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Athletes: Be Sun Smart

New warnings from the American Academy of Dermatology state that athletes, both professional and amateur, are at high risk for developing skin cancer. Outdoor athletes face the most risk because perspiring intensifies risk. Even though we're not all classified athletes, most of us are taking our exercises outdoors this summer. So here are a few reminders on staying smart while exercising outdoors this summer:

  • Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. Look for the AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION on products that meet these criteria.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  • Protect children from sun exposure by applying sunscreen.
  • Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.


Join The Conversation
lintacious lintacious 10 years
"Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun." 10 mins in the sun = daily source of vitamin d ...without having to dish out dough for vitamins.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
It's always nice to see more advocacy for sun safety. I generally wear SPF 30+, avoid being outdoors between 10 am and 4 pm, and stay covered up in long-sleeved shirts. While skin cancer is obviously the biggest concern, I'd also like to keep my skin looking younger and as damage-free as possible for as long as I can.
Renees3 Renees3 10 years
I got a bad sunburn this weekend. I used an old sunscree I think and my legs are in PAIN! Buy new sunscreen often! Use it Liberally!!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
i'm so glad that popsugar as a whole is not a supporter of tanning beds!!!!!!!! AMEN sistas ;)
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