Caucasians are more prone to sunburns than suntans. While tanning can lead to premature aging of the skin, sunburn is infinitely more dangerous. A bad sunburn can cause redness of the skin, swelling, pain and blisters on the surface of the skin.
Frequent sunburns are also associated with a higher risk of skin cancer. The summers are a time when millions of people all over the world hit the beaches in their skimpiest swimsuits to soak up the sun.
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While it is ok to flaunt your beach body, getting a nasty sunburn can cause you acute discomfort and prolonged recovery. Here are some ways to avoid getting sunburn while enjoying a day at the beach.
Ways To Prevent A Sunburn
Stay Away From the Sun During Peak Hours
No matter in which part of the world you are, the sun will always be at its hottest during a particular time of the day. It is prudent to stay away from the sun during peak sunlight hours.
The hottest hours are between 10 am and 3 pm. If you cannot resist the water, take shorter dips. Sit in a well-ventilated and shaded spot, which gives you enough protection from the sun.
There is not much you can do when it comes to covering up the body especially if you are wearing a super hot bikini but you can definitely take preventive steps by using large sun hats, flip-flops for your feet and humungous beach umbrellas. If you do not have one, rent one at the beach.
If you have soaked up enough sun, prevent further damage by wearing a long sleeved shirt and a sarong. This will prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating deep into your skin.
Sunscreen is a Saviour
Sunscreen is probably one of the biggest protecting factors against a suntan or sunburn. Wear a sunscreen when you are stepping out in the sun. Choose waterproof sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 30. Anything below that will not serve your purpose.
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Keep reapplying the sunscreen after every 2-3 hours or after you have taken a dip in the water. While sunscreen will not give foolproof protection, it goes a long way in preventing acute skin damage.
Do Not Purposefully Tan
You will see plenty of people at the beach who purposely bare their bodies for a tan. The tanned, bronzed look is very popular amongst beach goers but this is also risky.
If your skin is very sensitive, even an extra hour in the sun can cause your skin to be sun burnt. Some people are also known to doze off and wake up to a horrible sunburn. Avoid tanning yourself for prolonged periods.
Beware of Cloudy Days
Cloudy days can be extremely deceptive as most people are under the notion that you cannot burn on a cloudy day. However, the skin can also be severely burnt on a cloudy day. Take precautions, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
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Your lips are also prone to burning and tanning. Always wear protective lip balms, which have an SPF in them.