A simple sunburn can ruin your holiday. Think about it. One day overdoing it in the sun can cause severe pain & ruin those prized holiday snaps with lobster-red skin. Further to that, excessive sun over-exposure can lead to premature ageing & prolonged sun exposure increases the risk of developing cancer… not exactly the news you are looking for when booking your island holiday to paradise… that is of course if you do not take the necessary precautions.
The good thing is that understanding sun damage & sunblock is extremely easy & following some simple steps will protect your skin long-term and ensure you optimise your time on the island or beach for magnificent timeless memories.
The first key element to understand is the difference between UVA & UVB light:
You, of course, need protection from both.
Let’s start with the basics; SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is calculated by how long it takes for the skin to burn in the sun after it has been treated with the sunscreen, as compared to skin with no sunscreen. This means SPF 30 will protect your skin for longer that SPF 15, which in turn will protect your skin for longer than if it were unprotected. Get it?
Modern Sunblock products are available as broad-spectrum Sunblocks & this means they protect your skin from both UVA & UVB light. When in doubt, always choose a broad spectrum option.
Sunblock products are available in many sizes & forms: from sticks to creams to sprays & gels. Selection should be based on personal preference but always follow the guidelines for application.
The key criteria to look for in your choice of sunblock is between two options (each has pro’s & cons depending on your family's skin. i.e your personal selection may differ from your child or your toddler):
There you have it. The lowdown on ensuring you get the sun for the tan you want, while protecting the skin of both yourself & your family. Take advantage of the mornings & evening sundowners to get your healthy dose of Vitamin D that will bronze your beach body to perfection & protect yourself in the heat of the day.
We can’t wait to see you tanned-up on one of our gorgeous beaches.