April brings more than showers, and with the Boston Marathon commencing in April I thought we’d talk about skin safety practices for those that take to the course of spending a portion of their daily routine running outside.
The quintessential runner is ingrained in our minds as wearing a very thin, porous “uniform” consisting of a tank top and shorts. This makes for breathability and little environmental resistance due to the seeming lack of coverage. That said, with the exposure of one’s skin in this scenario, the subjection of damage due to harmful UV radiation is imminent without remedial effort.
THE COMMON BATTLE CRY
Don’t get sunburned. You’ve heard this said 100 times over, but there’s still the mindset of “well, eventually it will turn into a tan.” Not quite so. Did you know your risk for skin cancer doubles if you’ve had more than five sunburns? That doesn’t make those end-product tans very appealing now, does it?
Don’t think the clouds will be your protection either. Just because it’s a bit cloudy out doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t penetrating the overcast appearance and right into your skin. It is said that 80% of harmful UV rays still find their way into your skin even in cloudy conditions.
THE PROTECTION METHOD
Here are a handful of productive ways to make sure you’re doing what you can to make that healthful run as healthy as possible.
Have fun while you run. Stay safe and protect yourself from the damage the sun can cause, and, of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Remember, maintaining your skin is a lifelong commitment. Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of your body - it is part of a lifestyle.
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