Friday, April 08, 2016

Sunscreen advice varies by sport you play

I am sensitive about skin cancer--being tested for it at the moment. Ugh.

Anyhow, a dermatologist named Suzanne Friedler, MD, of Advanced Dermatology in NY, says 65,000 people a year worldwide die of skin cancer (ew).

General advice applies to all outdoor activities--hats, sleeves, don't go out between 10 am and 4 PM without protection--but some is specific to certain sports.

GOLF. UV can be more intense due to reflection off ponds and sand traps, which can bounce back 80% of the rays, hitting players twice. Use a sports sunscreen (doesn't run) --and reapply every nine holes. Also--wear a broad brim hat that protects neck, shoulders, and ears. This is not a ball cap.

TENNIS. Tennis can cause sore muscles and you may be taking an NSAID. Ibuprofen and naproxen make you extra sensitive to the sun. Use zinc oxide or titantium dioxide, which physically block, rather than the other types--and emphasize protecting your lips.

SAILING AND SWIMMING. Sailors should apply high SPF all day. Swimmers need sunscreen every 90 minutes. Look for extended waterproof coverage--on the label. The blocking stuff on nose, upper ears, and cheeks is also good.

RUNNING AND BIKING. Even if you run or bike on shady lanes or it's cloudy--you need protection. Also invest in UV protective clothing (factor 30 or higher)--sunscreen can run off with sweat.

The skin is the largest organ of the body--it has a lot to do with your performance.

And you sure don't want some doctor drilling holes in your face like I had.

1 comment:

Star Lawrence said...

If you care--my cancer test came back negative...yay.