Traveling in the summer generally means fun in the sun! We spend a lot more time in the sun when we’re on vacation compared to our normal day-to-day activities, which means it is important to ensure you are following the best sun-safety practices to have a sun safe vacation! Check out the tips below to learn more:
- Wear sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. The American Cancer Society recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and reapplying every 2 hours, especially after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Make sure to hit all the spots! Apply to your face, ears, neck, hands, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing.
- If you need to apply a bug repellent, sunscreen first, repellent second!
- When preparing for a vacation, consider purchasing sunscreens designed specifically for use on the face (these tend to be a lot more lightweight and less greasy) or makeup products that have a SPF component and can offer a little bit more protection.
- Pay close attention to kids and older adults, and apply sunscreen more often to them as their skin is more sensitive.
- Don’t forget your lips! Pick up a lip balm that has SPF in it as well!
- Carry and wear hats and sunglasses with UV protection as needed.
- If you are going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, consider wear clothing that covers more skin than a tank top (long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts). Many companies now make clothing that’s lightweight, comfortable, and protects against UV exposure.
- Sun safety isn’t all external! Make sure you stay hydrated with plenty of water and be on the lookout for early symptoms of a heat stroke (confusion, loss of coordination, headache, or nausea and an elevated body temperature where the skin feels hot to the touch).