Outdoor activities are a boost to mental and physical health. Whether you enjoy summit hikes, mountain biking, trail running, road racing, or a good run on the beach, being outdoors can be the boost you need for a great workout.
But are you very careful about protecting yourself during exposure to sunlight?
Take a minute to guess what skin protection a cotton t-shirt gives you..…?
The answer may come as a surprise- a cotton t-shirt offers about 7 spf, down to 3 spf when wet.
Be skin smart with these tips for protection:
- Eat foods that are believed to have be skin healthy:
- kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts- antioxidant value of suforaphane which is believed to protect the body against UV radiation.
- Orange colored fruits like peaches, apricots, papaya, colored peppers and roots like sweet potatoes and carrots- contain high doses of carotenoids an antioxidant that reduces the effects of UV radiation.
- Watermelon and tomatoes- contains lycopene which after 10-12 weeks of use provide skin protection
- Salmon and other fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids found in may decreases risk of skin damage and skin cancer
- Oysters, beef, chicken, tofu, pork, lamb, hemp seeds- high in zinc, considered to be important in skin protection
- Daily 15 SPF sunscreen to entire body. Use makeup that has 15 SPF. Reapply (30 SPF or higher) every two hours while outdoors and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating.
- Wear UPF clothing- (over 30 UPF).
- Use hats, sunglasses with UV protection.
- Seek shade while outdoors and save extended workouts for early morning or late afternoon (after 4pm).
- Anti-inflammatories, retin-A, some antibiotics and other medications increases your sensitivity to the sun- Use extra protection when taking sun sensitive medications.
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