Cricket is an outdoor sport where cricketers are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The sun’s harmful rays can cause significant damage to the exposed body parts of cricketers.
Use a sunscreen designed for your sport.
Not all sunscreens are the same and you should choose a sunscreen that best suits the sport you play.
SPF Factor is critical.
Use an SPF50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen as this will give you the best protection against UVA and UVB rays.
There are three types of UV radiation, categorised by wavelength: UVA, UVB and UVC.
- UVA can cause sunburn, DNA (cell) damage in the skin and skin cancer.
- UVB causes skin damage and skin cancer. Ozone stops most UVB from reaching the earth’s surface, about 15% is transmitted.
- UVC is the most dangerous type of UV. Ozone in the atmosphere absorbs all UVC and it does not reach the earth’s surface.
If your sunscreen does not display “Broad Spectrum” on the tube, then it is likely it will not have the appropriate protection against UVA rays.
Don’t let sunscreens impact your performance.
You need a sunscreen that rubs into your skin easily and does not leave a greasy white film. If sunscreen is left on our skin, it is more likely dirt or dust will attach more easily and be more difficult to remove. You should also choose a sunscreen that has very little odour. Some sunscreens with a strong odour can attract insects which could be a distraction while you are playing. Most importantly, your sunscreen should not leave a greasy residue on your hands. This can impact your performance when batting, bowling or fielding.