We all love the sun, but the suns UV (ultraviolet) rays are sneaky. UV light is invisible and can reach you by reflecting off another surface, like pool water. In fact, they can even pass through glass, which is why most of us have more sun damage on the left side of our face from exposure while driving. Of course, we all love the sun and while at the beach we all look forward to sunny days. The sun is good for us and provides essential Vitamin D, so this week we explore all the ways to stay safe in the sun while still getting to enjoy all the Summer fun at Ocean Isle Beach!
Use Common Sense
Use common sense as your first line of defense. According to the FDA, over-reliance on sunscreen is a risk. Unfortunately, it’s easy to miss small patches of skin when applying sunscreen, which is enough to leave you at risk for sunburn and its associated long-term risks. The best move is to begin with common sense which is most of what we’ll be sharing, but always think in the back of your mind about how the sun is effecting you.
Tip: Sunscreen expires. Make sure you check your expiration dates regularly.
Long Sleeves Are Perfect
With the advent of new fabrics that are both cool and offer UV protection, there’s no reason not to try a long sleeve shirt when spending a day on the water or at the beach. Many fishing shirts are specifically designed to offer great protection against the reflective UV rays from the water.
Kids love to be cool and many new surf or rash guards also provide UV protection. This is really helpful for parents, as tangling with the little ones trying to slather on sunscreen isn’t super fun. Add a rash shirt to help keep the kids safe while they splash around in the surf.
Umbrellas Are Great
A little shade can go a long way. Go ahead and buy a good umbrella or rent one. If you have a bit of shade, you not only reduce the harmful effects of the sun, but you also can knock off a few degrees of the high temperature. This is a great way to protect the little ones and avoid heat exhaustion.
Don’t Forget About the Car
We all think about the sun and the beach, but it’s important to remember the car can be a dangerous place in the Summer. Never leave children or pets alone in the car! Cars quickly heat up to temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees. These temperatures are quickly fatal to both pets and humans. Be safe. If you need to run into the store, make sure one parent stays in the car with the air conditioning on. Park in the shade and stay aware of the high temperatures.
Watch the Time
There are times of the day that offer more exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun. If you have kids or are sensitive to the sun, then you might want to limit your time on the beach between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. which is when the sun is the strongest. Have no fear, the late afternoon is a great time to be on the beach and during the Summer it stays light out until at least 9 p.m.
A lot of people enjoy a ” cold one ” on the beach. However, you need to be careful not to over do it. Alcohol can actually cause you to dehydrate very quickly. So if you are going to partake, make sure to take it slow and continue to drink water throughout the day as well.
Stay Safe in the Sun This summer.
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