For Sportbike Girls, skin safety comes in two forms: Protection from damage caused by the sun and protection from injury caused by the road.

Sun protection (from The Skin Cancer Foundation):

Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Learn how to protect yourself to stay safe.

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  • Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin.
  • Applying sunscreen daily is one simple step you can take towards being sun safe.
  • Clothing is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
  • We recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher .
  • Shade can provide protection from UV rays, but not all shade is equally protective.

Learn more at SkinCancer.org

Road protection (from Rock the Gear):

Road rash, the most common form of injury among motorcyclists involved in accidents, is also known as a friction burn. A friction burn occurs when skin is scraped off by contact with a hard object, usually the road. Because road rash is caused by a hard surface and the heat that builds up between that surface and your skin, it is almost always both an abrasion and a heat burn. About 70% of road rash injuries are 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

Brittany Morrow's Infamous Road Rash Scars

The aftermath of 3rd degree road rash.

Road rash is more than just a painful reminder. Moderate to severe burns can take weeks or even months to heal and are very susceptible to infection and complication. Motorcycle-specific apparel is designed to help prevent road rash in a crash.

  • Always wear motorcycle-specific apparel including helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and boots.
  • Newsflash! Long sleeve shirts, hoodies, leggings, jeans and even fashion leather are not protective equipment and will do nothing to help prevent abrasion injuries in even the smallest crash.
  • Apparel should be made of motorcycle crash-specific materials, commonly textile, leather or a combination of both, that act like a second skin.

Learn more at RocktheGear.org

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