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13th July 2018

LUV sport? LUV your skin!

It’s the height of summer and sporting events across the country are in full swing. With the recent excitement of Wimbledon and the World Cup already gripping the nation, it’s shaping up to be a great summer of sport with plenty more to come.

Whether you’re spectating or playing this summer, it’s important to know the facts when it comes to sun damage and what you can do to protect your skin.

With most summer sport activities taking place outside during what is deemed the highest risk period of the day for UV radiation (11am-3pm)[1], those exposed are at risk of getting sunburn.[2] Even at home in the UK, it is possible to burn on a cloudy day with 90% of UV rays able to pass through light cloud.[3] So, before you get out the football boots and channel your inner Harry Kane, it’s important to protect your skin with a high factor sunscreen. Our SunSense Sport Gel provides SPF 50 protection and is quick-drying, great for hairy areas of the body and water-resistant for four hours – the perfect combination for an active, outdoor enthusiast. Re-apply every two hours or after swimming, sweating, exercise or towel drying, to ensure maximum protection and apply 20 minutes before going outside.

You can also give your skin LUV (Less Ultra Violet) by seeking shade where possible to limit your UV exposure[4] and to keep yourself cool and comfortable – especially important if you’ll be joining in any physical activity. If you have sat in the sun for a long period spectating a sports match, wearing a hat with a broad rim angled downwards will also provide good protection against UV rays.[5] Non-melanoma skin cancer most often develops on areas of skin regularly exposed to the sun such as the face and ears,[6] so it’s important to take special care to protect these areas. Wearing sunglasses will also protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce your risk of developing cancer of the eye and eyelids,[7] whilst wearing suitable, protecting clothing such as a tightly woven t-shirt will help prevent UV rays passing through to your skin.[8]

[1] Sunscreen and Sun Safety (Internet) 2016 (updated 2016 Jun 14) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

[2] Sunburn (Internet) 2017 (citied 2018 June 25) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sunburn/

[3] Am I at risk of sunburn? 2017 (citied 2018 June 25) Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/am-i-at-risk-of-sunburn

[4] How do I protect myself from UV rays? (Internet) 2017 (citied 2018 June 26) Available from: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection/uv-protection.html

[5] If you can see sunlight, seek the shade (Internet) 2012 (citied 2018 June 26) Available from: https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/shade/seek-the-shade

[6] Skin cancer (non-melanoma) (Internet) 2017 (citied 2018 June 26) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/non-melanoma-skin-cancer/

[7] Eye Safety (Internet) 2017 (updated 2017 Jun 20) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/eye-safety-at-home-and-work/

[8] What to wear to protect your skin from the sun (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 June 26) Available from: http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/reduce-cancer-risk/make-healthy-choices/be-sun-safe/what-to-wear-to-protect-your-skin-from-the-sun/?region=on

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