Summer in Chicago: Safe fun in the sun

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Chicago winters are long and cold. Now that the weather has improved, it is time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful chicago  summer! Here are some tips to do it safely.

Whether you are training for the Chicago marathon, triathlon, gardening, boating or playing golf you MUST protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

Significant sun exposure is the # 1 risk for skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. 

1)avoid sun at peak hours ( between 10a-2p) when the rays are the strongest. Best to get that long run or round of golf in early

2)use broadspectrum sunBLOCK with SPF factor of 30 or greater each and every time you go outside. Try a lighter weight alcohol based spray product such as coppertone sport block especially if you are acne prone. remember to apply to backs of ears, neck, legs and arms as well as your face.

3)apply 30 min BEFORE outdoor activities and re-apply every 2-3 hours.

4)Keep your clothes on!-having a shirt on provides protection of about SPF 8 which is better than nothing.

5)wear your hat and sunglasses. A hat will protect your scalp if you have thinning hair. Sunglasses with UV protection will protect your eyes from sundamage and cataract formation. Keeping your sunglasses on might help to minimize those crows. If they do occur, they are easily treated with Botox injections.

6)Certain medications can make you more sunsensitive: many oral or topical medications ( acne, highblood pressure, birth control) make your skin more sensitive to the sun and you may burn or develop discoloration more easily. Chicago summers are short, enjoy them and protect your skin against future sun damage. Most discoloration can be treated with chemical peels ,  prescription medications or laser treatments.

Enjoy the summer. Run happy , run safe!

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm and is filed under sun protection. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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