With the start of summer officially upon us, warm-weather enthusiasts nationwide are heading out to enjoy the season. From outdoor workouts to beach day barbeques, there’s tons to do when it comes to celebrating this active time of year.
However, getting outside comes with some serious responsibility. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (or other sources like tanning beds) are currently the #1 cause of skin cancer. Not to mention, overexposure to the sun can also lead to other issues like sunburn and eye damage.
So with the help of experts, we’ve compiled a list of our go-to sun safety tips for summer 2018. After all, we want our TYR community keeping healthy in every way! For more information on how to get out there while protecting yourself, read on below:
Pack the Right Stuff
Experts suggest packing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when heading outdoors. But what does “broad-spectrum” mean? Well, for starters this term indicates that a product protects against both UVA and UVB rays, rather than just one or the other. Because not all sunscreens do this, it is important to read the labels. If an item does not pass a broad spectrum test it must carry a warning stating that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging. In addition, be sure to check for an expiration date. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.” So, if it’s been in your beach bag for awhile, it may be time to pick up a new bottle.
Don’t Be Afraid to Lather Up
If you’re anything like us, the water is usually a regular part of your summer day. And while water resistant sunscreen is super helpful when it comes to enjoying a swim, it is not a cure-all. In fact, there is a big difference between water resistant and waterproof. To help ensure that you are getting the most out of your sunscreen, be sure to reapply every two hours, as well as when you get out of the ocean or pool. This will help to keep you consistently protected.
Find Some Shade
As reported by the CDC, ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. To help mediate this issue, be sure to take plenty of breaks from the sun by finding shade under a tree or umbrella. Bringing along a hat and sunglasses will also help to offset the sun from directly reaching parts of your head and eyes.
Grab Gear that’s Up to the Challenge
It’s no surprise that covering your skin is a helpful way to keep it protected from direct sunlight. Whether it’s a tee-shirt to throw on at the beach or a swim shirt to sport during a morning on your paddleboard, proper coverage is key.
However, at TYR we always strive to take things a step further. With UPF 50+ protection included in our most popular fabrications, our gear promises to stand up to 99.9% of the sun’s most harmful rays just as well as it stands up to wear, tear and chlorine. Rather than using a spray to coat our suits, we’ve engineered fabrications advanced enough to allow UPF protection to live inherently within the textile fibers. This ensures that sun safety will last the life of your garment without fear of it breaking down. In addition, all products are sent to a third party, accredited laboratory to guarantee that each and every piece of swimwear provides only the most powerful level of protection. So when you’re sporting a TYR swimsuit, you can feel confident that you’re taking safety to the next level.
With these tips in tow we’re excited to see you pack, lather and gear up for summer!