Now that spring is officially here, many islanders are spending a day or two a week beachside. While this is perfectly understandable, it also carries the risk of extended exposure to the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Even if you were born and raised right here in Hawaii, sun protection still matters. Make sure you’re taking steps to protect your own as well as your family’s skin. These tips can help.
Apply a wide-spectrum SPF sunscreen. When purchasing sunscreen, make sure to choose SPF 30 or higher. Anything lower doesn’t provide adequate protection. And make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours to your arms, legs, face, ears, and any other part of your body that’s directly exposed to the sun.
Wear long, billowy clothing. If you don’t plan on swimming or surfing, go the extra mile and add an additional layer of protection for your skin. Wear long, billowy clothing or a wide-brimmed hat to block, or at least filter, the sun. This will lower your risk of wrinkles, sun spots, and other potential damage.
Stay hydrated. When spending more than an hour or two in the great outdoors, it’s crucial you stay hydrated. Not only will drinking plenty of water boost your energy level and prevent your skin from drying out, it will also lower your risk of heat stroke and other potential complications.