Active outdoors? SPF should not be an afterthought

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Tony Wood, Director at Halifax-based business Solarsport, said: “As we kick off Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May, it’s vital to stress the importance of using sun protection all year round, and not just in the summer months, especially for those who are active outdoors."

Unfortunately, people who exercise outdoors are more likely to get sunburn, as many outdoor activities take place during peak UV exposure times.

According to the British Skin Foundation, two out of three of us will suffer from skin cancer, and studies show a 28 per cent increased risk of melanoma associated with people who partake in physical activity outside, underlining the importance of taking proactive measures to protect our skin.

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Considering that sunburn can affect sports performance, overall health and skin cancer rates, sun protection should be a priority. Applying sunscreen regularly can prevent sunburn and significantly reduce the rate of melanoma by up to 73 per cent, so people need to start including it in their daily routines. It needs to stop being an afterthought.

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Here are some tips to ensure those with active lifestyles can protect their skin all year round:

Apply Sunscreen daily: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming outside.

Seek Shade: When possible, stay in the shade, especially during the sun's peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Cover Up: Wear protective clothing, such as hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Check Your Skin: Regularly examine your skin for any changes and consult a dermatologist if you notice anything unusual.

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