Sports and your skin
Prolonged sun exposure can cause premature aging and increase your risk
of skin cancer. To reduce potential damage, avoid going out during the
peak radiation hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., wear protective clothing and
sunglasses, and apply sunscreen daily. Choose a waterproof sunblock
with a sun protection factor, or SPF (S-P-F), of 15 or greater.
for a product that contains titanium dioxide (dye-AWK-side), zinc
oxide, or Parsol 1789 (PAR-sawl seventeen eighty-nine); these
ingredients block out more ultraviolet rays. Re-apply the product every
two hours to compensate for sweating. Don't forget to put sunblock on
your lips and ears as well.
Other challenges to an athlete's skin
include chapping and dryness from winter winds and fungal infections
like athlete's foot. You can guard skin during the winter by using a
stronger moisturizer and continuing the use of sunblock.
and similar infections thrive in hot, moist environments, so you can
discourage them by wearing sandals in public showers and keeping skin
clean and dry. After your workout, bathe and dry off well, then put on
clean cotton socks and dry shoes.