Let’s be honest … being out in the sun just feels good! Those warming rays soothe and relax us, which is probably one of the biggest reasons why so many people prefer beach getaways to any other vacation experience! And while getting some sun can actually be healthy for you, getting too much sun can lead to lasting skin damage and skin cancer. In fact, more than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
So how do you protect yourself and your loved ones and still enjoy a day at the beach or by the pool? Just follow these easy-to-use sun safety tips and you’ll be able to enjoy a sunny day outdoors while keeping your skin out of the burn zone!
Use Lots of Sunscreen
For a day in or on the water, make sure to use a water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 to protect against damaging ultraviolet rays. Make sure it offers broad-spectrum protection that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. And don’t wait until you get to the beach to apply it; slather it on a full 30 minutes before you arrive, so it has time to bind to your skin. You may even want to apply it before putting on your swimsuit, to ensure you don’t miss any spots.
And don’t forget to apply it to your ears, tops of your feet, and the top of your head if your hair is thinning.
Do it again…and again, and again.
Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating in the heat. Typically, a full day of effective skin care protection at the beach requires at least four applications of sunscreen.
A broad-brimmed hat can help protect your face, nose, ears and eyes from harmful rays. Sunglasses are a must, but make sure they filter out 99 to 100 percent of UV radiation. And when you’re not swimming, cover up with a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, and don’t forget to pack a beach umbrella–and yes, some come with a UPF rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Aim for a rating of 30 or higher.
Avoid Peak Hours
The summer sun’s intensity peaks from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., so consider an earlier or later beach visit–the earlier (or later) you go, the smaller the crowds (and traffic). Try an earlier stay from 8 a.m. until noon, or a later stay from 3 to 7 p.m.
By following these simple tips, you can help reduce your risk of skin damage, and keep your skin looking younger and healthier all year long!