Greetings, fellow sun and sports enthusiasts! While most see me in our SOL LABS office or lab, or out interacting with our many vendors and customers, many don't know that on weekends, I’m an avid tennis player. The first time I played under the harsh midday sun, I returned with what I called my ‘lobster look.’ It was then that I delved deep into the science of sun protection, especially for us outdoor activity buffs.

The Real Deal with Sun Damage and Sports

Engaging in outdoor sports means heightened sun exposure. Studies from the Skin Cancer Foundation state that UVA rays (those silent, ageing ones) can increase by up to 50% when you're near reflective surfaces like water or even grassy fields. Couple that with the magnifying effect of sweat droplets and you're looking at a concentrated UV blast during your workouts.

The Non-Negotiables in Sunscreen for Athletes

From one sportsperson to another, when it comes to sunscreens, here's what's non-negotiable:

  • Broad-spectrum protection: Beyond the usual SPF rating, you want a product that covers both UVA and UVB rays. Did you know that SPF only measures UVB protection? UVA can be even more harmful, penetrating deeper into the skin and being a key player in skin ageing and wrinkling.

  • Water and sweat resistance: In a Journal of Dermatological Science study, sweat was found to decrease SPF protection. Hence, ensure your sunscreen can stand up to those rigorous sessions.

  • Quick absorption: During a triathlon in '18, I had a sunscreen that ran into my eyes. I had to pause, rinse, and lost valuable time. Lesson learned. You need a formula that stays put.

Why SOL LABS Stands Out

Experimenting with countless sunscreens (I have a shelf nicknamed ‘The Sunscreen Saga’), SOL LABS's blend is revolutionary. Here's why: It fuses sun protection with therapeutic skincare ingredients. Imagine getting antioxidant benefits, hydration, and UV protection from one product. Plus, its absence of the infamous white cast is just genius!

The Lowdown on Chemical-Free Sunscreens in Sports

We had a young swimmer customer who reacted severely to a chemical sunscreen. She had an exacerbated form of PMLE (Polymorphous Light Eruption). Switching her to a mineral-based sunscreen, like SOL LABS, made all the difference. It's not just about UV; it's also about what’s carrying that protection.

Therapeutic Ingredients: The Game-Changer

An American Academy of Dermatology publication highlighted how sun-stressed skin is thirsty for rejuvenation. SOL LABS's addition of therapeutic ingredients is a masterstroke. As you protect your skin, you're also actively repairing and nourishing it. It's like having a sports drink for your skin!

Key Takeaways for Sun-Smart Athletes

From my sunny escapades, here's gold-standard advice:

  • Consistent reapplication is key. The intensity of sports means you sweat or wipe off a lot of the product. Keep reapplying.

  • Accessorize with UV protection. My ball cap and sunglasses are as vital as my tennis racket. Equip yourself well.

  • Mind the odd spots. Ever had a sunburnt scalp or the back of your knees? I have, and it's not pleasant.

In wrapping up…

Sportspersons, as we chase our athletic dreams and adrenaline highs, let's prioritize our skin's health. And in the vast sea of sunscreens, SOL LABS emerges as a beacon. With it, you're not just playing; you're playing smart. Stay sun-safe!


SOL LABS Sunscreen, Sunscreen for Athletes, Best Sunscreen for Sports, Outdoor Sports Sun Protection, UVA UVB Protection Sports, Waterproof Sunscreen Sports, Natural Sun Protection Athletics, Athlete-Approved Sunscreens, Sweat-Resistant Sunscreen Guide, Sporty Sunblock Solutions, Sunscreen Recommendations for Outdoor Play, Chemical-Free Sports Sunscreen, Athlete Sunburn Prevention, Daily Sunscreen for Outdoor Enthusiasts, SOL LABS Sports Sun Care, Sunscreen Tips for Athletes, Endurance Sports Sunscreen, Sun Protection Guide for Outdoor Games, Dermatologist-Approved Sports Sunscreen, Sun Damage Prevention for Athletes

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.