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As the weather heats up and people flock to the outdoors to exercise, it’s important to remember a few key tips regarding sun safety. While working on your internal health when exercising, the trusted experts at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute are here to remind you to also consider your external, outer health, and remember to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays while exercising outdoors.

Before venturing outdoors, your first step to becoming ‘outdoor-exercise ready’ is the application of a sunscreen with an adequate SPF rating. Apply 10-15 minutes before exposing yourself to sunlight in order for the product to properly bind to the skin’s surface. Remembering this step is crucial; however, it doesn’t end with a single application. Reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the often-forgotten areas, such as the scalp and ears, and make sure to get your hands on a lip balm with an SPF protection rating of 30 or more, as skin cancer can also occur on the lips. When considering which sunscreen is right for you, visit the healthcare officials at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute for their suggestions on products such as EltaMD, the line of professional sunscreens and UV lip balms that are most highly recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Another, rather obvious sun safety tip is to not run shirtless. Exposing more surface area of your skin to the sun’s harmful rays increases your chance of sunburns, skin cancers such as melanoma, and sun damage. Make sure to purchase breathable UPF clothing that protects your skin the best, such as the UPF hats offered at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute. In addition to an adequate layer of sunscreen, these garments give you the added protection of an extra sun-safe layer, while still being able to comfortably enjoy your workout.

If you are still unsure about how to best protect yourself from the sun’s rays this summer, talk to a skin care professional at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute. Their qualified experts can customize a sun-safe skin care regiment that works for your skin and your life. Visit us online and book an appointment today, and start preserving and enjoying your skin’s radiance for the summer.