to apply all sunscreen to bear skin. That mean naked, this will help you avoid any missed spots. In addition, use enough do not skimp, I know sunscreen can be expensive but so is treating skin cancer. Lastly, put the first round of sunscreen on indoors, especially since you will be naked. No really, that way you are sure to get complete coverage without sweat interfering with proper coverage.
Think about re-applying every two hours and especially after excess moisture on the skin. I understand sunscreens can be goopy so keep in mind hats, sunglasses and UV-blocking clothes are a great option. Be sure to look for the Ultraviolet protection factor of 30 or higher.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.