Exploding 6 Sun Protection Myths

Do you use sunscreen when you play? If you don’t, then you need to start. You should use sunscreen every time you go out—whether playing a complete round or attending a golf instruction session. Without sunscreen, your skin burns quickly. How quickly? Depending on your skin tone, it burns within 15 to 20 minutes of being out there. If you have darker skin, you’ll burn slower than those with lighter skin, but you’ll still burn rather quickly.
 
Letting the sun burn your skin day in, day out risks damaging your skin permanently. Eventually, it could lead to skin cancer, as you’re probably aware. An estimated 700,000 cases of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year just in the United States alone. Worldwide that number jumps to between 2 and 3 million, says the World Health Organization. And the incidence of non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers is increasing each year.
 
In this blog post we’d like to debunk some of the myths about protecting yourself from skin cancer and other sun-related damage. The post may not provide any golf tips that can help you lower your golf handicap, but the information may help save your life:
 
Myth 1: The higher the SPF rating on a sunscreen the longer you’re covered. Don’t be misled by a Sunscreen Protection Factor rating higher than 30. The sunscreen won’t last longer just because the number is higher. Why? It’s simple. Sunscreen wears off in about two hours. That’s long before the extra SPF would do you any good. By the same token, make sure your sunscreen has an SPF rating of 15 or better.
 
Myth 2: Sunscreens are sweat-proof. Sunscreen wears off after about two hours, as we said above, and any sweating or toweling makes hastens its demise. Obviously, if you’re going to be outside for more than 2 hours you’ll need more than one application of sunscreen. A lot of golfers taking our golf lessons apply sunscreen when they start a round and then at the turn.
 
Myth 3: If you have a tan, you don’t need sunscreen. Tanned skin is actually damaged skin fighting to protect itself from further damage. If you fail to apply sunscreen to tanned skin, you only expose it to more damage. If you’re going to be in the sun, apply sunscreen no matter how tanned you are. If you want to develop a good tan, there are ways to tan relatively safely and not exposure your skin to too much damage.
 
Myth 4: If it’s not sunny out, you don’t need sunscreen. Don’t let cloudy days fool you. You need sunscreen any time you’re on the course. The sun’s rays have no trouble piercing the clouds. So if you’re not wearing sunscreen on cloudy days, you’re asking for trouble.
 
Myth 5: Don’t worry about your lips. They can’t get sunburned. Your lips are especially prone to sun damage. So find lip balm with an SPF rating higher than 15 and use it. You can also use sunscreen on your lips. But it wears off faster than lip balm.
 
Myth 6: Skin that’s covered by clothing is safe from the sun. Melanoma—which is often fatal—occurs anywhere on the body. So make sure you check all over when looking for new, odd, or a growing skin blemish. If you see something, consult a doctor ASAP.

These are just some of the myths that are out there. More exist. So take a little bit of time to read up on the topic before playing again. Knowing the truth about sunscreen and protecting yourself from the sun won’t lower your golf handicap, but it can help save you from getting skin cancer. Dealing with skin cancer, as some of you may know, is not nearly as much fun as playing 18 on beautiful day. If you want to read more please visit these links of our site: http://www.no1golfresource.com/how-to-properly-swing-a-golf-club , http://www.no1golfresource.com/modern-golf-swing-fundamentals-for-beginners