If you’re anything like me, then you enjoy spending time out on the golf course on the weekends. It can be a fantastic way to relax and just enjoy life. However, you better make sure your golf bag has sunscreen in it. If you think incorporating any old sunscreen will do, well, you’re wrong.
Which Sunscreen Is Best For Playing Golf?
There are far too many sunscreens out there that don’t provide enough protection from UV rays. The ultraviolet rays can be extremely hazardous to your body and can put your body at further risk of getting cancer. You need to know which sunscreens are best equipped to help you block those nasty UV rays.
Before I get into the specific products, I want you to be able to understand all the different types of sunscreen that are on the market today. According to Golf Digest, there are two types of sunscreens that exist. One type of sunscreen typically contains ingredients that are mineral-based. The ingredients help physically block the UV rays and protect your body in a blanket like fashion. Another type of sunscreen is that which contains “an active chemical ingredient that replaces the role of the blanket,” according to Golf Digest.
The most effective sunscreens to use when golfing are those that physically block the UV rays. Those products contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide. I should probably mention that some chemical blockers are actually bad for you. They aren’t horrible, but some can be harmful if used too often. For example, sunscreens that contain oxybenzone should be left on the shelf and not in your golf bag or on your skin. The ingredient is known to cause issues, specifically, reproductive issues and it can also really irritate your skin.
Another important thing to be on the lookout for is SPF 50+. Using sunscreen that contains SPF 50 or above is not necessary. Reason being, the effectiveness is misleading because it simply will not last long enough to warrant use of SPF that high.
What’s also important is that a golfer finds a sunscreen that can be easily applied and that spreads easily. You want something that is going to last a few hours and that can stand up to sweat. Lotions are recommended over sprays.
You don’t need to break the bank for a good sunscreen. A good sunscreen product may cost between $10 and $25 which will last you a significant number of rounds of golf. Don’t forgo the use. Treat your skin and body well for a few extra dollars and you’ll be able to continue to enjoy playing golf for years to come.