It's Summer Sun Protection Time!
Before you go outside to enjoy all of your summer activities, check out these sun protection tips to avoid burning your skin, wrinkles and other issues from the dermatologist! Here is a picture of me in Polynesia (I have family that lives there). I am obviously serious about not bringing home sun damaged skin as I walk to the beach for a swim!
What is one rule of thumb when it comes to packing for the beach?
You need more than sunscreen for beach sun protection. Reflecting rays, water and wind will sandblast, wash and wear out your sunscreen’s protection.
Wear UPF 50 swim gear, create shade with a UPF 50 beach umbrella and wear a hat so your facial shade follows you around as you play and enjoy the beach.
Dress yourself and your family in long-sleeve swim rash guards that cover the tops of hands, too, when possible. They aren’t hot – trust me! When wet, the evaporation of moisture actually cools your skin. You’ll be more comfortable in the hot sun than all those people baking sunscreen-slathered skin in the hot sun.
Watch them sweat while you use evaporation and science to cool your skin!
What is your favorite beach product of all time (or this summer!)?
My favorite brand of UPF 50 swim gear is Coolibar. I’ve got beach cover-ups, rash guards and swim tights. With these items, I can spend two weeks on the equator at the beach and come home without any sun spots or skin leathering. Coolibar swim gear is made with fiber technology that protects your skin for as long as the garment lasts. Many UPF 50 fabric doesn’t... meaning you still think you're protected, but you aren't! I also love this bucket hat because the brim is adjustable so the hat doesn’t blow off. They are washable, too. For sun protection, your hat needs UPF 50 fabric that covers the top of your head and provides a full, 3-5 inch brim to create shade. This bucket hat is ideal.
When most of your skin surface is covered by UPF 50 fabric, it’s easy to keep up with sunscreen.
Remember, all exposed skin needs a hefty coat of SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen every two hours, AND after water exposure, AND after rubbing or wearing off sunscreen with frisky activities.
That’s a lot of sunscreen and a lot of work. Also remember, beach sunscreen needs to be marine ecosystem safe, and for that, I trust Raw Elements with their natural formulation of non-nano zinc and no reef nasties.
The Bottom Line on Sun Protection
For my beach vacations, I chose the easy route for skin health – AND it gives the best protection!
I use UPF 50 fabric that evaporates after getting wet and keeps me cool, mobile shade for my face with a sun hat to protect from UV-rays hitting me from above and Raw Elements Water resistant and reef-safe sunscreen on what little skin is exposed (face, ears, neck, back of my hands, and tops of my feet).
This is because as much as 75% of UV rays bounce up from sand and water, and hit your skin cells below.
Raw Elements and UPF 50 swim gear are good for me and good for the marine ecosystem.
Now, you can go and enjoy the summer sun!