In cycling, it is very common to spend long hours riding in the Sun. We know the benefits that make sport, but we have to take into account the impact that the Sun can have on our skin, since it can be much more serious than we can imagine.
In principle, any sunscreen is valid, but there are some formats, texture and resistance more appropriate for sports use. Creams in stick format is usually preferred by athletes, since they are easy to carry over for touch-ups during the route and cover evenly. Texture spray tends to also be a good choice, since it has a faster absorption. And finally, an essential characteristic is that they are resistant to water and sweat.
To choose the suitable protection factor we need to know our phototype, which depends on the ability to Tan, the color of the skin, hair and eyes. People with higher propensity to sunburn, which almost never Tan with the Sun, have a phototype low.
It is apply a generous layer of sunscreen with a factor of SPF 30 or higher if we are going to train with the bike exposed to UV rays. For successful implementation, there are more exposed or areas with more direct contact to the Sun, such as the face, neck, ears, nose, elbows and knees so the application of the cream in that area has to be extra. Of course, sunglasses with UV protection are also essential to protect our eyes from the Sun’s rays.
In addition, we must take into account the time of day that we are going to practice sport, we should avoid the Central hours of the day, the ideal would be to go out before 10:00 or after 17:00 when the intensity of UV rays is less. Altitude, whenever we got 300 m solar radiation increases by 4%. On cloudy days, we have to protect ourselves as well, since the clouds do not prevent the passage of UV rays. If we went out to ride near the sea care as there are surfaces that reflect more radiation, here we use an extra sunscreen.
Most importantly, be consistent and use them at all times, not just once a day, since the ideal would be to go to apply guard every two hours. So we will get a more healthy, youthful skin, avoid burns and prevent skin cancer.
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Do not forget the protection of your skin for maximum performance!