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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

Photo Credit: Torsten Bolten

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.

Long Lasting Sun Protection For Days on the Links

Sunscreen for Golfers

If you’re a golfer, you know it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen, since you spend so many hours on the course in pursuit of par excellence.

Because your skin – or nose, face, neck, arms, lips – is exposed to the sun so often, there’s a danger that you’ll develop conditions like melanoma and skin cancer. But, we understand that you don’t want to sacrifice a stroke because you had to slather on a greasy sunscreen formula. This means you’ve got to be picky about your sun protection, so pick SolRx.

Broad Spectrum, Water-Resistant Sun Protection

SolRx products offer broad-spectrum sun protection, so that you’re protected both from sunburn-inducing UVB rays and skin-damaging UVA rays. In addition, our sunscreens are water-resistant without being drying. They’re specially formulated to wick away sweat and water, which keeps you comfortable and makes sure your vision is clear. Our water resistant sunscreens have been tested and proven effective through immersion testing to truly protect from the sun for defined periods of time.

Non-Greasy, No-Slip Formulation

SolRx products are oil-free, so they don’t feel greasy, and paraben-free, so they don’t hurt your eyes. As a result, your grip will remain tight even when you have sunscreen on, giving you an advantage on the green. And you’ll be able to aim with accuracy even when your competitors are struggling to view the hole through sweat-fogged vision. SolRx sport sunscreens feel clean and dry when they go on, and then they last all day.

Flexibility with Stick, Dry Spray, or Lotion

Because SolRx products come in different types of formulations, you can pick the type that’s right for you. They all offers similar levels of protection and water resistance, and make it possible for you to perform at a high level no matter what sport you’re playing.

Our rub-on Zinc stick is great for quick touch-ups, and the SPF 50 dry spray works well for bare arms and legs as well as heads of hair. The lotion, applied generously and with care, can offer comprehensive, all-over protection.

Sun protection is important, so don’t skimp. As a golfer, you’re out in the sun for long hours at a time, and the last thing you need is to be distracted by concerns about dangerous sun exposure.

On the other hand, you need a sunscreen that won’t interfere with your ability to drive the ball towards the green, or make precise putts. SolRx is thoughtfully formulated with you in mind, and can help protect you whether you’re an elite athlete or a recreational weekend player.

In Sunscreen Debate, Mineral/Chemical Isn’t as Important as Water Resistance

This week the social media world has turned its attention to sunscreen and the debate over whether natural sunscreens actually provide adequate protection. One sunscreen company received backlash over the ineffectiveness of its natural sunscreen and the burns its users received when using it. In response, Good Morning America ran a segment (watch below in non-https or watch on ABC News) Tuesday on whether mineral based sunscreens are as effective as chemical sunscreens. Mineral based sunscreens, which work by creating a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful UV rays, are typically made of zinc or titanium, such as SolRx’s Zinc SPF 50 sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens, such as SolRx’s best-selling SPF 50 and SPF 50 Spray, typically include chemical compounds Oxybenzone or Avobenzone and protect skin by absorbing the sun’s rays. The truth is, both types of sunscreens – mineral and chemical – are proven to be effective when used properly, and what really matters is that the sunscreen is water resistant and stays on the skin after it is applied. Using a Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant sunscreen that doesn’t wash off when you are sweating or when you go in and out of water is the only way to ensure the proper UVA/UVB protection. This is where SolRx separates itself from the rest of the Broad Spectrum sunscreens on the market. SolRx sport sunscreens are rigorously tested and proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water. It won’t wash off your skin without scrubbing with soap and water and keeps you protected no matter if you’re running, swimming, golfing, or out for a day on the lake. So while the social media world reacts and debates over mineral vs. chemical sunscreens, know that either is a good choice and what you really need to pay attention to when purchasing sunscreen is that it’s Broad Spectrum and Water Resistant.

The Benefits of Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

SPF 50 Zinc Oxide SunscreenIt’s finally summertime! Time to hit the beach, play outdoor sports, or enjoy music festivals and food fairs all over town.

But remember, if you don’t protect your skin from harmful UV rays, being out and about might take a toll on your body that lasts long past the summer season. Sun protection can’t be an afterthought — consider using a zinc sunscreen to protect yourself.

What is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen and How Does it Work?

Zinc oxide is one of 17 ingredients approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in sunscreens. This is because the zinc oxide particles (often in the form of nano-particles) rest on the outermost layer of skin, where they scatter, reflect, and absorb ultraviolet radiation.

This protects the lower layers of skin from UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun, making zinc oxide a broad-spectrum blocking agent.

Why Should I Purchase Zinc Oxide Sunscreen?

Because zinc oxide is a metal that’s been oxidized, sunscreens containing it, such as SolRx’s SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen and Zinc Sunscreen Face Stick, are considered mineral rather than chemical, and are therefore more natural than most of the sunscreens currently on the market.

That makes it better for your body and better for the environment. When zinc oxide is the active ingredient in sunscreen, it can be safe and effective without introducing chemicals to your skin.

Are there any Concerns in Using Zinc Sunscreens?

Zinc oxide is very safe; you may have already encountered it in topical ointments such as calamine lotion and diaper creams. The main disadvantage to Zinc Sunscreens is that you generally have to use more of it to get to a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30, than you would with other sport sunscreens.

This makes zinc oxide sunscreens more expensive in the long run. Also, zinc generally shows up white on skin instead of clear, and the more you use, the more the whitening effect, and some people don’t like that.

Ultimately, to get the best protection from the sun you should utilize a combination of strategies – including covering up with clothing and staying in the shade. If you are going to expose skin, zinc oxide sunscreen can provide a natural and beneficial alternative to chemical sunscreens, and offer a very effective amount of protection from dangerous UV rays.

Stick It! – Introducing New Zinc Stix Sunscreen

SolRx, the leader in sport sunscreen for athletes, is excited to unveil our newest product for people who love the outdoors – Zinc Stix!

Stick It! - Introducing New Zinc Stix Sunscreen

The new Zinc Stix are broad spectrum SPF 50 stick sunscreen that goes on clear and doesn’t leave any sticky residue! Its compact design and ultimate UVA/UVB protection makes it the must-have carry on sunscreen for golfers, tennis players, and any outdoor lover who needs convenient access to protective sunscreen.

Simply throw it in your golf or tennis bag, your purse or pocket, or in cargo shorts and you’ll never be far from the broad spectrum protection you need from the sun’s harmful rays. Zinc Stix roll on application makes it perfect for applying long-lasting sunscreen on your arms, hands, face or ears.

Zinc Stix will retail at $12.99 per unit, but SolRx is offering a special introductory price of $9.99 each for a limited time!