Before you head outside, think about your skin

Race day hat? Check. Bowtie? Check. Sunscreen? Check.

Whether you’re heading out to Keeneland this weekend or just spending time outside enjoying the spring weather, make sure sunscreen is a part of your wardrobe.

Even when temperatures are mild or skies are overcast, a day outside can still result in sunburned skin if you don’t take the proper precautions. Using sunscreen is the first step. It protects you from sunburn and limits suntan by reflecting ultraviolet rays.

Before you go outside, take a look at our tips for protecting your skin:

  • A sunscreen with SPF of 20 to 30 offers substantial protection against sunburns and usually prevents tanning.
  • The phrase “broad spectrum” on a product’s label means the sunscreen filters out ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation exposure. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are mostly responsible for premature aging and skin cancer. UVB rays affect the surface of the skin and cause sunburn. Be sure to pick a sunscreen that protects against both.
  • People with fair skin, especially those with blond or red hair, should be especially cautious. They are at the greatest risk of developing skin cancer, but all people are at some risk.
  • Use sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin. Don’t forget easily overlooked areas such as the rims of the ears, lips, back of the neck and feet. And if you don’t have a full head of hair, don’t forget the top of your head, either.
  • Make sure to use sunscreen liberally and rub it in well. The recommended dose is one ounce per full-body application (about the amount in a shot glass).
  • Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. It needs time to absorb into the skin.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re sweating.
  • Seek shade if you need to, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are at their strongest.
  • Your race day hat and sunglasses aren’t just fashion statements: They can also help protect your face from excessive sun.

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