SolRx Sunscreen Blog
You may not have an ocean close to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy recreational water activities! Lake living can be just as fun, with fewer unpredictable waves, less salt water, and warmer temperatures. Activities can be safer, as well, with fewer variables and calmer winds. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lake, here are some fun lake sports (other than swimming!) that you can enjoy with just a little bit of extra equipment.
Kayaking – These small and inexpensive canoes have light frames and an opening that allows you to sit on the bottom of the boat; you can even buy inflatable ones. Simply push them into the water, grab a paddle, and go as fast or slow as you want.
Canoeing – Lightweight, narrow, and open boats can often hold more than one person, as well as supplies. These stable and roomy boats are paddle-operated, so you’ll be rowing. Canoes are great for family leisure time and exploration.
Paddle boating – Paddle boats and pedal boats are very popular on closed systems like lakes. They have no motors, and usually require two people to power the boat by pedaling with their feet. Paddle boats are a relaxing, family-friendly option for lake fun.
Tubing – Basically, when tubing you’re riding on an inner tube in the water. They can be towed by boats for a faster, more thrilling ride, or you can use them for free-floating tubing, to let yourself go with the water’s flow. You use webbed gloves to steer.
Paddleboarding – You can lie down, settle on your knees, or stand on a paddleboard or surfboard. You’ll just use your arms to move, or, if you’re standing, a paddle. It’s a great full-body workout, offering unique views.
Water-skiing – This sport consists of people skimming the water on skis as they’re pulled by a boat. Because it requires a smooth stretch of water, it’s ideal for lakes. Good water-skiers can do tricks; balance and strength is required.
Wakeboarding – Ride a wakeboard over the surface of the water while being towed by a motorboat! This sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, and isn’t hard to learn – although doing tricks might take a bit more time.
Windsurfing – On a lake, this mixture of surfing and sailing can feel less daunting than in an ocean because the nearby land provides security. Waves and wind aren’t as unpredictable or wild, either. This is a dynamic sport that’s not hard to learn, and offers great exercise.
Fishing – Once you’re done exhausting yourself, you can enjoy a calmer activity. Fishing in a lake requires nothing but a fishing rod and the right bait. Remember, in lakes fish tend to hang out in cooler water, near sunken structures – and once you find your sweet spot, there’s no going back!
Many lakes will offer rental equipment, so you can try out one or more of these exciting activities with little or no commitment. You’ll be able to find one that suits your ability and interests, no matter what they are. Just remember, the sun can also be strong on lake waters, so protect yourself with sunglasses, hats, cover ups, and a good sport sunscreen, like the highly-rated SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology.
Sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. It’s a common comparison that can carries some misconceptions.
In short, there are many characteristics that define sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. Sport sunscreen offers enduring SPF protection compared to most regular sunscreens. But that’s not all. Below are a few more reasons why you might want consider sport sunscreen over regular sunscreen products.
Not All Regular Sunscreens Offer Broad-Spectrum Protection
There are two primary types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both. According to Mayo Clinic:
“UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.”
While it’s common for most sport sunscreen formulas to be broad-spectrum, not all regular sunscreens offer this line of defense against UVA and UVB rays. For this reason alone, it’s highly advised to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure complete protection against the sun.
Sport Sunscreens Are A Win For Prolonged Water Immersion
Unlike regular sunscreen, sport sunscreens are usually tested to measure how water resistant a formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) starts to wear off. While such testing is tailored for prolonged water immersion, such as sunscreen for swimmers, it can also reflect sweat resistance.
As defined by Mayo Clinic, “the term water resistant means that the SPF is maintained for up to 40 minutes while swimming or sweating. Very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for 80 minutes.”
Here at SolRx, we teamed-up with AMA Testing Labs to design a trial that would measure the performance of our WATERBLOCK® formula (the basis to our sport sunscreen products.) After testing the formula, AMA Labs confirmed our sports sunscreen to be water resistant for over 8 hours. This test defined our WaterBlock® products as some of the best sports sunscreen for water immersion.
Some Sport Sunscreens Offer Easier Applications Vs. Regular Sunscreens
There are many different types, or applications, of sunscreen. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using different applications include:
- Sticks – Sunscreen sticks, such as zinc oxide sunscreen sticks, are useful for quick application, particularly around the face and eyes.
- Creams – Cream sunscreens often contain moisture-rich qualities making them ideal for dry skin
- Lotions – While lotions might take longer to rub-in and absorb into the skin, they are often preferred for application on large parts of the body that need more coverage. Lotion sunscreens also tend to be less greasy compared to creams.
- Gel – Although less common, gel sunscreen works best in hairy areas, making them good options for men.
- Spray – Popular among parents because they’re easy to apply on children, spray sunscreens are a convenient option found in both sport sunscreen and regular sunscreen products. Because it’s difficult to determine how thorough you’re applying a spray sunscreen, apply a liberal and even coating.
Sports Sunscreens Are Often More Eco-friendly & Reef Safe
Whether you plan to go surfing or just hit beach, many individuals are conscious of the environmental impact that some sunscreens can have. A recently released report claims that most regular sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, impacting the reefs ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues. That’s why countless sunscreen producers are designing products that are eco-friendly and reef safe.
Most of these sunscreen manufacturers, like SolRx, design sport-specific sunscreen for individuals who are active around oceans and other natural bodies of water. In fact, SolRx products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin.
Like many of the best sports sunscreens, SolRx formula remains on the individual for 8 hours and sustains 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.
Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen: The Last Word
In addition to athletes, sport sunscreen is often an appropriate option for anyone looking to get wet, work-up a sweat, or enjoy several hours of sun exposure. Offering more advanced, broad-spectrum protection capabilities, a good sport sunscreen is often the better choice versus regular sport sunscreen.
Consider your search for the best sports sunscreen over. Rigorously tested and used by some of the world’s top athletes, SolRx has developed a complete spectrum of advanced sport sunscreen products that suit all walks of life.
From swimmers, cyclists, and golfers, to professional surfers and beach volleyball players, SolRx has become the sport sunscreen of choice for many different athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Using a patented WaterBlock® formula, SolRx offers high-performance, water-resistant sunscreens that are broad spectrum, eco-friendly, and will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
And unlike other sports sunscreens that claim to be “the best,” SolRx is paraben-free and oil-free, providing a comfortable dry finish for hours of dependable sun protection. But what else makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Learn the facts behind SolRx sport sunscreen and why so many athletes make SolRx their sunblock of choice.
8-Hour Immersion Tested Formula
SolRx worked with AMA Testing Labs to develop a test that would measure the performance of our WaterBlock® sport sunscreen for athletes. This test would need measure how water resistant the formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) would start to diminish.
Further, SolRx specified that the test must be “tougher than that of the FDA or any other governmental agency in the world,” and was intended to measure the product’s SPF rating after 8 hours in the water.
After testing the WaterBlock® technology, AMA Labs confirmed SolRx sports sunscreen as being water resistant for an 8-hour period of time, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for water exposure.
Broad-Spectrum Sports Sunscreen for UVA/UVB Defense
There’s a reason why SolRx products are the best sunscreens for athletes seeking maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. We have developed a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original WaterBlock Formula.
The chronic effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for athletes who are exposed to sun for long periods of time. Some of the most pronounced risks of UVA/UVB exposure include premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, skin pigment fading, and skin cancer.
So when you’re competing out on the court, course, road, or water, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes with SolRx sports sunscreens.
Eco-friendly & Reef Safe Sport Sunscreen
Protect yourself, or protect nature? A recently released report claims that sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, and reducing their ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues.
With SolRx, you don’t have to choose between between being exposed to dangerous UV rays or keeping the reefs healthy. We are committed to offering the best reef-friendly sunscreen, so that you aren’t doing harm to the vulnerable oceanic environment when you use them.
To further reinforce SolRx as the best sport sunscreen for both athletes and the environment, our products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin. And evidence that the formula remains on the skin is borne out by the SPF rating remaining constant throughout the testing.
Conclusion: our sports sunscreen for athletes remains on the wearer for 8 hours and provides 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.
Get the Best Sports Sunscreen for Your Athletic Lifestyle
Are you ready to experience what makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Below we feature some of the most preferred SolRx sunscreen products for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
SolRx SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen
SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen is the trusted choice of athletes and lifeguards for protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Originally designed for triathletes, swimmers and surfers, our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection and it will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
Differing from normal sports sunscreens, SolRx’s SPF 50 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen blocks the sun’s harmful rays, instead of reflecting them. Regular sport sunscreens absorb into the skin in order to start working. Dry Zinc Sunscreen physically blocks the sun by sitting directly on your skin, which is why most labels say to apply the zinc sunscreen about 20 minutes before entering the sun.
Shop our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen
As SolRx’s flagship sport sunscreen, WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen is the choice in SPF 50 sunscreens for athletes around the world because of the ultimate protection it provides. WaterBlock SPF 50 sunscreen protects athletes from 98% of sunburn-causing UVB rays as well as the UVA rays that age and wrinkle skin.
Like all of our sunscreens, SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 sunscreen is water resistant, oil free and paraben free, making it the best SPF 50 sunscreen for athletes with sensitive skin. In AMA Labs 8 Hour Immersion testing, our SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen was proven to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays for 480 minutes.
Get the WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump
SolRx’s new SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen in a 3.4oz Pump is engineered with a naturally derived grain alcohol instead of normal SD-40 petroleum based alcohols to keep your skin from drying out. Our SPF 50 Spray sunscreen provides perfectly balanced UVA/UVB protection for athletes who need the ultimate skin protection while they compete outdoors.
Like all of our Waterblock sports sunscreens, SolRx Spray Dry SPF 50 is paraben free, non-sticky, and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for athletes.
It’s just sun, sand and surf, right? Not very exciting sometimes, if you aren’t into swimming, or playing in the sand. But you don’t just have to lie there and wait for the sun to heat you up. You can do plenty of activities that suit your own interests, no matter what they are.
1. Be Active
A beach is a great place to play, whether you’re a child or an adult. You can set up a volleyball net or break out a frisbee or a football. Use a hula hoop. The texture of the sand adds an interesting new element to any game! Or, rent a surfboard or a snorkel and mask, if you prefer to go into the water. Find a fishing rod and go fish. You may also find many opportunities for watersports nearby, from personal watercraft to parasailing.
Beaches are often lined with boardwalks where you can check out shops and see what’s for sale. If not, it’s still fun to walk up and down the beach and check out the surrounding area. Are there large vacation homes? Islands in the distance? Seals sunning themselves on the beach? Crabs scuttling down into moist sand? You may see dolphins or whales in the water, or find historic sites such as lighthouses, military bases, and monuments. You might discover some exciting cliffs or foliage or cool sea shells. How will you know if you don’t take a hike down the beach?
3. Eat and Drink
Food tastes better at the beach, as long as you avoid getting sand in it. Have yourself a picnic packed with items you made from home. Or, go locate the nearest shaved ice purveyor. Is there a grill around? A hot dog stand? See if you can find something interesting an unusual on the menu. Have a cocktail – an ice cold pina colada might hit the spot. Or, if it’s a cool evening, a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s’mores might create the perfect atmosphere. Make it a party and invite everyone!
4. Get Inspired
Beaches are beautiful places, and more than one poet has been moved to write about them. Watch the sunset and reflect upon what you see. Build a sandcastle, and be creative about it. Draw in a notebook. Read a favorite novel. Write in your diary, or start a letter to a friend. Post pretty pictures on Instagram and use all the different filters. Write poetry in the sand.
5. Look Around You
See what other people are doing. It’s fun to people watch at the beach, and you might even meet some new friends. Take photographs of what you see. The light quality at the beach is different than what you’re used to, so really notice how the sky changes – how big it is, how many clouds there are, how the colors adjust during different times of day. Store up the memory of your view for later, when you’re stuck in an office and want to channel another place.
While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, make sure to stay protected from damaging sunburns. SolRx’s WATERBLOCK Technology offers 8 hours of coverage. The WATERBLOCK formula won’t sweat off or wash off for 8 full hours, so you can focus on having fun.
She may be young, but she’s a bona fide surfing star and an elite athlete. Georgia Cook, a top-ranked surfer, is still just a sophomore in high school – but she’s also a speaker, a philanthropist, and a top scholar. Cook counts the ocean and her religion as her biggest passions.
Cook, at 15, has been competing in surfing competitions since she was nine. She rides both the short and long board. Each year, from her home in Tennessee, she travels more than 15,000 miles to participate in surfing competitions. Her surfing accomplishments include multiple wins in the Eastern Surfing Association and the National Scholastic Surfing Association.
She’s been ranked No. 1 in the Georgia ESA District in Girls Shortboard and No. 2 in the Women’s Long Board for consecutive years, and in 2013 she was the first female from the ESA Georgia District to be named to the elite ESA All-Star Team. This year, she placed 11th in the Surfing America U.S. Championships and second place in Explorer Girls Longboard at the NSSA East Coast Championships. The list of her honors is long, and includes the Josephine Meuse Young Surfer Award and the Dianne Waldhour Mosely Iron Woman Award, both of which she has received for six years running.
Cook founded Every Girl Counts, a humanitarian organization that buys shoes for kids in need. The group has given more than 1,300 pairs of sandals to impoverished children around the world. Every Girl Counts is currently building a school in Kenya called the Bright Hope Education Center, intended to prepare students for university and break generational cycles of poverty. Cook also volunteers at the YMCA Surf Camp and is a member of the student action committee at her high school.
Academics & Motivation
As a member of the I Am Second Speakers Bureau, Cook has spoken to thousands of young people about surfing, her faith, and how to kids can achieve their dreams. She has a 4.5 grade point average, and her academic awards include the Presidential Academic Award in 2011 and the Duke University Talent Identification Program in 2013-2015.
At SolRx, we’re proud to support Georgia Cook and fine athletes like her – young people who aren’t just satisfied with doing well, but also strive to do good. It’s safe to say that this young star has a brilliant future ahead of her. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
If you’re getting ready for a Tough Mudder, you might have a reputation for recklessness. But that doesn’t mean you’re careless. You’ve trained for the 10-12 miles, and you’ve worked on both improving your upper body strength and increasing your overall fitness levels.
But what about the other stuff? Prepare to get down and dirty with these gear tips to help you endure long distances, impossible obstacles, and mental and physical challenges.
1. Choose your shoes carefully. The best shoes for this type of race are minimalist running shoes. These provide good grip and less padding and won’t absorb as much water. If you can’t get minimalist shoes, wear an old pair of running kicks that can be tightly laced so they don’t get sucked off into the mud. It happens! Don’t be surprised to see people duct taping their shoes to their legs to prevent this.
2. Wear lightweight clothes of synthetic material – if you’re not wearing a costume, that is! Be minimalist with your wardrobe, too. Your clothes are just going to slow you down. They’ll get wet and muddy and heavy, so choose items that dry quickly and are breathable. Avoid cotton. Sturdy compression running shorts, shirts, and socks are recommended to keep your body dry and cool, and they may help you recover. However, you may also wish to minimize tight clothing, because mud will get stuck…everywhere. Avoid open pockets. And have a change of clothes ready for you at the finish line.
3. Don’t forget the sunblock. Yes, even covered with water and mud you can get sunburned. Remember, you’ll be outside for three hours or more. You need a broad-spectrum option that can provide long-lasting protection from both types of damaging ultraviolet rays. You’ll want a tried and tested brand like SolRx, which offers water resistance to such a degree that your grip isn’t affected and your sunscreen won’t sweat or run off into your eyes and irritate them. That’s a huge advantage.
4. Consider a headband and gloves, and leave the jewelry at home. Even if you manage to keep your jewelry on, subjecting it to mud and cold and water isn’t going to make it look more attractive. Gloves can help you with grip, but can also get wet and muddy and heavy, so you’ll have to decide if you wish to use them. Headbands are important for keeping long hair out of your face.
5. Hydration and energy levels are key. This is more like a marathon, not a sprint, and you’re going to need energy. Make sure your snack choices are easy to carry and access, such as small packets of energy gels. Don’t get dehydrated; most veterans recommend bringing wearable hydration packs, even if they’re bulky, and not counting on course water stations. Carrying fuel belts or handheld bottles can be problematic as you work your way through obstacles.
Now you’re ready. And don’t forget – Tough Mudders aren’t just about winning or whining. They’re about helping others and fostering camaraderie. So don’t forget to help others along the way, and have fun!
You think you’re ready for your triathlon – you’ve trained hard on the trails, in the pool, and on your bike. Your swim cap is ready, your bike is tuned, and your training is going well. How do you make sure you’re ready for the actual day?
Check Out The Course Ahead of Time
One of the best ways to prepare for a triathlon is to simply visit the race site ahead of time. Get the lay of the land, and know where hills, flats, and aid stations are.
If you know the location, you’ll be able to figure out how to deal with flow and where to stake out your transition area. A dry run may help you determine where weaknesses are. Know where the start is located.
Organize Your Gear and Transition Area
Make a checklist. Consider putting your equipment for different parts of the race in different bags. One bag should include food, hydration, and layered clothing. Make sure all your gear is set up in the transition areas in most efficient way. For example, open the straps on your cycling shoes, and roll your socks down to the toes so they’re easier to put on wet legs. Set up a balloon or colorful bandanna to mark your spot. Label your gear.
Don’t Forget Your Extras
You may not have much room for your equipment, and you want to just bring the necessities. However, don’t skimp: bring extra goggles or an extra cap, just in case. Have a small first-aid kit available. Bring lip balm, duct tape, a Sharpie, and extra lube. Also, make sure you’ve got a broad-spectrum sunscreen on hand. The right kind, with staying power and water resistance qualities, can help you save time as you move between activities. Remember to put sunscreen on at least five minutes before your body marking, or the ink may degrade. SolRx’s SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology won’t sweat off, will help keep you hydrated and can enhance your endurance.
Start Fueling Up The Day Before
Ideally, you’ve been eating a balanced diet for several days and paying attention to what you’re putting in your body. In the 24 hours before your race, reduce your portion sizes and up the lean protein portion – fish, chicken, beans, beef, turkey, and tempeh. Eat a light pasta meal, and avoid sweets and sugary drinks. Finish your pre-race dinner 10 hours before your pre-race breakfast, and eat three hours before the race starts.
Keep it Simple
There’s a lot of gear, so many steps, and a lot to remember during a triathlon. What do you do next? Where do you put those little things that you need? Just remember that you only need to swim, bike, and run to finish the race. It’s as simple as that. These events are often about balance. Trust your own pace in each activity, go by how you feel, and enjoy the ride. Staying relaxed and calm will help, no matter what the problem.
Triathlons are one of the fastest-growing participation sports in America for a reason. They’re a great way to push your limits and have fun along the way. But they can be intense, and there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re self-learning without a triathlon coach. Proper preparation can make the process easier and less panic-inducing, so make sure you’re ready, both mentally and physically.
SolRx is now the official sunscreen for Team Dimension Data for Quebeka, the South African road cycling team.
The team is one of 18 confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, has a history that dates back to 2007. That’s when it was founded as MTN-Quebeka, sponsored by a South African cellular phone network provider. A year later, it became a Union Cycliste International Continental Team, and remained so until 2012. After that, it was registered as a Professional Continental Team, and became the first such team from Africa. In 2015 MTN ended its sponsorship, and global information technology company Dimension Data has helped forge a new team from the old.
As MTN-Quebeka, Team Dimension Data has had some prominent successes. Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo in 2013, and the team got its first Grand Tour wildcard for the 2014 Vuelta a España. The team made history as the first registered team from Africa to take part in the 2015 Tour de France. There, Steve Cummings won in the first stage of the tour, stage 14 of Mandela Day. The team won a second Grand Tour stage victory at the 2015 Vuelta a España thanks to Kristian Sbaragli.
Team Dimension Data for Quebeka
The new Team Dimension Data was created last year to reflect the new sponsorship. The name change displays the team’s support of Quebeka, World Bicycle Relief’s South African program. Quebeka gives bicycles to people in need in order to help improve communities, the environment, and individual growth.
Team Dimension Data for Quebeka is now one of the UCI’s confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, which means it will compete in 28 road cycling events throughout the men’s cycling season. The season started with the Tour Down Under on January 19, and ends this October 9 with a team time trial at the World Championships. This is the eighth edition of the UCI’s ranking system.
Members of Team Dimension Data
International Team Dimension Data members include:
- Igor Anton (ESP)
- Natnael Berhane (ERI)
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
- Theo Bos (NED)
- Matthew Brammeier (IRL)
- Mark Cavendish (GBR)
- Stephen Cummings (GBR)
- Mekseb Debesay (ERI)
- Nicolas Dougall (RSA)
- Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
- Tyler Farrar (USA)
- Omar Fraile (ESP)
- Nathan Haas (AUS)
- Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
- Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
- Songezo Jim (RSA)
- Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
- Cameron Meyer (AUS)
- Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA)
- Serge Pauwels (BEL)
- Youcef Reguigui (ALG)
- Mark Renshaw (AUS)
- Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
- Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR)
- Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI)
- Jay Thomson (RSA)
- Johann van Zyl (RSA)
- Jaco Venter (RSA)
SolRx, with its high-performance, broad-spectrum sunscreen, is proud to sponsor these elite cyclists as they compete in many different weather conditions around the world.