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.
- 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.
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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