Thursday, August 16, 2012

Long Shadows at the Beach and Sun Burn

sunburned skin
The best way to prevent a sunburn is to apply a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to allow the sunscreen to bind with the proteins in your skin. 

For more sunburn protection at the beach, look at the shadows. Go to the beach when the shadows get long. The shadows start to get long at around 4:00 on a summer day. The UVB B burning rays are more scattered by the ozone layer when shadows are long than when the sun is directly overhead when the shadows are short. The UVB B rays are not as strong when they are scattered reducing the risk of sunburn.


There are other protective shadows to look for on the beach.

The shady shadows from your beach umbrella also offer protection from the sun's rays.  But don't get overly confident because your are in the shade.  UV rays still reflect from the sand and surf. 

Hide your face, neck and chest in the shadow of a wide 3 or 4 inch hat that is cloth or has a tight weave. 


Also, look for clothing with a high amount of pigment, not sheer white clothing, to absorb the UV rays before they reach the skin. 


You can wear hats and clothing the contains SPF for sunburn protection. Check out Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear


Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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