5 tips to protect your surfer skin
Did you know that… we Surfers are more exposed to the risk of developing a Melanoma. Of course you knew, it makes perfect sense that it is so. What you must not know is that a study at Australia's Bond University revealed a somewhat alarming number: Surfers are three times more likely to develop melanoma than non-surfers. 3 TIMES! A little scary isn't it?
Unfortunately, this exposure is inevitable, surfing is an outdoor sport, and we actually like that too. What can we do? PREVENTION, PREVENTION AND PREVENTION.
We give here some prevention measures, which will allow you to spend more time in the water and avoid putting your health at risk.
1 - A good sunscreen applied regularly.
For surfers it is recommended to use a Sunblock SPF 50. You must apply 15 to 20 minutes before surfing. If you plan to stay in the water for a long time, you can take one of those lipsticks in the Key Pocket of your Wetsuit to apply on your lips, cheeks, nose and ears. As soon as you get out of the water and dry, it is difficult to apply the wet sunscreen, apply the Sunscreen SPF 50 again. Apply at least every 2 hours.
2- Avoid surfing in the hours of intense sun.
The intensity of the Sun varies a lot during the day. During the morning and during the late afternoon, the angle of "collision" of the solar radiation is different and not so intense for your skin. But have you ever thought that the best waves are also usually in the morning or at the end of the day?
3- Additional equipment.
There are places, not in Portugal but worldwide, where there are higher rates of UV rays and the use of sunscreen is not very well regarded as it has an impact on corals for example. There you can use Lycras, hats or specific caps for surfing, for example. When you are not surfing it is also recommended to wear hats, glasses and clothes that really protect from UV rays.
4- Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
It may seem like strange advice, but good nutrition and hydration create an organic balance that helps protecting your skin.
5- Know your skin.
Monitor your skin at least once a year. Analyze lesions and stains and their evolution. You must pay special attention to the contour, color and size. Never forget the old motto “lesion that changes, a wound that does not heal, it is time to be seen".
We hope these tips are useful!
If you have any more tips send them to us.
(C) Photo: António Cardoso by Hélio António