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4 Sun Safety Tips for Active Men

By Chris Arico, MS, PA-C

Many men may not consider that when the warmer temperatures come along and they begin hauling out the golf clubs, dusting off the road bike, playing pick-up basketball games in the park or attending sunny afternoon barbecues, it’s critical to stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays.  

Most men believe that small amounts of sun throughout the day do little harm to their skin. Unfortunately, this is a myth. Even 15 minutes of collective sunlight per day can cause Actinic changes (sun damaged skin). Actinic damage can lead to accelerated aging, skin discoloration, and even skin cancer down the line.

The best way to prevent this type of Actinic damage is to:

  1. Apply sun-block every morning before leaving the house. If you plan on being inside most of the day, one application of SPF 30 or greater should give you adequate sun protection. CeraVe AM daily moisturizer with SPF 30 does a great job as a daily facial moisturizer and has added sun-block.

  2. Re-apply sun-block every hour if you are outdoors. Most guys believe that one application for a full day is enough. Unfortunately, one application only gives you up to 90 minutes of protection. If you happen to be outside basking in the sunlight, one full shot-glass size of sunscreen is needed for the entire face and body every 60 minutes for the most complete sun protection.

  3. Always wear a hat. Men who like to be outdoors may remember to apply sunscreen to their face and arms, but will neglect their heads. Wearing a hat also protects your ears and face which is some of the most vulnerable skin. Wide-brimmed hats that cover the ears are best, but even a simple baseball cap provides adequate scalp and face protection.

  4. If you are more on the athletic side and tend to sweat a lot while outside, a physical blocker type of sunscreen such as ColorScience Sunforgettable SPF 50 powder sunscreen gives you excellent sun protection without the sting of sunscreen in your eyes.

If you’re excited about the warmer temperatures and the activities that go along with them, get out and enjoy the outdoors! Just remember these sun protection tips; your skin will thank you.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health & Skin Health

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