SolRx Sunscreen Blog
Sunscreen for runners. It’s a subject that should not be taken lightly. While most runners are quick using any sport sunscreen on the shelf at Walgreens, smart athletes know to use a broad-spectrum, waterproof formula that ensures optimal protection against the sun.
When it comes to warding-off the sun’s harmful rays during your athletic endeavors, be mindful about the products you use. Here are a few characteristics to consider when searching for the best sport sunscreen for runners.
Whether you’re ultra-distance runner logging 30 miles per week or a weekend warrior who logs just 30 minutes, it doesn’t matter. When you’re outdoors working up a sweat, the sun’s harmful rays can be magnified with a layer of moisture.
And not all sport sunscreens have you covered. In fact, many can lose their SPF with sweat or water exposure. For this reason, it’s critical use a waterproof sunscreen that will retain its SPF with heavy sweat, a cooling splash of water, or even a swim (for those runners who are also triathletes.)
Look for sunscreens that have undergone water immersion testing. This is the best way to know with confidence just how water resistant the product truly is. As in the case of SolRx, our SPF 30 product rated SPF 35.83 after 8 hours of being in the water.
Beyond just runners, broad-spectrum sunscreen is important for anyone who sees prolonged sun exposure. While some sunscreens block all UVB rays, broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
The effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for runners who are out in the sun for long periods of time. Some of the most prevalent risks of UV exposure are skin pigment fading, premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, and skin cancer.
Don’t fall to victim to a sunscreen that doesn’t offer 100% protection. Protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays with broad-spectrum defense that comes with right sunscreen products.
Most athletes are all about efficiency. Even a sunscreen that takes too long to apply can be a major bottleneck for one’s workout. Fortunately, you can find easy-to-apply options with all the awesome features mentioned above.
One of the best options is SolRx Zinx Stix. This zinc oxide sunscreen rubs-on like a stick of deodorant and provides lasting protection for hours on end. It’s one of SolRx most popular products, and for good reason. Get the SPF 50 Tinted Zinc Sunscreen Stick available on sale now.
The Best Sport Sunscreen for Runners
For many individuals, running is one of the most liberating forms of movement. Not only is running an easy outlet for exercise, but going for a run can provide immediate freedom from our over-thinking minds.
And while a good run outdoors can be a freeing experience, it can also expose us to harsh elements. Even for winter runners, the sun can be one of the most dangerous yet often overlooked elements. When you’re in need of the best sport sunscreen for runners and other outdoor athletes, consider products by SolRx.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Think you’re well protected from the sun this summer? You might be making one of the following mistakes when applying sunscreen, which could harm your skin and your health down the line.
1. You Wait Too Long to Apply It
If you want till you get outside to apply sunscreen, you’re too late. You should apply at least 20 minutes before you actually go into the sun, in order to make sure your sunblock has time to get absorbed into your skin and start working. Your skin is vulnerable when you first go into the sun, so this is important. Although the FDA warns that you need to reapply every 80 minutes (and you do with other sunscreens), SolRx is has been tested and proven to offer coverage for 8 hours in and out of water.
2. You Miss A Spot
If you try to apply sunscreen while your clothes are on, you’re likely to miss spots because you don’t want to get your clothes messy, so you should actually make sure you use a liberal amount before you leave the house. Don’t forget your lips, your underarms, your feet, behind your ears, and the back of your neck. Also, protect your eyes with sunglasses.
3. You Don’t Use the Right Kind
You need a high-SPF (15+), broad-spectrum sunblock, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and if you’re going to sweat or go into the water, you need to use a water-resistant formula so your sunblock will not slide off and become ineffective. Don’t use body-only formulations on your face, because formulas designed for your face are more gently manufactured without alcohol.
4. You Don’t Use It When You Should
It doesn’t have to be glaringly sunny outside for you to put sunblock on. During certain times of day, the sun can be quite strong even through clouds. Windows of houses and cars block UVB rays but not UVA – and you won’t be able to tell that you’re getting them, because only UVB rays lead to darkened skin. You can also still get sun when you’re in the shade, under an umbrella, because sun rays reflect off sand, water, and snow.
5. You Don’t Use Enough
Most people only apply about 25-50 percent of the amount of sunscreen they really need. You should be using about one shot glass’ worth of sunblock (two tablespoons) to exposed areas, with a nickel-sized dollop for the face alone. With a spray, apply until there’s an even sheen on the skin. Please note, it’s very unlikely that you will ever apply too much.
These are incredibly common mistakes that most people experience more than once when putting on sunblock, but easily fixed with a little time and extra care when you apply. Safeguard yourself and those you love by eliminating these mistakes, and you’ll be able to enjoy summer with no drawbacks!
Spray-on sunscreens can be just as effective as lotions and creams, as long as you put enough on. But how exactly should you use spray-on sunscreens to get the best effect?
As one of the leading developers of high-performance spray-on sunscreen, here at SolRx, we’ve created an advanced option that designed to offer prolonged water immersion, profuse sweating, and long hours in the sun. As such, below we discuss the important of proper application of spray-on sunscreens.
Why Use A Spray-on Sunscreen?
Spray-on sunscreen has been the number one choice for many people because it dries quickly, it’s lightweight and it’s easy to put on. It’ll protect areas that are hard to cover otherwise, like your scalp, if you don’t want to wear a hat, or your back. In addition, people who are hairy may prefer spray-on’s because they don’t tend to cling to hairs the way lotions do.
The SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump is an excellent choice for spray sunscreen. The formula is engineered with natural ingredients to keep your skin from drying out. The WATERBLOCK formula (which is 100% paraben-free, non-sticky) and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water!
Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a spray-on sunscreen that provides 8+ hours of protection!
Make Sure You’re Putting Enough On
A gentle spritz onto your skin isn’t enough. You need to apply enough to the skin to make it glisten. A good general rule is to aim your spray continuously for about six seconds per body part – which is longer than you might think. Don’t rush this process; it’ll still be quick, but you need to make sure you’re thorough.
Do I Really Have to Rub Spray Sunscreen In?
The short answer is yes. No matter whether the instructions call for it or not, you should rub your spray-on sunscreen in. This is because even fine sprays will coat your body unevenly, and rubbing it in ensures that you get more even coverage. Rubbing also helps your body absorb the sunscreen more easily. Make sure that you don’t rub too vigorously, because this may actually reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen.
Ultimately, you should get the type of sunscreen that you’ll actually use. If you think you won’t use lotions because you (or your squirming child) aren’t patient enough to put it all over your body, then a spray-on might be the best option for you.
Ziplining, in which thrill-seekers get into harnesses, strap themselves to steel wires and use pulleys to get from place to place, is one of the fastest growing forms of ecotourism in the world. There’s nothing like the feeling of speeding through the air while viewing landmarks below.
In the U.S., it’s an easy way to find adventure and excitement and see the natural wonders or brilliant cityscapes around you. Here are a few of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy ziplining.
Haleakala Zipline: Skyline Eco-Adventures
Ziplining is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, and the Haleakala Zipline (part of Skyline Eco-Adventures) is one of the best. Suitable for ages 8 to 98, this zipline course allows you to swing through beautiful landscapes in upcountry Maui. Multiple lines and crossings allow you to view unusual birds, endangered plants, lovely valleys, tall eucalyptus trees, swinging bridges, and much more. Expect speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and some short hiking experiences.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers one of the best sites for ziplining is in the midwest. Based in Rockbridge, Ohio, here your ziplining adventure can offer speeds up to 50 miles per hour (via the SuperZip® as shown in the video below.)
Forests, cliffs, caves, rope bridges, and the Hocking River offer beautiful vistas to fly over, and you’ll have personable guides to help you stay safe. This place offers five different award-winning tours, including a “Moonshine Tour” under the light of the full moon and tours that combine climbing, rappelling, and ziplining.
Soaring Tree Top Adventures
At Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango, Colorado, you can take 34 unique zip lines between old-growth alpine forest trees, across the Animas River, and through fresh mountain air. Ziplining here is designed as an all-day adventure for the whole family, with lines up to 1400 feet long. A four-course gourmet lunch, historic railroad transportation through a canyon, and an eco-tour are included, which makes this a first-class experience all around.
Ziplining is an exhilarating activity, and it’s safe and fun for most ages. If you’re searching for a new way to enjoy the scenery as you soar through the air, nothing can match it. And it’s also easy because you don’t need much equipment.
Dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, and bring sunscreen (since traveling fast doesn’t protect you from sunburn!), and you’re pretty much set. The SolRx 8 Hour WATERBLOCK SPF 50 is a great option because it won’t sweat into your eyes obscuring the breathtaking views.
In some ways, you could say SolRx is among the best sunscreen for swimmers. Beyond just swimming and water sports, other types of athletes benefit in myriad ways from the WATERBLOCK technology that makes SolRx sport sunscreens so effective.
In addition to being a broad-spectrum sport sunscreen for swimmers, SolRx products also offer a incredible level of water resistance for prolonged exposure. The SolRx WaterBlock has been rigorously tested and designed for water immersion, so it’s an ideal product for swimming and people who spend a lot of time in the water. And it’s not only safe and healthy for humans. SolRx sunscreen is formulated in a way that protects our environment as well.
Why SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers?
Whether you’re competing in an Ironman triathlon or just spending a day at the pool, SolRx is versatile sunscreen for all walks of life. With a wide variety of options like spray sunscreen and high-SPF protection, SolRx sport sunscreen caters to both elite-level swimmers and just about anyone water bound. Below we discuss a few specific reasons why SolRx is one of the best sunscreens for swimmers.
8-Hour Water Immersion Protection
SolRx sunscreen products don’t merely meet FDA standards for sun safety, they surpass them. In fact, the test we helped develop to assess our sunscreen’s performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990’s, eventually became the new industry standard.
As one of our flagship sunscreens for swimmers, SolRx’s SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen was rated at SPF 35.83 even after 8 hours in the water. This means that athletes can be confident that no matter how much time they spend in the water their skin will be protected.
A Convenient Spray Sunscreen for Swimmers
As you may know through experience, sunscreen that doesn’t stay on properly can affect your performance. If you’re entering a high-stakes activity, you need the best. SolRx has developed spray sunscreen that stays on skin, even after prolonged immersion in the water. This provides a convenient and highly-effective sunscreen for swimmers and triathletes, especially for the transition area as athletes prepare to head out on the bike for several hours at a time.
Because SolRx products cling so well to your skin, they won’t sweat off into eyes or wash away in the water. That means they do not cause the kind of irritation that can make a race or other endeavor more difficult. As a result, the spray sunscreen that SolRx offers makes for a popular option among endurance athletes.
Broad Spectrum Protection
At SolRx, we are recognized as the best sports sunscreen that swimmers count on for maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. Unlike some sunscreens that only protect against UVA rays, our WaterBlock formula is also designed to be broad spectrum, ensuring coverage from both types of UV rays.
We offer a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense, including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original Waterblock Formula. So when you’re out at the lake, pool, or ocean, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes from SolRx sunscreens.
Environmentally-friendly Sport Sunscreen
Chemicals in sunscreen can damage the health of oceans by leaching corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” These chemicals can also disrupt the development of fish and other wildlife, reducing their ability to deal with climate change.
Recent studies have shown that this problem in our oceans is getting worse. Because SolRx products stay on the skin and can only be removed by soap and water, it’s a safer choice for people who believe that conservation of our water-based habitats is crucial. SolRx doesn’t add to environmental pollution.
If you’re a swimmer, it’s important to have an effective broad-based sunscreen that is as water-resistant as possible. You spent a lot of time in the sun. And when you’re out there, you’re busy thinking about other things – times, transitions, gear. The last thing you need is worry about whether your skin is being protected. That’s where SolRx comes in. We’re the choice among sport sunscreens for swimmers and athletes because we make it effortless for you to stay protected.
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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.
The truth is, U.S. beaches are pretty fantastic. We have lake beaches along the Great Lakes that enhance life in midwestern states, and we have coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that are gorgeous year round. Beaches in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, and Florida are among the best in the country. But these five are truly some of the best beaches in the U.S. and worth a visit no matter where you’re from.
Lanakai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, is a serene half-mile strip of public beach known for its gentle winds, clear turquoise green waters, and fine white sand. Its location on Oahu’s windward coast and a stunning view of the Mokulua Islands makes it a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike. There are so many beautiful beaches in Hawaii, yet this one stands out. There isn’t much shade in certain areas, so be sure to have your sunscreen on hand.
Bahia Honda State Park, located at mile marker 37 along Highway 1 in the Florida Keys, is a quiet and family-friendly spot, with three beaches, nature trails, and high-quality snorkeling and beachcombing. The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a great place for watching sunsets, in one of the southernmost points in the country. Wading birds and other wildlife are abundant here. The very air itself will calm and relax you.
Race Point Beach, a Cape Cod National Seashore beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is known for the kind of picturesque and expansive views you expect from unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The water can be chilly, but seal and whale sightings (in season) might make up for that. This is a no-frills beach with minimal concessions – it’s just you, the sun, the sky, and the sea.
La Jolla, California, near San Diego, is actually a collection of breathtaking beaches in dramatic settings. Secluded coves, jagged cliffs, and beautiful sand abound at locations like Windandsea Beach. Expect magnificent waves, sugary sand, infinite blue seas, rocky landscapes, and beautiful light. The beaches of La Jolla can be tucked away, but the people are friendly and the geography is ever-changing.
Cannon Beach, a city in Oregon along the Pacific coast, offers views of the ocean, forested mountains to the east, and a marine garden at Haystack Rock full of sea life and birds like puffins and cormorants. A wide, clean expanse of sand allows for many family-friendly activities, and the water is cool and clear. This is a site that has been described as otherworldly and inspirational; it’s where the ‘80s film “The Goonies” was filmed.
The truth is, we haven’t even begun to delve into the amazing number of awesome beaches across this country. South Padre Island, Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,– we have such a diversity of great ones, it’s hard to choose favorites. But there’s one thing we know for sure: the sun is strong along these sandy locales. Don’t forget a broad-spectrum sunscreen with water resistance, like SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology. You do not want to mar your beautiful beach experience with painful burns, no matter where you are.
The hiking season is fast approaching! This means it’s almost time to spend your days outdoors, exploring trails in the bright sunshine. You already know you’ll need a good broad-spectrum sunscreen for these adventures, but you’re also going to need other products to protect your face. These may include moisturizer, to keep your face from getting dry, and bug spray, to keep the mosquitoes from eating you alive.
Moisturizing is important when you’re going outside, especially in higher altitudes where there’s a lot of dry air. Many dermatologists recommend using it first, then putting sunscreen on top of that. That’s because you don’t want the water in your moisturizer to dilute the effectiveness of the sunscreen. You can even mix moisturizer and sunscreen together, as long as they each contain a safe level of SPF protection (25+) so that you’re not diluting the formula.
Choose a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen for maximum protection. Make sure to apply a uniform layer, and apply sunscreen liberally. Most sunscreens are designed to get absorbed into your skin, while bug spray should stay on top of your skin, which is why you need to apply sunscreen first.
SolRx’s WATERBLOCK sunscreen is not only resistant to water but also to sweat, making it a great choice for summertime hikers.
Then, Insect Repellent
You need to wait for at least 5-10 minutes to allow sunscreen to dry. If at all possible, wait a half hour. This will allow plenty of time for the sunscreen to bind to your skin before you add insect repellent. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of skin, but use the minimum amount needed. Apply a light layer, then add to it as needed.
If you’re going to wear makeup, do it between your sunscreen and insect repellent. Wait at least 3-5 minutes before adding makeup, such as foundation, to make sure that the sunscreen is not diluted further. Don’t use excess pressure, and don’t rub. Do not use makeup with SPF as your sole form of protection from UV rays, because most people do not use enough makeup to provide the level of protection listed on the container.
If you’re staying out in the sun for long periods of time, you will need to reapply. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied more than insect repellent in general, but if you are using both you’ll have to reapply both products, keeping in mind the above instructions.
If you’re using a formula with the 8 hour WATERBLOCK technology from SolRx, frequent reapplication isn’t necessary.
Please note that if you are using medication that must be applied to your face, that goes first. Moisturizer comes next, and may actually help absorption of any medication. Makeup follows, then insect repellent. The general rule of thumb is that products designed for absorption into your skin should go first, followed by products designed to stay on top of skin. Just make sure you are adding enough, and reapply when necessary!