4 Tips To Protecting Yourself from the Sun, Sea and Pool
Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to be breaking out those bikinis, flamingo floats and chic sunglasses. Whether you’re headed for a luxury beach vacation or simply spending your days poolside with a book, learn how to keep yourself sun-safe from top to toe and reduce the risk of sunburns and skin cancer.
Hair: Our hair follicles are made of specialized skin cells, and like normal skin cells, can be affected by UV rays. Damaged follicles can harm the overall health of your hair and even cause hair loss, and while you can apply certain products to treat your hair, you cannot reverse the effects of damaged hair (short of cutting everything off).
Prevent damage from even happening by wearing a large brimmed hat ideally in a dark colour to absorb some UV rays. If you are going into the water, you can even apply sunblock onto your hair. Simply warm up an appropriate amount in your hands and gently massage into your hair (like with other leave-on products).
We recommend: UltraMist UltraProtect Sunscreen Lotion SPF50 for its healthy blend of aloe and vitamins C & E, and easy spray-on application.
Skin: Skin cancer is one the leading causes of mortality, and it’s something you should take seriously whether you are an outdoor person or not. If you’re going to the beach or pool where UV rays are intensified as they reflect off sand and water, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunblock (UVA and UVB) with a minimum of SPF30 protection.
If you are going swimming, be sure to reapply every 2 hours even if you are using a water-resistant formula. No sunblock is 100% water-proof or immune to being rubbed off when you towel dry! A good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon for your face and neck, and 6 for the rest of your body.
We recommend: SunComfort SPF50+ continuous spray on sunblock, formulated to allow you to easily brush off sand and water-resistant properties.
Eyes: Yes, UV rays can damage our eyes too if we are not careful. A lack of sun protection can lead to vision loss, cataracts and even eye cancer, so be sure to protect your peepers. You should wear sunglasses as long as you head outdoors (even on cloudy days), but this holds doubly true if you’re heading to the beach or pool.
We recommend: Opt for sunglasses with UV protection-coated lenses. Look for labels that indicate as such, or check with the sales assistant. If there are no labels, you should assume that it doesn’t offer any protection. There is a misconception that darker lenses automatically protect your eyes, but the truth is the colour doesn’t make a difference as UV-protected lenses have a special coating that is invisible to our eyes.
Head-to-toe: Whenever possible, seek shade under a large umbrella or stay indoors, especially during the hours of 10am-4pm where the sun rays are the strongest. A good way to gauge the strength of the sun rays is to observe your shadow. The shorter your shadow, the stronger and more harmful the rays are. If possible, opt for clothing with UV protection and in darker colours, as they tend to absorb UV rays better.
Do note that even if you are in the shade, you should still apply sunblock as your skin is still exposed to UV radiation. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, opt for a sweat or water-resistant formula as you’ll be wiping away sunblock whenever you perspire!
We recommend: Protect&Hydrate Ultra Clear Mist SPF50+ spray on sunblock, formulated with hydrating vitamins C & E and aloe vera for around-the-clock moisture.