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Fall Sports – Make Sure to Wear Sunscreen While Watching or Playing

Most people remember to use sunscreen in the summer – when you’re going to be spending hours in the hot sun watching baseball games or soccer, or biking, running, or participating in different physical activities, it’s easy. Once fall comes around, you may be less vigilant about keeping your sunblock container nearby. But just because the sunniest season of the year is over, it doesn’t mean you can stop wearing sunscreen to protect your skin.

Fall Sports - Make Sure to Wear Sunscreen

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Weather Changes

It’s true that once the seasons turn, you’ll experience cloudier days and lower temperatures that won’t tempt you to be outside quite so often. But the truth is, the ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer are unaffected by year-round weather changes, and remain present and potent on cloudy days. In addition, there are conditions that takes place in the fall that may actually lead to an increase in your chances of getting a burn. For example, nice and snow are reflective and can bounce UV rays back at you.

Sporting Events

Fall sports such as football, baseball, soccer, tennis, field hockey, volleyball, and cross-country require you to be outdoors, sometimes for lengthy periods of time, whether you’re watching or playing. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll have shade to shield you from the damaging rays of the sun. You may have to dress warmly for some of these games, but the sun is no less dangerous. Other sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, can offer additional concern because the sun rays may be damaging at higher altitudes – and snow and ice are often a factor there.

The Importance of Sun Safety

The UV rays that may damage your skin cells are UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that lead to sunburn; you may not feel any of the symptoms of UVA exposure until your skin starts to show wrinkles and dark spots. You need to protect from both types of UV rays with a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunblock because your lifetime exposure to the sun determines whether you’re at risk for skin cancer, so reduce your exposure as much as possible. Avoid sunburns, because that increases your risk immensely. Stay in the shade and cover up if that’s possible.

The bottom line is, you must protect yourself from the sun not just in the summer, but all year round. You’ll still see quite a bit of sun in the fall, and you may still be out and about for long periods if you’re playing or watching sports. Be smart and keep that sunblock, such as SolRx SPF 44 Dry Zinc Sunscreen, on hand, even if it looks dreary out there.

Back to School – Is Sunblock on Your Kid’s School Supply List?

Is Sunblock on Your Kid’s School Supply List?

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Believe it or not, summer’s almost over. This means it’s time to buy fall clothes and shop for items on your school supply list – pencils, tissues, markers, glue. Is sunblock included? 

Well, it might not be. These days, many school lists are geared to the general student population, as kids often share their supplies with one another, and sunblock is usually a more personal choice. In addition, it’s not really a direct educational aid. But it’s still something you should send to school with your students, and make sure they have on hand.

The Importance of Sunblock

You certainly understand why you have sunblock on hand throughout June, July, and August. The sun is strong, and your kids are hopefully spending a lot of time outdoors. They need protection from those UVA and UVB rays, the ones that create sunburn and age skin prematurely, making them at risk for skin cancer later in life. It’s hot, so they may sweat, which means a water-resistant formula would be best to protect their more sensitive skin. Remember that any amount of tanning on your child’s skin can represent cellular skin damage, so protecting them from the sun is key.

School Days

It’s easy to forget that your kids will be outside and exposed to the weather on school days. After all, you don’t see them, and you have other things on your mind – work, taking care of other children, home projects, classes. But they will have recess, and they may eat lunch outside (depending on your climate and school’s situation), and the walk or bike to and from school may also take them along sunlit sidewalks and open areas with little shade. They may spend time outside during gym classes, waiting for the bus, and on field days as well. The SolRx SPF 35 Sunscreen comes in a 1.5oz bottle with a carabiner handle for easy access.

Unseen Dangers

Putting sunblock on can be a hassle, especially when it comes to squirming children. But it’s important, if your kids will be outside, to make sure they are always wearing sunscreen, and try to encourage them to reapply during the day (we know this is hard!). Even in winter, and on cloudy days, the sun can be dangerous. The sun’s rays can sometimes penetrate through clouds quite well, depending on their type, thickness, and deepness through the atmosphere, and the UV effect can be even stronger on the earth’s surface as a result. In the winter, UV rays reflect off snow and ice and bounce right back onto skin, so the sun can affect your children more than you realize all year round – no matter what the weather conditions.

We can’t control every moment of our children’s days once they enter school, but we can give them the tools to help themselves. That’s really what education is all about, right? Although your school supply list might not include sunblock, you should slip a container into your kids’ backpacks and make sure they’re truly ready for school this fall – in all the important ways.

Tennis, Anyone? SolRx Is Preferred by Tennis Players

Do you play tennis? If so, you know it’s vital to keep your skin protected during those long, hard hours of practice on outdoor courts, be they clay, grass, or some other material. Although you’re always in motion, that doesn’t protect you from the sun. Don’t let your favorite athletic endeavor result in conditions like melanoma or skin cancer – use a sunscreen preferred by elite athletes. SolRx is perfect for picky tennis players.non-greasy sunscreen tennis grip

Broad-Spectrum Sun Protection that Resists Water

Plenty of athletes don’t like sunscreen, but it’s hugely important. Tennis players especially are exposed to bright, hot sunlight on hard, sometimes reflective courts for potentially many hours of the day. That much exposure to the sun is dangerous for skin both on a temporary level – UVB rays causing sunburn – and on a long-term cellular level – UVA rays causing skin cancer and melanoma. Athletes prefer SolRx products because our sunblock offers effective, long-lasting, broad-spectrum protection from both of these UV rays.

Water Resistance Gives You An Advantage

The WaterBlock technology used by SolRx ensures that sunscreen won’t sweat off your face and drip into your eyes obscuring your vision. This means you don’t need to fear putting sunscreen on your forehead. You must have a water-resistant sunblock if you’re being active. You need to make sure playing conditions are perfect.

Non-Greasy Spray Is Excellent for Grip

SolRx products come in several different formats, but tennis players often prefer our non-greasy spray. This is because spray-on sunscreens are easy to apply, even for hard-to-reach places. Spray-on sunscreen is lightweight and dry quickly, and they also don’t get your hands all slippery from rubbing lotion onto the rest of your body. As you know, grip is key in tennis; how you hold the racquet might be the single most important factor in your swing. So making sure your palms are dry definitely affects your game.

Don’t skip the sunblock. Your tennis whites look sharp, but you often can’t wear clothing that protects from the sun while on the court, because it might obscure your vision and movement. That’s why it’s so vital to choose a sunscreen that stays on and helps you play your best. SolRx is the choice for elite players from many disciplines, so find out how our sunblock can give you an advantage.