SPORTS IN THE SUN

Sunscreen might not be the most alluring of beauty products, but it is undeniably one of the most important, especially for athletes. Many athletes spend tons of time outside, breaking a sweat. Here are some tips to choose the best sunscreen for outdoors and aquatic sports:

Always choose a high SPF. No need to go overboard; most dermatologists say it’s fine using an SPF 30 or 45. Just reapply the lotion every two hours to ensure maximum protection.

Look for labels that promise that the sunscreen has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. These ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer and contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles.

Athletes in particular should pick up sunscreens that are labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant.” During an intense game, no one wants lotion to get in their eyes!

Some sunscreen lines are targeted specifically to athletes, such as MDSolarSciences. The lightweight, easy-to-apply lotions have all of the factors mentioned in this article. It’s Olympic star approved, so it is definitely a safe bet.

For more tips for skin protection, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology

 

Photo: France Germany  Women Beach Volley match at Sydney 2000 Olympics – source: Olympic.org