We all want to enjoy the sunny beach all summer long, but most of us are ending up trying to avoid the sun as much as possible, for fear of either of severe sunburns, or of our skin color turning much darker than we had hoped for! It is important to know that while getting a tan may be look good temporarily, it can also have some serious short-run and long-run side effects. Too much sun exposure will cause premature aging, loss of elasticity, damage to the eyes and in some severe cases can even be a cause of skin cancer. Shor-term effects include redness, swelling, itchiness, headaches and can cause the body to get physically ill.
To help with this dilemma, we have come up for you with some major tips to stay protected against the harmful sun beams.
First, you need to calculate how much UV light you are being exposed to by using the shadow rule. This is when you look at the length of your shadow to know. If your shadow is longer than you, then you are being exposed to a lower level of UV light. If it’s shorter, then your exposure is high and you need to take extra care!
Use higher SPF levels of sunscreen (Or tanning oil with a high SPF level). A 15 SPF level blocks out around 93% percent of UV light, so you need to go for even higher levels.
Wear tighter clothing to block out the harmful rays.
Beach gear like beach hats with wider rims, will not only be a great source of protection for your face, ears, skin and neck, but also look pretty cool and are very fashionable nowadays!
Last but not least, always remember to stay hydrated. Water and fruits are always your best friend at the beach!
Choosing the best timing to enjoy the beach is an important factor as well, since the sun rays are most intense from specific periods usually between 10 am to 4 PM. However these timings differ from place to place so make sure you know when is the best time to hit beach wherever you are.
The sun is not really an enemy, and let’s face it, it’s good for the soul! Just make sure to take precautionary steps and avoid getting too much of it, and there should be no reason not to enjoy a long day at the beach.