Monday, May 26, 2014

Warm Weather Running & Sunscreen

Below are two posts I put up last year on Sunscreen. The information still applies today. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Coach Mark

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Originally posted: 6-16-13
Please check out this great article by Active.com

Active Gear Scout: Sunscreen for Athletes


Sun protection is essential to prevent skin damage and skin cancer. When you're shopping for sunscreen, make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection. Check to see if it's waterproof or water-resistant. A waterproof sunscreen maintains its Sun Protection Factor level after 80 minutes of exposure to water, according to the Melanoma Foundation. A water-resistant sunscreen maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure.
A sunscreen with a higher SPF doesn't necessarily mean it's better.
SPF blocks the ultraviolet B rays (UVB), which cause sunburns. The SPF number on a label refers to the product's ability to block the sun's harmful rays. For example, SPF 15 sunscreen allows a user to stay in the sun 15 times longer before burning. The average time it takes a person to burn without sunscreen is about 15 to 20 minutes, according to Americanskin.org. If you wear SPF 15, you'll be protected for 300 minutes, or 5 hours (SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes).
SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks 98 percent,Skincancer.org says. Products with an even higher SPF don't offer much more protection. Remember, no matter what SPF you use, you do need to re-apply.
There are endless amounts of sunscreens out there. The Active Gear Scout tested these popular products to see how well they lasted during tough runs, swims, bike rides, boot camps and daily outdoor activities. From smell to protection, here are the results.
\nFind more popular products on GearUp.

See the full article and product referrals here

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Originally posted: 5-10-13
Check out this every-so-helpful starting point for your next sunscreen purchase. 




My current favorite sunscreen is Mission. It seems to have solid protection and is focused towards athletes. 




***This referral and the repellent referral are uncompensated, professional opinions on my part.


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