Are you someone who adores spending time by the sea? If so, you’re not on your own, as millions of Americans head to the coast during good weather to soak up the sun and enjoy the boost of Vitamin D and the general atmosphere. However, one thing you have to remember when enjoying this popular pastime is that Australian sunscreen should be worn at all times.
Understanding when and how it’s used is central to keeping your skin safe when outside, and that’s a subject we tackle here. We’ve put this short guide together to allow you to understand better how to avoid sunburn by making the errors that many do in this regard.
Staying Protected at the Beach With Australian Sunscreen
No one wants their beach time to be affected by an oversight when putting on Australian sunscreen, so if you follow these guidelines, you should be fine.
Use an SPF of At Least 30
You’ll find a variety of sunscreen options on the market that are denoted by a range of different sun protection factor (SPF) ratings. They’re typically found between an SPF 15 up to SPF 100, but it’s best to choose at least an SPF 30 to get adequate coverage.
30 Minutes Before Going Out
When using a chemical sunscreen, it needs to be absorbed to protect you properly, which means you should be putting it on at least 30 minutes before you head out into the sun. Mineral sunscreen, however, works straight away, so it’s not a problem it gives you – one of the many reasons this type of product is favored by more people every year.
Reapply It Every 2 Hours (Without Fail)
Whether you’re using mineral or chemical sunscreen, it needs to be reapplied every two hours without fail during the time you spend outside. 2 hours is the maximum amount of time sunscreens can withstand the barrage of UV rays, so periodic replenishment is vital to avoid sun damage.
Also, Wear Protective Clothing
Sunscreen is a great start when it comes to sun protection, but it’s only going to protect you so much. This is why you should combine its use with protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. There are garments out there that are specially designed for this purpose, but any light-colored loose t-shirts should do the job just fine.
Use Shade Where You Can
Even when you’re wearing clothes and sunscreen, it can get pretty hot during the most intense sunshine hours (between 10 am to 4 pm), so you should seek shade under trees/parasols and shades to protect yourself. When the sun starts to sit lower in the sky, you can go back out, and you’ll be safer.
Keep a Bottle of Water Close By
While staying hydrated won’t stop sunburn, it does make your skin more resilient and better able to stand up to free radicals and UV rays. Also, if you do happen to get burned, it will help you recover more quickly and prevent you from suffering from the misery of sunstroke.
Complement Australian Sunscreen By Doing the Right Things
If you want to stay safe while you’re enjoying the sand and surf, the good news is that doing so isn’t particularly complicated – as we’ve seen here. Just remember that sunscreen is not the only thing to think about, and consider what time of day you’re outside. You should find it easier to safeguard yourself and your family in the way that’s needed.
By complementing your sunscreen, you put a formidable barrier between you and the sun, meaning you won’t ruin your fun and have to reach for the aloe vera after sun when the nighttime comes.