Heading off to the beach for Spring Break? While sipping pina coladas and soaking up that ocean sun sounds relaxing and much needed, don’t forget to protect yourself from burning. Did you know that Melanoma is the deadliest form of cancer? “It is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease.” (Skin Car Foundation) That’s why it is extremely important to know the risks of sun exposure and how you can protect yourself.
First tip: Always wear sunscreen. At Air-Tan, we cannot preach enough about the importance of using a broad spectrum SPF higher than 30, especially while on vacation. Personally, I make sure to use 45 SPF when I’m at the beach. Make sure you are reapplying after swimming and even think about water-resistant sunscreens. However, you should always reapply after 40-80 minutes whether you’re getting wet or not. Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF lip balm too.
Second tip: Limit your exposure to the sun. When I head to the beach, I make sure to always rent beach chairs and a big umbrella. Limited UV contact is especially significant during the hours of 10am-4pm. “If you are unsure how strong the sun’s rays are, use the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are the strongest, and it’s important to protect yourself.” (American Cancer Society.)
Third tip: Cover up. Before heading to the beach, what girl doesn’t love a cute and flattering cover up? Remember, if you can see through it, you’re still getting UV exposure. “Many companies now make clothing that’s lightweight, comfortable, and protects against UV exposure even when wet. It tends to be more tightly woven, and some have special coatings to help absorb UV rays. These sun-protective clothes may have a label listing the UV protection factor (UPF) value (the level of protection the garment provides from the sun’s UV rays, on a scale from 15 to 50+). The higher the UPF, the higher the protection from UV rays.” (American Cancer Society.) Wearing a broad-rimmed hat and sunglasses will also limit sun exposure and protect your eyes.
Finally, remember that the “base tan,” is a myth. Using a tanning bed before going on vacation will not protect you from getting sunburn. The only safe tan is an Air-Tan. While we want you to have the most amazing Spring Break, we also want to make sure you’re protecting yourself. Because our Air-Tan solution does NOT have any SPF, remember to always wear sunscreen, limit sun exposure, and cover up.
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