Spring break is fast approaching. You’ve booked your lodging, flights, and are anxiously awaiting packing up and taking off to break free from the norm for the week. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re headed to the beach or prepping to hit the slopes, it’s important to put sun safety at the top of your priority list!
Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to protecting your skin on vacation:
Did you know that most people only use about half the amount of sunscreen that they should be using? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Most adults need about 1 ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to fully cover their body. No matter what the SPF number, sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2 to 3 hours. This doesn’t only apply to those venturing to the beach either. Sand reflects about 25% of the sun's UV rays and snow reflects about 80% of the sun's UV rays. You can just as easily get a sunburn on a mountaintop as you can on a beach so it’s important to be protected!
Limit your time in the sun
When you’re on vacation and having fun, it’s easy to lose track of time. The latest research shows that the sun’s rays are most damaging from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you plan to be out during that time, remember to reapply sunscreen and try to limit your exposure time. Seek shade if available!
A wide-brimmed hat is a great choice for keeping your face protected from the sun. Sunglasses are a must as they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. If possible, wearing long pants and shirts when you’re outside is the best option. If you’re going to be swimming, sun-protective clothing like swim shirts are available to help keep you protected.
Making sure that you’re prepared when it comes to sun protection can make all the difference. Even one sunburn can increase your risk for developing skin cancer. If you have more questions about how to best protect yourself from harmful UV rays, please call us at 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment today!