The beach is the place where most people get sunburn every year. Getting sunburn can lead to a lot of skin problems like skin rashes, skin cancer and cataracts. To prevent this from happening, you can take the following 6 safety steps to protect your skin during a hot day at the beach.
- Apply SPF 30+ Sunscreen
You should apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 if you plan to go to the beach at the time when the sun is hot. Sunscreen with UVA or broad spectrum protection can can protect you from the ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B emitted from the sun. It must be applied on all areas of your body that are exposed including nose, cheek, neck, bald part of the head, hand and feet. Even when it is cloudy, you must still apply the sunscreen as there remain the damaging UV rays.
Every two hour, you should reapply with 2 ounce of sunscreen, which is roughly the size of 2 ping pong balls. A small tube is only sufficient for one day on the beach. It is important that you don’t use a sunscreen that is purchased from the previous year. This is because it will lose its effectiveness over time and result in damages on the skin. If you decide to go snorkeling, you should wear a water resistant sunscreen so that your skin is protect from the sun even when you are under the water.
- Wear the Right Clothing
The type of clothing you wear can also affect how much sunburn you will get. Ideally, the clothing should be thick to prevent the sunlight from penetrating through and reach your skin. Using Sun Guard to wash your clothes can add an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 30.
- Wear a Hat
Besides, you can wear a dark color hat with brim all way around to protect your head scalp and face from getting sunburn. Tightly woven hat is the best for protection against the sun. Strawhat is not the best option as it has holes that the sunlight can penetrate through.
- Wear Sunglasses
Wearing wrap around sunglasses can give your eyes UV protection from all sides. Many sunglasses sold in the US offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from getting hurt when you look at the sky.
- Get a Beach Umbrella and Deck Chair
It is also recommended that you get a big beach umbrella to provide shade for you when relaxing on the sand. Small umbrella may not be able to provide amble shade. Getting a deck chair can protect your buttock from being burned by the hot sand.
- Sun Reflection from the Water and Sand
The ocean water and the sand on the shore are the two areas that get the most sun rays. Therefore, when standing near the water, you must be careful as the sun can reflect on you and cause you to get a serious sunburn. You should also watch out the sun that reflect from the sand on the shore.
- Drink Lots of Water
In addition, you must not forget to drink lots of water to rehydrate your body. When in the sun, you will sweat and lots of fluid will be lost from your body. It is always best to bring your own drinking water as there may not be any vendor selling water near the beach.