Exercise, sports and working out are a great way of boosting your health and mood. And of course, spending time outdoors is a chance to top up your vitamin D levels. But, if you do train outdoors regularly, that means prolonged sun exposure and a risk of sun-induced damage such as sunburn, premature aging and even skin cancer.
Did you know that even in cloudy conditions, between 30%-70% of UV rays can reach the earth’s surface depending on the cloud density, so care is needed at all times?
To enjoy sport in the sun safely and reap the benefits rather than the backlash, you need to protect your skin. On-the-go pocket suncare formats are your top ally for regular re-application outdoors.
General suncare measures for all sports
- Use suitable sun protection on all exposed areas of skin: broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection with SPF 30-50+. Your chosen product should always be water- and sweat-resistant and remember to re-apply every 2 hours while you train
- Reduce your sun exposure by avoiding training between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Or train in the shade as much as possible.
- Make use of protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved t-shirts, long trousers and sunglasses to reduce your sun exposure.
- Due to the issue of sweat causing sunscreen to run into the eyes and sting, it is essential to find an anti-migration product safe even around the eyes and adapted to lenses wearer*.
- Just like connected wearables, you can now monitor your sun exposure with a stretchable patch linked to a mobile app. This will help you tailor your protection to your exposure, which is often more than you think.
- Of course, frequent sun protection is a must. Take the opportunity of breaks in training or half-time to re-apply at least every 2 hours. A face and body mist is a particularly handy and refreshing format for on-the-go application.
Specific tips by sport
Watersports (surf, paddle, bodyboard) :
Step up your protection with a water-resistant sunscreen, because sunlight reflects off the water and wet environments may decrease the level of protection. Also look out for sun protection that can be applied directly onto wet skin without compromising on efficacy. To complement your protection, why not invest in some UV-rated clothing and swimwear?
Wintersports (ski/snowboarding) :
Even when the weather is cold, the sun’s rays are still active and are particularly intense at high altitudes. Did you know that a whopping 90% of sunlight reflects off the white snow**? The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone continue using sunscreen during the winter months, and that's especially true for skiers and snowboarders of course! While on the slopes, prefer a very high protection on-the-go product for particularly sensitive or exposed areas.
Other outdoor activities (triathlon, running, trail, climbing, football, golf, etc.):
Running and outdoor sports involve prolonged sun exposure, which can all add up to an increased risk of sun damage and skin cancer. It is therefore essential you implement the general measures above to reduce your exposure (protective clothing, checking the time of day, monitoring your sun exposure with a connected patch etc.).
* Use test under ophthalmological supervision, 53 subjects, for Anthelios Ultra.