The Importance of Sun Protection: Sunscreen & More
When the weather starts to get nicer and the sun comes out, many people want to spend more time outside. This is great, but it’s important to remember that the sun can be harmful if you’re not careful. Sunscreen is one of the most important things you can use when spending time in the sun, but there are other ways to protect yourself too. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of sunscreen and other methods of sun protection.
Why is sunscreen and sun protection important?
It’s crucial to shield your skin from ultraviolet light all year long. UV rays from the sun can’t be seen by the naked eye, but contain radiation that can be dangerous when one is overexposed. UV rays are also used in tanning beds and sunlamps. If left unprotected, over time, they can damage skin cells and increase your risk for skin cancer or other diseases. That’s why it’s important to take precautions all year round, not just during summertime.
Methods Of Sun Protection
These are some of the most effective ways you can protect your skin from the sun.
By applying sunscreen before you go outside, you can create a barrier between your skin and the sun’s UV rays. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. And remember, it’s not just your face that needs protection – don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, chest, hands, and any other exposed areas.
In Hawaii, using reef-safe sunscreen is required by law to protect our natural habitats and prevent our beautiful coral reefs from bleaching by the harmful chemicals in some sunscreens. All sunscreen sold in Hawaii should be reef-safe, but always opt for mineral-based sunscreen for extra precautions.
Limiting Sun Exposure
When spending time outdoors, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is to find a shady spot. Trees, umbrellas, and tents can all provide relief from the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays.
Clothing & Accessories
Though sunscreen is always great to use, another great way to avoid sun exposure is by using clothing and accessories. Hats, sunglasses, and clothing that are certified in protecting from UV rays are all great ways to avoid sun exposure.
You can find UPF 50+ clothing which means it will block out 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, normal clothes only have a UPF of 5-7. Wearing light long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or even long skirts can help prevent sunlight from reaching your skin. Though you might get a little hot, it’ll be worth it when you don’t have to worry about getting sunburned later on!
One thing to keep in mind is that regular wet clothing provides less UV protection than dry clothing.
Sunburn & Hawaii
Traveling to tropical destinations such as Hawaii can be a wonderful experience. However, it is important to remember that the sun will be more intense in these regions and that you may be more prone to sunburn. This is because the Hawaiian islands are located closer to the equator, where the sun’s rays are more direct. As a result, you will need to take extra care to protect your skin from the sun. Be sure to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, wear protective clothing, and limit your time in the sun.
Enjoy The Sun With Surf N Sea!
Surf n Sea Hawaii is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day. Pack your sunscreen and come prepared to have a blast. We’ve got plenty of activities to keep you busy, including stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. Whatever you have in mind, we can help you!