8 Tips for Saving Yourself from a Sunburn While on the Water

We’d love for you to join us out on the water, but we would hate for your good times to be ruined by a bad case of sunburn. Here are a few tips to help you steer clear of those painful blisters.

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Wear a Hat

Although it is not the most beneficial strategy to use for the prevention of sunburn (when it is used alone), wearing a hat is a great start. Along with keeping the sun out of your eyes, protecting your vision, a good wide-brimmed hat can keep the sun from the skin on your face and neck.

Cover Up

This is a tricky tip due to the fact that covering up too much can lead to obvious discomfort in the form of excessive heat. However, find a way to cover your body in thin, loose-fitting clothing so that large areas of your skin will not be exposed to the sun.

Wear Light Clothing

When you are deciding what to pack for your stay here, we recommend you choose light colored clothing. That recommendation especially stands for those who are planning on spending a large number of their time in the sun while they are here. The reason for this is because darker colors absorb more sunlight than lighter ones and will nonetheless attract more heat.

Apply Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is one of the most popular forms of protection from the sun and its harmful UVA and UVB damage. Unfortunately, many people either do not use it, use too little, or do not reapply often enough. You should always apply sunscreen before going outdoors while reapply regularly.

Remember—activities such as swimming can remove sunscreen from the skin. Also, make sure that you are using AT LEAST SPF 15. The higher the SPF the more protection it contains. Lastly, make sure to check the expiration date.

Choose Good Times to Swim

Choosing the safest time to indulge in outdoor activities is another organic, yet extremely beneficial, way to protect yourself from sunburn. Try to limit excessive outdoor activites to the early morning or late evening to avoid crossing paths with the sun as much as possible. In fact, the sun is most harmful to us during the hours of 10 o’clock in the morning the 4 o’clock in the evening.

Protect Your Scalp

Your scalp is one of the most overlook parts of the body when discussing protection from the sun. The fact that we have hair often distracts us from the fact that we have skin directly under it that is not completely hidden from the sun. In fact, people with darker hair colors are actually more prone to sunburn due to light’s attraction to darker colors. In order to protect yourself from these conditions always wear a swim cap when in the water.

Do Not Drink Like a Fish

At our location, we do offer alcoholic beverages for those who are over the age of 21. We are happy to do so as long as our guests do so responsibly. One thing that all drinkers are responsible for is the awareness of their own hydration. In case you did not know, alcohol consumption dehydrates the body.

Because there is a lack of fluid in the system while drinking, drinkers are much more prone to sunburn. With that being said, it is very important for every drinker to be aware whether or not they are properly hydrated, have applied sunscreen, or are wearing the correct apparel before taking a drink.

Do Not Sleep in the Sun

Sleeping in the sun is one of the surest ways to leave your vacation with sunburnt skin. Sleeping in your cabin is recommended and typically more ideal, but, if sleeping outdoors is more relaxing please be sure to choose a place deep in the shade where you will not be affected by the sun’s movement.

By following these 8 tips you are sure to have an incredible time here at Shanty River Center. So, please be sure to pack the sunscreens, light colored clothing, and everything else on this list that you and your family deem necessary to bring along to ensure a safe and eventful vacation. We hope to see you soon.