Sun Protection for Athletes

Athlete training in sun protection athletic wear

Sun protection for athletes is a must. Much like eating, exercising and resting, sun protection is necessary to stay healthy and perform your best. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or professional athlete, you need the safety and assurance of performance sun protection clothing. Here are the top reasons sun protection is critical for athletes, and why sun protection athletic wear is your best option:

Athletes Spend a Lot of Time in the Sun

Whether it’s competing outdoors, training outside or simply enjoying the sun during breaks from athletics, it’s likely that athletes will spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Therefore, athletes have significant sun protection needs. Sun protection athletic wear is a great option because it doesn’t need to be reapplied throughout the day (unlike sunscreen, which only lasts 1-2 hours). Plus, sun protection apparel leads to cost savings in the long run compared to frequent sunscreen purchases.

Female Athlete Kayaking with Sun Protection

Athletes Need Sun Protection That Works As Hard As They Do 

Beyond simply spending a lot of time in the sun, athletes often push their bodies and work hard during that outdoor time. A hard workout demands hard working sun protection, and nothing is more effective than UPF 50+ sun protection apparel. The UPF 50+ rating means that a fabric is certified to block more than 98% of the sun’s UV rays. This is the highest possible certified rating for fabrics, and every single one of Rayward Apparel’s products meet this strict UV protection rating. In addition to offering maximum UV protection, quality sun protection apparel is designed to withstand tough workouts and training. Performance UPF shirts should stretch where you need range of motion, breathe and wick moisture to keep you comfortable, and resist abrasion to withstand workout after workout.

Athletes Must Protect Their Body

For an athlete, your body is your most important piece of equipment. As such, it needs to be in the best shape possible. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to overheating, sunburn and blistering. Plus, UV radiation is directly responsible for certain types of skin cancer. Athletes should not let something as simple as proper sun protection get in the way of maintaining their health. Sun protection athletic wear makes it easier than ever to perform your best while still protecting your body. Remember, sunburn is at best a distraction, and at worst a serious injury requiring medical attention. Speaking of distractions…

Athlete training in sun protection athletic wear

Athletes Should Avoid Distractions

Excelling in any sport or competition requires avoiding distractions and shutting out anything that could hinder your performance. While training and competing, getting a sunburn should be the last thing on the mind of an athlete. However, without preparation and sun protective athletic wear, ineffective sun safety could be an athlete’s downfall. Most athletics last longer than 15 minutes, which is all it takes to get a sunburn. If an athlete is worried about how long they’ve been in the sun, or how long it’s been since they’ve applied sunscreen, then they aren’t focusing on what needs their attention. Sun protection clothing can nearly eliminate, and at the very least significantly reduce, an athlete’s dependence on sunscreen (and all of its distracting inconveniences).

Athletes Need to Perform Their Best

The common thread between all of these points is that athletes need to perform their best. Anything that gets in the way of this is a problem. This certainly includes the threat of sunburn and skin cancer. However, even sunscreen could stand between an athlete and their peak performance. For example, sunscreens can leave a greasy residue that could weaken your grip. Plus, as mentioned above, sunscreen needs to be reapplied. This interruption could disrupt a workout routine, or even change the momentum in an athletic competition.

For an athlete to perform their best, sun protection must be intentional and consistent. Fortunately, Rayward Apparel makes this easy with performance sun protection athletic wear designed for a range of activities. Shop UPF 50+ sun protection athletic clothing today!

Top 4 Tips For Preventing Skin Cancer On Your Nose And Face

Nose and Face Protection

Exposure to UV radiation (sunlight) is one of the top risk factors when it comes to skin cancer. This means keeping your skin protected from UV exposure is one of the best ways to prevent a future skin cancer diagnosis. At Rayward Apparel we believe your clothing should do more than just look and feel great, but also help protect your skin. With this in mind, we only carry products which have been certified at UPF 50 or greater while also guaranteeing comfort and quality.  However, certain parts of the body are harder to protect from UV rays than others. You can’t simply throw a UPF 50+ shirt over your face and walk around town. This is why, statistically speaking, skin cancer on the nose and face occurs more often than anywhere else on the body.

Preventing skin cancer on your nose and face is the same as anywhere else on your body – you simply need to keep it protected from UV exposure. Thankfully, there are some very easy ways to make sure you always have the proper face protection without looking like you’re about to rob a bank. Here are 5 tips and tricks to keeping your nose and face protected throughout the day:

Preventing Skin Cancer On Nose With Rayward Apparel Sun Hat

Wide Brim Sun Hats

Sun hats (also known as UPF 50 hats and bucket hats) with a wide brim will help keep your nose and face in the shade throughout the day. Make sure you find a sun hat that is not only certified at UPF 50+, but one that has a large enough brim to provide shade to your entire face for most of the day. Because of the low angle of the sun you may still need some face sunscreen in the early morning and late afternoon.

Neck Gaiters

Sun protective neck gaiters, also known as tube bandana’s, are one of the most versatile sun protective accessories you could ever own. This is especially true when it comes to trying to prevent skin cancer on your nose, face, and neck. Neck gaiters are designed to be worn around your neck, but are very stretchy and can be worn in a variety of ways. To keep your face covered, you simply pull the gaiter up over your nose and mouth. It’s lightweight and breathable so it won’t cause any discomfort, but will provide excellent sun protection. You can also adjust the gaiter to be worn as a balaclava to help keep your head AND face protected at the same time.   

Find Shade

Whenever possible, seek shade. If you’re at the beach, bring an umbrella so you can create your own shade. While this preventative practice is not specific to your nose and face, it’s always an easy and effective way of minimizing UV exposure.

Find A Quality Face Sunscreen

The tried and true method of sun protection – simply wear sunscreen. The difficult part about sunscreen is that you need to constantly reapply every two hours which can be difficult to do throughout the day. This is especially true if you are in and out of the sun all day, which can be a bothersome process. So while we typically recommend finding a quality sun hat or gaiter, sunscreen is always a great option.  There are plenty of quality sunscreens designed specifically to be applied on your face. These sunscreens are often more comfortable and won’t have the same torturous burning effect if it gets into your eyes.

ABCs Of Skin Cancer: Know The Signs For Early Detection

ABCs of Skin Cancer

Understanding the ABCs of Skin Cancer can help you determine what spots on your skin might be potentially cancerous. While it’s not a fool-proof method, it’s a great guideline to helping people understand some of the common characteristics of cancerous moles.

Exposure to UV radiation is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. Avoiding this exposure is key in keeping your skin healthy and cancer free. However, even for the sun protection professionals out there you still need to be diligent in checking yourself regularly for unusual spots on your skin. Skin cancer is an extremely treatable form of cancer, especially when discovered early. So while it’s important to always keep your skin protected with quality UPF 50+ gear, it’s just as important to understand your skin and the signs to look for.

We pride ourselves on producing high quality clothing that is as comfortable as it is protective. Unlike most other companies, all of our products are designed to block UV radiation and are certified at UPF 50+. We don’t claim to be dermatologists or skin care professionals, but aim to do everything we can to promote skin cancer awareness and safe skin health practices. With that in mind, we wanted to share one of the easy ways we’ve learned to check for potentially cancerous spots on the skin – The ABCs of Skin Cancer.

Skin Cancer ABCs

A: Asymmetry – Potentially cancerous moles are often asymmetrical with one half looking different than the other. This can be in shape or color. Pretend there is an invisible line down the middle and compare the two sides, healthy moles should be nearly identical.

B: Border – If a mole has blurry or uneven edges, that’s a bad sign. The edges of an early melanoma spot will be much less clear and uneven than that of a healthy mole.

C: Color – Potentially cancerous moles will have a wide variety of colors. They may even look like part of it is bruising. A healthy mole is uniform in color throughout.

D: Diameter – Melanomas are often larger than 6mm or ¼in (about the size of a pencil eraser).  While it’s not the case 100% of the time most healthy moles will be on the smaller side.

E: Evolving – Look for any spots that might be actively changing. If you notice a mole getting larger, changing in color, or really changing at all it’s important to get it checked. Regularly checking your skin will help with understanding what your spots look like so you can keep an eye on any that may be changing.

Getting It Evaluated Further

The ABCs of Skin Cancer are simply a helpful guideline, but it’s important to understand that every mole is different. A mole may only show one of the 5 signs, but we’d still recommend getting it checked out in those situations. And again, we are not skin care professionals here at Rayward Apparel – If you have any concerns about your skin we’d highly recommend you see a dermatologist to discuss it further. And if you don’t already have a dermatologist, it can’t hurt to schedule an appointment. Skin cancer can happen to anyone and catching it early is critical. So even if you have no concerns, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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