How to Protect Your Skin From the Cabo Sun This Summer
The sun is like a double-edged sword. On one side, we need sunlight for our health and wellbeing. Although, on the other side, too much sun exposure can leave you with burns and even more severe health consequences.
Dangerous and long exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to the skin and body, causing premature aging, skin cancers, burns, skin peeling, and immune system suppression.
With thoughtful and precautionary skin protection habits, you can enjoy your time in the sun without worry. Take care of your skin this summer with these tips:
Avoid the sun during peak hours
An effective way to protect the skin in the summer is to avoid the sun when it is at its peak. These are usually mid-day hours when the sun is the brightest and hottest. The best times for sun exposure are in the morning hours before noon, and then in the early evening when the sun is not at its peak in the noon sky.
You will still be able to soak up all that good Vitamin D and be able to get tan in those milder hours. Harsh exposure to the sun does more bad than good. Daily exposure to the sun during gentler sun times is better than a day or two of long exposure during peak times in the sun.
Find palapas, use umbrellas, wear hats, and anything that brings shade
If you find yourself in the sun at peak hours or for prolonged periods of time, finding a good shade source will give your body and skin some reprieve from the UV rays. This could be under the shade of a tree, umbrellas, canopies, or tents. Wearing large hats with a wide brim keep the sun from hitting your face, your head, and your upper body as well.
There isn’t evidence that water can prevent sun damage, however, it can help burns heal faster from the sun. It’s also imperative to stay hydrated while in the sun and afterwards to prevent overheating and sun stroke. Water replenishes electrolytes and fluids you might have lost while soaking up those rays. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you on a day at the beach or any other time when you will be spending long periods of time in the sun.
Keep in mind the water’s reflection
Speaking of water, remember that water is reflective, so you are more prone to get sun burned while swimming, surfing, boating, or near water because of the UV rays reflecting from off the water. Be extra mindful and careful in and around the water and implement as many sun protection practices as possible.
Wear clothing that covers skin
Covering your skin in layers acts as a natural sunscreen against the sun. Even while at the beach or pool, a light coverup to wear when you’re not in the water or sunbathing can add a protective layer for your skin. Light colors are best, as dark colors will retain heat while light colors reflect the heat away from you.
And lastly, wearing sunscreen, no matter what you’re doing on a summer’s day, is essential. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fun day at the beach in Cabo San Lucas, or a simple and quick stop at our store nearby at California Ranch Market, daily sunscreen application is imperative for healthy and youthful skin.
California Ranch Market has several sunscreen options, and we make it easy to pick the right one for your skin protection needs. An SPF between 30-50 is all you need, with intermittent reapplications throughout the day and after water exposure.
Sun protection makes summer fun
It’s important to take these precautions to avoid damage and injury caused by long exposure to the sun’s rays, so you can have peace of mind as you soak up the sun and enjoy your summer!