The sunshine is back and we can’t stop smiling! Long days, long workouts and summer races are right around the corner. Training and nutrition are already top of mind, but be sure to take a minute to think about your skincare in these changing conditions.
Sunscreen is good for more than weekends at the beach (although we hope you get a little beach time in). Not only is sunscreen is a powerful defense against painful sunburn, it is also a great way to ward off skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer before the age of 70.
As an athlete, you need to take extra care. It’s essential to find a sunscreen that is water-resistant, and even then, you may be reapplying frequently if you tend to sweat a lot. Additionally, you’ll want a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Juice Beauty‘s all-natural formula is a great option for the ingredient conscious, but check out The Daily Burn’s list of their favorite sport sunscreens for other options.
There are a variety of garments constructed from fabric with a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating. These items are sure to fend off harmful sunlight. But if you don’t care to invest in UPF clothing, there are plenty of options within your own closet. Look for tightly woven fabrics – they do a much better job of protecting your skin. As an athlete, you’re in luck: synthetic fabrics such as polyester and Lycra tend to perform well in UPF tests.
One of the most protective items of clothing is a hat. Unfortunately, your favorite baseball cap doesn’t offer the most protection. While it might not be practical to run in a sombrero, opt for wide-brimmed hats when you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can burn your eyes, much like it can burn your skin. The damage to your eyes can cause long-term problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration. Fortunately, sunglasses are stylish. When you’re shopping for your next pair of shades, be sure they have UV 400 protection. Ideally, they would also be impact resistant to withstand your active lifestyle!
During summer months, it’s important to consider your shower routine. If you’re planning to spend long days in the sun, try using Replenish and Relax. The lavender and chamomile found in Relax will help sooth your skin, and the hydrating qualities of Replenish will restore your skin without over-hydrating. Exfoliation is important, but you might want to reduce your weekly dose during the summer as new skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
Don’t forget your lips! Keep your lips hydrated and protected with a protective lip balm. Reapply regularly!