There are few things more exciting than an upcoming vacation to one of the world’s most sought after destinations, Destin. Between having a day of watersports, dolphin tours, or bay fishing, there are tons of enjoyable activities you can do to have some fun in the sun in this little area of the world.
You may have already packed stuff like your swimsuit and comfy sandals, but did you remember to pack the absolute bare essentials for any Florida trip?
We’re talking about your sun safety gear.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but you cannot overlook sun protection. Skin cancer is the most common cancer, not only in the US, but worldwide. Sunburns aren’t a harmless remembrance of your vacation and having five or more sunburns doubles your risk of melanoma.
However, you can enjoy your day in the sun without worrying about this disease. Here are some sun safety tips to keep in mind.
Use Sunscreen and Remember to Reapply
According to the CDC, you should protect your skin from UV rays whenever you go out, and not just during the summer. One of the best ways to defend against UV rays is by applying sunscreen. It’s even more crucial to use sunscreen if you’re spending some time in the water, since UV rays can reflect off the water surface.
Put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can block both UVA and UVB rays. It’s better if it has an SPF rating of 15 and above. Apply liberally on all exposed skin and get assistance for hard-to-reach places like your back.
Sunscreen does wear off, so remember to apply again after every two hours, or after swimming, toweling off water or sweat.
Wear Sun Safety Gear
Even if it’s not your style, wear a hat if you can help it. A hat that can provide shade around the entirety of your head and neck is the best to wear.
Grab a pair of sunglasses before you go out in the sun. Most sunglasses that you can buy in the US will guard against both UVA and UVB rays, even the cheap ones. Of course, you can splurge on some designer sunglasses if you wish.
Wearing clothing that can cover most of your skin is your best bet against UV rays, but long-sleeved shirts aren’t exactly beach-appropriate attire. If this type of clothing isn’t practical, just put on some dry clothes with darker colors whenever possible.
Shade is Your Friend
If you can find one, take refuge under the shade whenever the sun is out. Stay in the shade of a tent, an umbrella, or under a tree. While sunscreen and protective clothing are still your best options, shade does a fine job to help you avoid sunburn treatment.
Limit the amount of time that the sun’s rays are touching your skin, especially during the hours between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Use the “shadow rule.” If you see that your shadow is shorter than you, then the sun’s rays are at the peak intensity, and you should find shade.
Follow These Sun Safety Guidelines for a Worry-Free Vacation
Before you take on the brilliant, but sometimes harsh Florida sun, always keep these sun safety tips in mind. Not only can you avoid looking like a lobster, but you’ll also have a lower risk of developing a deadly disease.
With that out of the way, enjoy your vacation to the fullest by visiting us at Sunshine Watersports here in Destin, Florida. From fishing to snorkeling, we’ve got all sorts of fun activities lined up for you.
Contact us to book now.