Here are some of the most important tips and facts for sunburn prevention!
Most of us are guilty of soaking up a little too much sunshine while on vacation, and if you’ve been badly burnt, it can stop your fun and relaxation right in its tracks. Most of us don’t get the opportunity to get away too often, so the last thing you want to do is ruin your trip by nursing painful sunburn.
Here are some sunburn facts
Fact – The sun and strength of the UV rays here at The Riviera Maya are intense, this is because it is close to the equator. If you’re planning on spending time out on the water, the sun reflects off the crystal clear water and white sands, there’s no escaping it.
Fact – Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas – the most deadly skin cancer type. As the UV index is typically high here in Cancun, the skin burns quickly which can lead to irreversible damage.
Fact – You can develop skin cancer even if you have rarely been sunburnt. Skin cells are damaged from exposure to UV rays and overtime it can lead to skin damage. Sunburn severely damages the skin cells which can increase your risk of getting skin cancer.
Fact- You don’t need to deliberately spend time in the sun to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels. Most will get enough from their everyday outdoor activities.
Fact – Using sunscreen does not stop your body from making vitamin D.
Fact – Anyone can get skin cancer. While it is less common in those with darker skin, it can affect people with all skin types.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent getting sunburnt while away
Tip – Wear sunscreen
You must apply sunscreen often. In Cancun, it doesn’t take long for the sun to start burning the skin, especially for those who are fairer or don’t spend much time in such hot climates. To be safe, you should apply it every 2 hours even if it is a waterproof sunscreen that claims to provide two hours plus of protection, as sweating and being in the water can make it less effective. Look for one that offers broad SPF protection, the higher the better. Always apply it half an hour before getting in the water to ensure it doesn’t wash off.
Tip – Take respite in the shade rather than the sun
You’re on vacation, a little sunbaking can’t hurt, right? You need to ask yourself if it is worth the risk. You might be aiming for a sun-kissed glow, however, 10-15 minutes too long in the sun can see you red-raw and miserable for the next couple of days. Rather than sitting about in the sun all day, seek shade often. Remember, if you are out on the water, shade isn’t going to be enough to prevent you from getting sunburnt, as mentioned above, UV rays can bounce off the water and sand, which can see you getting burnt from the reflection. Aim to spend more time in the shade than out in the sun.
Tip – Wear a hat and sunglasses
Along with your sunscreen, you should be wearing a hat and sunglasses. UV rays can still burn your skin even when it is overcast, and it’s not just your skin that is vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet light. Your eyes can sustain damage if not protected adequately. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses can help cut down exposure. If you have children make sure they have a hat and sunglasses too.
Tip – Cover up
Whether you’re in the water or keeping dry, you should cover up to avoid getting sunburnt. When you are in the water, a long sleeve rash shirt with high SPF protection is recommended. When keeping dry, instead of sitting around in swimwear while relaxing, throw on an oversized beach shirt or alternative to cover up exposed areas of the skin.
Tip – Take extra caution if you’re taking medications
Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so if you are taking medications, have a chat with your doctor before heading away to ensure that your medication doesn’t have these side effects. Some types of medications include blood pressure medication, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and chemotherapy drugs. If your medication does make your skin more sensitive to the sun, it’s best to take extra precautions when you are on vacation to prevent potentially severe sunburn.
Tip – Set a reminder
You’re on holiday, you’re taking the day as it comes and so you should! If you can’t relax on vacation, when can you? Understandably, after a few margaritas, you may forget when you last put sunscreen on. So to ensure you’re not going to get burnt, set a reminder in your phone. Everyone can come together to reapply their sunscreen before getting back to whatever they were doing.
Being mindful of the sun when your out and about can help you stay protected and sunburn-free. As a charter company, we know first hand how many people come on board ready for a day of fun only to hop off red as a lobster. We always encourage sun safety when traveling with us and there is ample shade on board to avoid unnecessary and painful sunburn. If you’d like more information on our luxury yacht tours, get in touch with our friendly team here at Riviera Charters today.