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How to Protect Yourself From the Summer Sun

Whether at practice or meets swimmers are at higher risk for sunburns and skin cancer than other athletes. Here are a few ways to stay sun-safe year round.

  • Apply sunscreen- 30 SPF or higher- 20 minutes before getting into water.

  • Cover up- whether in the water or waiting on deck. Wear a long sleeve swim shirt, hat & sunglasses. Remember the water can reflect and intensify the suns rays.

  • Check your skin often.

  • Limit your time outside.

  • Cool shower or bath.

  • While your skin is still damp use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburn. Drink water to prevent dehydration caused by the burn.

  • Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling and discomfort

  • If your skin blisters it means you have a second-degree sunburn.

  • Do not pop the blisters, they form to help your skin heal and protect from infection.

  • Keep blisters clean by applying petroleum jelly to protect them while they heal.


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