Sun Protection 101

Sunshine, it’s what we live for here on Emerald Isle! Unfortunately these days, its damaging effects on our fragile skin & eyes are all too known. The sun’s intensity seems to grow more powerful as each year passes, making it all the more important to protect yourself and family. I understand you may not want to hear my lecture about sun safety, but seriously, heed my words people, this is no joke! You will get burned, it will hurt, there will probably be some tears…

Take it from me, nothing will ruin your vacation quicker than catching a wicked sunburn on the second day of your trip. (A bad burn put me in the E.R. a few years back… I know about these things!) The pain you’ll suffer with during the rest of the week will be a reminder of every bad choice you’ve ever made in your life. Yes, of course there are topical products to help cool the burn, but those won’t change your ghastly new lobster look. Oh, and all that peeling skin… sign me up, not! Seriously folks, we’re adults now. Let’s practice some self-care!

Sun Babies, Not Sunburned Babies

Anyone excited for a few sleepless nights? That’s another joy of sunburn you’ll enjoy, especially if you allow the little ones to get crispy. Kids don’t know anything besides sandcastles and waves, so make absolutely sure to cover them well. They want to enjoy their vacation pain-free, too. When I say protection, I really mean it. I’m talking UV clothing, hats, and lotion on any exposed body parts, including their ears and tops of their little feet (remember to do yourself, too.) Avoid the anguish of it all and take simple precautions to keep that skin safe!

Your children are not sea lion pups… cover them up!

The Burn: It’s not even cute…

…Neither is a smear of lotion across your nose. There are, however, modern & more sufficient methods of sun protection. Consider the options! What exactly are the options? Well, that brings us to the most important question of your beach vacation. How exactly do you protect yourself and still enjoy your fun in the sun? Let’s explore the options, shall we?

Yea, it is that serious…

Clothing is your friend on a sunny day. Period. Nowadays, there are fashionable and effective UV blocking clothes to keep you covered while still looking beach-savvy. Sun-related skin damage is completely preventable, and you can look great while protecting yourself. UV Skins has taken sun protection to the next level, offering 50+UPF apparel for the entire family. Swim shirts, cover-ups, and clothing for the kids are just a snippet of their selection. There are many companies offering UV protective clothing, so take a look and gear up!

Remember to protect the tops of your feet and ears also!

It Puts the Lotion on the Skin…

So, anyone who knows that reference knows that you’d better put the lotion on the skin… but with so many products out on the store shelves, it’s hard to know which are the best (and safest) sunscreens for your family. Let’s start with reading some labels and avoiding sunscreens containing the following:
oxybenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octinoxate, octocrylene, avobenzone, dimethicone, parabens, BHT, nanoparticles, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, retinyl palmitate, cocamide dea, & phenoxyethanol.

Yes, it is a long list… but do you realize some of these chemicals and preservatives are hormone disruptors and carcinogens?! People cover themselves with whatever they grab off the shelf, with little or no regard to the toxins being absorbed into their skin. Let’s be safe, and smart… Look for products containing non-nano zinc oxide (or titanium dioxide)! And for goodness sake, apply your products evenly…

Word to the Wise

I bet he did’t say that after 5 hours in the sun…

I’m finished preaching. It is now your responsibility to keep yourselves safe from the hot, hot sun. Whether you chose safe sunscreens, UV protective clothing, or a combination, you’re doing something good for yourself and your family. Just like the ocean, the sun makes no promises to anyone. Have respect for these awesomely powerful natural forces and your next trip to Emerald Isle should be fantastic! Have fun, be safe, and as always…

Stay Salty!

Christine B.

Author: Christine Britten

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