Skin Care

Preventing Sun Damage While Boating

The summer months are upon us, and taking care of your skin is important while having fun in the sun. However, preventing sun damage can be difficult if you go out boating. Boating can result in hours of direct sun exposure with very little shade or protection. That being said, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy boating while also keeping your skin safe. Let’s explore how to prevent sun damage while boating and general sun safety tips.

Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the golden standard of sun protection. Sunscreen reflects and absorbs damaging UV rays from the sun. 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen is considered the minimum for effective protection. However, when you’re out on the water, you will need to be aware of sunscreen loss. Sunscreen is often resistant to sweat and water, but it will eventually wear off. It is recommended that you reapply sunscreen every two hours for proper protection.

Wear Protective Clothing

There are other ways to protect yourself from the sun as well. Protective clothing can provide a physical barrier between your skin and UV radiation. Long sleeve shirts, pants, glasses, and wide-brimmed hats are great ways to keep the sun off your skin. It’s recommended that any protective clothing be lightweight and loose. That way, you don’t overheat in the summer sun.

Purchase a Boat Canopy

Normally, it’s recommended to stay in the shade when you can. However, there is rarely any shade available on a boat. Purchasing a boat canopy could be a great way to block out the sun. Boat canopies are covers that attach to the boat like a standing tent. They can provide a physical barrier from the sun without having to wear protective clothing. This is a great choice for when you’re resting and don’t want to reapply your sunscreen. It’s also an excellent way to stay cool.

Treating Sun Damage

Even with these sun protection tips, sun damage is bound to happen occasionally. That’s why our team at Florida West Coast Skin and Cancer Center provides sun damage treatments to get your skin back on track. Our team of doctors all have one thing in common, expertise and passion for skincare. If your skin has been sun damaged, contact Florida West Coast Skin and Cancer Center at 813-877-4811 today.

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