Summer is almost upon us, bringing plenty of opportunities for enjoying water activities and soaking up the sun in boating. Before you rummage in your closet for a bathing suit, look for something more critical: sunscreen.
While we are all up for having fun in the sun, we recommend doing it safely and healthily. Without sun protection, your skin will be exposed to UVA and UVB rays, which can burn and even cause skin cancer.
Let’s look at some tips on how to protect your skin in summer when boating:
Don’t Go Out Between the Hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
During these six hours, sun rays are at their strongest. So, boating is out of the question. We recommend rising early before sunrise and having a peaceful sail. The warm colors in the sky paint a mesmerizing picture, which will have you sighing with contentment.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
No need to cover yourself up entirely to look like a dweeb on the beach.
Did you know there’s such a thing as sun-protective clothing? The long-sleeved one-piece by Mara Hoffman has an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) of 50. It helps block around 98% of UV rays. It’s just a top that exposes your legs to the sun, so we recommend generously applying sunscreen on your legs and reapplying after two hours.
Put on a Hat
Your hat should have at least a 5-inch brim to shield your complete face from the sun. In all the fun, you might forget to reapply sunscreen, and that’s when your hat will act as a savior.
The sun’s glare is quite strong and prevents you from fully opening your eyes; this can be a great nuisance. So, buy a pair of sunglasses that blocks UV rays. They will protect the delicate skin around your eyes and prevent premature aging signs, such as wrinkles and spots.
Shade is not exactly at the top of anyone’s mind when going to the beach or boating. However, it’s important to consider it. You can easily find shades online in different styles, including boom awnings, Bimini tops, and enclosure curtains. If you opt for a fabric shade, ensure it is waterproof and resistant to mold and UV rays.
Once you are home from your boating trip, you must take a cool shower. It will remove all the sunscreen from your body and bring its temperature back to normal. Apply a moisturizer next and drink plenty of fluids to replace the water you lost.
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