With the weather getting warmer and people seeking out new ways to stay active, a lot of us are looking at outdoor activities as an alternative to our usual gym routines. But while you don your bicycle helmets and other protective gear, you also need to remember that your skin needs increased protection right now as well. Take these simple precautions to keep yourself safe while you spend some time in the great outdoors.
Using sunscreen should be first and foremost on your list when looking for ways to protect your skin outside. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Although those statistics are scary, it’s good to know that using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher can reduce your risk of developing dangerous squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent. Reducing your time in the sun during peak hours and wearing protective clothing is also an easy way to limit your exposure and lower the likelihood that you’ll have to deal with skin cancer down the line.
Increased time outside means increased contact with mosquitoes and other annoying insects. No one wants to come back from a beautiful hike only to find yourself covered in nasty, itchy bites. Be sure to protect yourself with an insect repellant on all exposed areas of your skin, paying close attention to easily overlooked areas like your ankles and feet.
For those who are fortunate enough to partake in water sports during warmer months, a rash guard is a great way to protect yourself while at the beach. These athletic shirts are great for not only protecting you from the sun, but also for preventing painful abrasions that may occur due to contact with rough waves and coarse sand. They also provide a great alternative for people who may be sensitive to sunscreen but who still want coverage.
Post-workout care is also an essential step when it comes to protecting your skin. For those on the go, micellar water or pre-moistened cleansing cloths are a great way to wipe off the sweat and grime that occurs with outdoor exercising. For those that have extra time, it’s recommended to change out of sweaty clothes and take a shower as soon as possible to prevent body odor and infection from occurring. Although it can seem like a hassle, we promise that your skin – as well as those around you – will be very grateful! Follow up with a moisturizer or body lotion for an extra bit of self-care.
Although exercising in the outdoors is enjoyable during nice weather and can give you a whole new set of options for staying active, it’s imperative that you take the proper steps to protect your skin at the same time. After all, skin is your largest organ, so be sure to give it the care it deserves!