Covering yourself with clothing and a hat is the best way to avoid sun exposure, but for the parts of your body that are uncovered, wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Prolonged exposure to UVB rays over many years can cause cataracts, a nasty disease that clouds the lenses of your eyes.
GUY GEAR: SUN PROTECTION WH AT’S HOT PATAGONIA SUNSHADE BROADBILL HAT SUNSCREEN “It’s nice to have a good-looking tan, but Bullfrog Quik Gel Sport you also have to think about your skin down Spray SPF 36 the road,” Lucas warns. ($12; www.boyslife.org/links/ The sun’s rays are broken into two types bullfrog) This spray-on sunscreen of ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. Both provides UVA/UVB protec- are harmful, but UVB rays burn your tion, is highly waterproof skin and cause most cases of skin and sweatproof, and dries cancer. Covering yourself with instantly. 4.7 oz. spray clothing and a hat is the best way bottle. to avoid sun exposure, but for the parts of your body that are un- covered, wear a sunscreen with a HATS sun protection factor (SPF) of at A hat can act as your least 15. own personal shade tree. All sunscreens are labeled with One with a four-inch brim regular baseball cap.” Baseball an SPF number. The higher the SPF, will reduce the sun expo- caps are ﬁne, but if you wear the longer your skin can last in the sure to your head, neck one, Lucas says you must re- sun before it burns (though most and face by up to 70 member to put sunscreen on spots a experts say anything over SPF 30 percent. For maximum hat won’t cover, like the tops of your ears, doesn’t add much protection). So if protection, look for a hat cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the back you normally burn in about 10 minutes, SPF made with UPF (the amount of ultraviolet light of your neck. 15 sunscreen will protect you for about 150 that penetrates fabric) of 15 or greater. minutes. “I always put sunscreen on first “A lot of guys I ﬁsh with wear Columbia Omni-Shade Bora Bora thing in the morning when it’s still dark out- sun hats, the ones with Booney ($25; www.boyslife.org/ side,” he says. “It’s important to put it the big rounded links/columbia) This is the on at least 20 minutes before your bills ,” L u c as classic booney-style hat skin is exposed to the sun. Then s ay s . “ T he y improved with UPF 50 I reapply it at least two times are good, but fabric, sweat-wicking throughout the day.” Apply plenty for me it ’s headband and tons of of lotion, and pay special attention just easier venting. to your face, ears and neck. Don’t to wear a forget the tops of your feet if you’re wearing ﬂip-ﬂops. The sun is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. COLUMBIA OMNI-SHADE Patagonia BORA BORA BOONEY At higher elevation, the sun is Sunshade Broadbill Hat even stronger. Water reﬂects ($35; www.boyslife.org/links/patagonia) almost 100 percent of UV radi-
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