UV (Ultraviolet) is an electromagnetic radiation measuring the sun’s power, reaching the earth’s surface. While the sun’s radiation is more at the equator, it can be intense at the beach due to reflection from the water.
But how do you know what UV levels are safe and when you should be extra cautious?
Understanding UV Levels
Sun rays reaching the earth and especially at the beach, contain UV radiation measured in milliwatts per square centimeter. The values range from zero upwards. The higher the number, the greater the protection you’ll need to avoid burning and other skin damage.
Generally, it’s best to take precautions if you’re out enjoying the beach with a UV index of 6+. That’s because your skin will start to burn more rapidly.
How To Protect Yourself Against UV At The Beach
You can protect yourself against UV radiation at the beach in several ways.
Use Sunscreen With An SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30
Sunscreen is an excellent product to prevent UV from burning your skin. While some view this discomfort as a normal part of the beach experience, it’s far from harmless. In fact, there’s no such thing as safe tanning.
UV with a 6+ index can cause skin damage if you’re not wearing sun protection. Apply sunblock before heading out and reapply as necessary throughout the day.
Wear A Beach Hat
UV at the beach can be pretty intense. Therefore, it’s essential to protect your face and eyes with a hat. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is another best way to keep the sun off of you when outside at the beach. It will provide shade for your face and neck area. It will also keep the sun out of your eyes.
While it might not seem like much, a hat can be the difference between having a fun day on the sand and getting sunburned on the face.
Wear Long-Sleeved Beach Shirt
While the white sand and the clear water are an inviting sight and very tempting to be completely free of clothing, the UV at the beach is not safe. A long-sleeved shirt made with lightweight material can be comfortable and stylish while providing protection.
A shirt is especially helpful for people with sensitive skin, protecting them from sunburns and the discomfort caused by UV. Also, a long-sleeved shirt can add a protective layer to your sunscreen application.
UV can be hazardous to your health whenever you are out on the beach without proper protection. Always remember to carry your essential beach essentials, like sunscreen and a hat. Also, ensure you stay hydrated to replenish your body’s fluids and enjoy your time safely! (1)
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