When playing tennis, or any sport for that matter, that requires you to be out in the open, you must remember to protect your skin from the sun. You need to wear sunscreen especially if you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors playing. However, not just any sunscreen will do.
According to How Stuff Works, there are 5 criteria to choosing the right sunscreen.
1. HIGH SPF
Sun protection factor (SPF) is the key component of an effective sunscreen. SPF refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen will give you, or how much longer you can spend outdoors before you get sunburned compared to if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection the sunscreen provides.
2. BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION
The best sunscreens protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the dermis — the deepest layer of your skin. UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply but they are what cause your skin to burn. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles. Too much exposure to both of these types of ultraviolet rays can increase your skin cancer risk.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for labels that indicate that the brand has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage.
3. NO SWEAT
The last thing you want in the middle of a big game is to have your sunscreen drip into your eyes. Look for a sunscreen that’s labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant”. A water-resistant sunscreen will maintain its SPF for as long as 40 minutes underwater (unless you rub it off).
Even though you may still see sunscreens labeled “waterproof,” there really isn’t any such thing. No sunscreen can be entirely waterproof, because all of them will eventually wear off if you submerge your body in water for long enough. Water-resistant is the more accurate label.
4. SEAL OF APPROVAL
Look for sunscreen brands that carry these seals of approval:
The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation: This seal is given to products that help prevent “sun-induced damage to the skin”.
The American Academy of Dermatology has its own SEAL OF RECOGNITION that it grants to dermatologist-approved sunscreens with proven sun-protection benefits.
5. EASY TO USE
Sunscreens come in different varieties: lotions, creams, sticks and sprays. Choose the one that’s easiest for you to apply, especially one that’s easy to reapply when you’re in the middle of a game on the field, court or green. Sometimes a spray may seem easiest, but if it’s windy outside you may find that more sunscreen blows away than ends up on your body.
(Source: How Stuff Works)