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Sport and outdoor pursuits – sun safety

We all know that outdoor activities and exercise are essential to keep us healthy.However, if you are outdoors a lot of the time it is important to be aware of how to protect your skin from the suns rays, it is particularly important for professional sports people.

Professional sports players cannot always choose the time of day they are outdoors, and often this could be in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest, it is therefore vital that athletes, golfers, tennis players etc. do you what they can to protect the skin.

Applying generous amounts of broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed areas at least 20 minutes before heading outside.

In hot weather, keep in mind that rubbing sweat etc. from your skin with a towel will also wipe away sunscreen, and therefore should be re-applied frequently. Wearing sun protective clothing and seeking shaded areas where and when possible is a must.

This advice is also essential for sports enthusiasts and anyone who likes to be outdoors for any length of time.

Even during the winter, those who ski for example should take precautions, higher altitude means UV radiation exposure increases and in turn increases the risk of skin damage.

A broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher should be applied liberally to all exposed skin, Face,lips,ears, neck and hands. Re-apply often during the day particularly after sweating.

Where an SPF 15 or higher lip balm.

Sunglasses or goggles that offer UV protection will help protect your eyes and eyelids.

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