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Proper Sun Protection

The Sun

The sun is a powerful force to be reckoned with, especially during the dog days of summer. There have been many warnings about the dangers of the sun, including sun burns and skin cancer, but the sun, in small doses, can be good for you. It provides you with Vitamin D and even improves brain function.

The Skin Cancer Foundation acknowledges that being “active outdoors is an important part of a healthy lifestyle” but also knows that it is equally “important to protect ourselves from the sun before we head outdoors.”

Sun protection is vital when you are spending long days on the beach. The best way to enjoy being outdoors is by taking all the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe from the harmful rays of the sun so that you can instead maximize the benefits of the sun before it retreats for the winter.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends to protect yourself from the sun during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm, in the following ways:

Use Sunscreen Generously

It’s good practice these days to slather on the SPF before you even leave the house. Plenty of body and face moisturizers come with built-in SPF 30, so you can start the day with a layer of protection. Just be sure to apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside.

For extended outdoor sun exposure, like a day at the beach, don’t skimp on the sunscreen. If you’re planning on being in a bathing suit, apply sunscreen first. This helps to ensure that you won’t miss a spot after putting your suit on. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a “water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.” They also suggest reapplying every 2 hours or after a swim to avoid painful burns.

Take Cover Under Hats, Shades and Clothes

While it may seem counterintuitive when it is hot outside, adding high-UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) t-shirts or long sleeve rash guards to your beach wardrobe can help protect you from the sun. In order to maximize the protection, be sure to find items that are UPF-50+.

In addition, wide-brimmed hats and UVA and UVB sunglasses can not only help to protect you from the sun’s rays, but also prevent wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes from developing with age.

Create Your Own Shade With Beach Umbrellas

The best way to stay out of the sun on the beach is to create your own shade with a beach umbrella. Having your own private refuge from the hot summer sun can be just as refreshing as a dip in the ocean. It also provides some good shade to read a book on a tablet or Kindle. We recommend trying our Extreme Shade 8 ft. Shelter, which can not only be used as a beach umbrella, but also as a shelter for camping or sporting events.

My Shade Personal Beach Umbrella

To go the extra mile with your sun protection, choose an umbrella that also has UPF 50+ to block out the sun’s harmful rays. The Total Sun Block collection, which features the My Shade personal beach chair umbrella and the Total Sun Block Beach Shelter, has the technology to block 99.8% of both UVA and UVB rays, ensuring that you will be comfortable and safe during your time on the beach.

Total Sun Block Beach Shelter



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