Runners have a lot of numbers swimming around in their heads. The number of miles run per workout, the number of minutes it takes to run those miles, the seconds needed to shave off those minutes per miles to beat the last 5K, 10K, 15K race completed... But I heard some numbers today that made me stop in my tracks.
1 in 30 Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime.
I'm at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in New Orleans, LA this weekend, hanging out with dermatologists who want to spread the message: Sunscreen saves skin.
You may not think of smearing on SPF in February, but we all should. Unlike UVB-rays (the burn givers), UVA-rays (the wrinkle makers) don't become weaker in the winter—in fact, they're the same strength all year long. And since all UV-rays contribute to the cellular damage that can lead to cancer, you can't take a break from protecting your skin.
Next time you're bundling up for a run outside, think of your poor little exposed face and slap on the sunscreen. I know I will.