Save Your Skin from Sun Damage

As summer approaches and the days get longer, it gets increasingly important to protect your epidermis. Sun damage can result in premature ageing of the skin, spotting, wrinkles and even worse, malignant melanoma and squamous-cell carcinoma.

Twelve years ago I had malignant melanoma, so I am careful about sun exposure year round. While my dermatologist would recommend I simply stay out of the sun always, I prefer not to live like a cave troll. These are the basic, sensible rules of thumb everyone should consider any time of the year.

Sunblock. Never leave the house without it, ever. Pay special attention to the hands, neck and ear tips, typically the most commonly exposed and vulnerable areas. Make sure your sunblock blocks both UVA and UVB rays. I use sunblock that contains Mexoryl XL, a tradename for drometrizole trisiloxane, developed by L'Oréal, and also available in products by Ombrelle, La Roche-Posay Anthélios and Viche. The FDA has been slow in approving these formulas which have been on the market in Europe and Canada for over 15 years. They can be purchased online from a number of places in Canada.

Hats. Big floppy beach hats are not practical for running, but fortunately there are lightweight baseball-style hats made especially for running with Ultraviolet-blocking material.

UV-blocking clothing. Like hats, certain athletic wear has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor rating on their labels.

Avoid peak sun hours. Runs during high noon can be unbearably hot in the summer anyway, so running at dawn or dusk are usually preferable for most runners.

FTC Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored.

Tony has been a runner for over three decades, competing in cross country and track in high school and college, and road races for various clubs. He's served as team captain for several Corporate Challenge teams at YMCA of the USA, and has informally coached many friends over the years.

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