May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!
Recreational golfers are at high risk of developing skin cancer
since every hour in the sun can expose you to 3.5 - 5.4 times the amount of UV radiation exposure needed to cause sunburn. It's not just the sun that makes golfing so dangerous; features on the golf course, like water in ponds and sand in sand traps, can reflect UV radiation back at you, so that it hits your skin a second time.
By scheduling an earlier or later tee time, before 10am or after 4pm, you can avoid the most intense sun hours. Also - wear UV protectant clothing, preferably a large brimmed hat or visor, sun sleeves, and UV blocking sunglasses.
Finally, be sure to have broad-spectrum sunscreen (a sports formula stick sunscreen is easy to carry) with you on the green so that you can "reapply every nine holes, or every two hours," as recommended by dermatologists. Remember to apply sunscreen to frequently overlooked spots, such as the scalp (there are sunscreens designed specifically for this area), your ears, and the backs of the hands. A lip balm with an SPF of 30+ will help protect your lips.
Shop our full selection of ladies golf sun sleeves, sun shirts, sun gloves, leg coolers and sun gaiters to keep you covered, cool, and protected all day in the sun.