The Sun and You. . .be "skin-careful"

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Running and Being Active in the Sun

I have not been running in this heat wave that San Diego has had now for about 5 days. Either I can not wake up at 4:30AM to enjoy the cool breeze or by the time it does cool down, it's 9PM at night (if we were lucky).  I may have avoided the sun as a runner but as a soccer and cross country mom, I still got a little chocolatey this weekend!  

Either way, too much sun can be dangerous and if you do not use sunscreen, it can definitely do more damage than good! According to a 2006 Runner's World Article titled "Overexposure", Peter O'Neill, M.D. states that if you run or exercise outside with your body exposed to the sun, your skin gets damaged and can increase your risk of skin cancer. But, check this out (I have to admit that I fall in this category), there was 2005 study reported that 85 percent of outdoor athletes didn't use sunscreen at all.  These are the same health nuts that carry everything else but the sunscreen!  It is amazing how we can lather it on our kids but we tend to forget ignore ourselves.  After yesterday's run, I don't think I will ignore my skin again!

According to WebMD and other skin experts, sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin.  When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching.  The skin also bruises and tears more easily--taking longer to heal.  So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life!

Check out consumeresearch.com for the top 5 Best Reviewed Sunscreen products and grab yours quickly before heading out into the sun!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30

Est. cost $10 for 3 oz.

TARGET

Est. cost $8.09 for 3 oz. / $6.33 for 3 oz (SPF 55)

No-Ad Sunblock Lotion SPF 45

Est. cost $8 for 16 oz.

Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 30+

Est. cost $15 for 5 oz.

Banana Boat Sport Performance Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 100

Est. cost $12 for 4 oz.

TARGET

: est. cost for Family size $9.99 for 12 oz (SPF 50)

Badger SPF 30 for Face & Body

Est. cost $15 for 2.9 oz.

So, do NOT do what I did and expose yourself to the sun! I can still feel my shoulders and upper back as I type this blog entry right now!!!

Get protection for your skin because this is all we have! 

Run Happy and Be Safe