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9 Sun Safety Tips for Golfers

By Alix Charles, MD, FAAD

While many people remember to care for their skin at the pool or beach, it is important to remember to take precautions to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while enjoying other outdoor activities as well. Golfers are especially prone to sun damage and risk developing skin cancers due to prolonged sun exposure while hitting the links.

Here are a few helpful tips to make sure that when you're out enjoying a round of golf, you are also protected: 

  1. Use a sunscreen that offers both UVA & UVB protection (broad-spectrum) with an SPF30 or higher and apply it 30 minutes before going outside.
  2. You should apply a golf ball sized amount of sunscreen (approximately 1 once) to cover your face & body.
  3. Make sure to re-apply sunscreen approximately every 9 holes (2 hours), even on a cloudy day.
  4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, and the back of your hands. All exposed areas should be protected with sunscreen.
  5. Try to find shade whenever and wherever possible, through an umbrella, a tree or the golf cart in between holes.
  6. Protect your eyes and lips as well with sunglasses and a lip balm containing SPF.
  7. Try to schedule your golf outing early in the morning or during the late afternoon to avoid times when UV rays are strongest (10am-4pm).
  8. Use a wide brimmed hat and sun protective clothing as often as possible.
  9. Make sure to have your skin examined by your dermatologist at least once a year.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health & Skin Health

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