Skin Care Tips for Golfers
March 9, 2020 /
If you play golf on a regular basis, chances are you spend a lot of time in the sun. The average 18-hole round of golf with four players lasts four hours. Add in a couple of sand traps, a pond and a couple of putts that were this close, and it can easily stretch out to close to five hours. That is a lot of time in the sun!
Any dermatologist, or really anyone for that matter, can tell you how harmful the sun’s rays can be for your skin. Not only does sun exposure prematurely age your skin, it also can result in the development of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.
We aren’t telling you to give up golf – a useless argument, right? But, we do want to provide some tips to protect your skin while enjoying your favorite pastime! While working on lowering your handicap, you can also work on lowering your risk of skin cancer!
Skin Care Tips for Golfers
1 – Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. And did we mention sunscreen? Wearing a high SPF sunscreen year-round is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun’s dangerous rays. Even if it’s not hot outside, or if’s a cloudy day, the sun’s rays can still damage your skin. A quality sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays, applied (and reapplied every 2 hours), is an excellent first line of defense.
2 – Wear protective clothing. Long sleeve shirts, long pants, sunglasses and shade-providing hats can also help protect your skin while outdoors. While these are NOT a substitute for sunscreen, they can still give you much needed additional protection from the sun. And take it a step further – wear clothing that is specially made to block the sun, with an UPF rating of 30+.
3 – Avoid the midday sun. If possible, schedule your tee times early in the morning or later in the afternoon, avoiding the hottest time of the day (10am – 4pm). As an added bonus, some courses offered reduced fees for tee times later in day.
4 – Wear lip balm. Treat your lips with just as much care as you do any other exposed part of your body. Lips do not have protective melanin like skin. Melanin is the skin’s defense against UV rays. As a result, golfers can experience sunburned lips and this becomes a targeted area for skin cancer. Carry a lip balm with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
5 – Find shade. Look for shade wherever you can find it and get a break from the sun!
6 – Get annual skin checks. Even with taking all the above precautions, you should still schedule an annual skin check with a board-certified dermatologist. He/she will thoroughly examine your skin, including moles and sunspots, to find anything suspicious. Early detection is key to successful treatment.
Visit www.sonaskin.com or call 866-GET-SONA to find the location and dermatologist nearest you. You can also schedule an appointment with one of Sona Dermatology & MedSpa’s board-certified dermatologists online at www.sonaskin.com.