As you are planning your upcoming vacation in the Caribbean, one of the things you are probably most looking forward to is basking in the famous Caribbean sun. Let’s face it: everyone has dreamed of laying on the famous white beaches of the Caribbean Islands, listening to the waves roll up onto shore, having a cocktail, and having no care in the world as the sun rays tan your skin and your body soaks in the much needed Vitamin D.
However, if you are not careful, the hot sun of the Caribbean can actually be very harmful. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, and some sun burns can be so severe that they cause lifelong problems. Therefore, as you prepare for your upcoming exciting dream vacation to the Caribbean Islands, no matter what island or islands they may be, it is very important that you also plan on taking the necessary precautions to keep your vacation fun and not harmful.
The first thing to remember is that sun exposure itself is not bad, however, excessive sun exposure without any covering can be extremely harmful to your skin health, and thus, your happiness. Since you are most likely going to the Caribbean to lay on the beach, let’s first talk about being safe on the beach. One of the easiest things that you can do to protect yourself is not lay on the beach directly under the sun when it is at its highest point, usually between 11AM-3PM. During this time you have the highest risk of getting an intense, and thus very painful and damaging sun burn. Besides, the beach is usually extremely crowded during these times, so if you are hoping to visit the beach when it is more quiet, visiting in the early mornings and late afternoons would also be more peaceful.
If you must lay on the beach during this time, try to find some kind of shade. Usually towards the back of beaches, especially at resorts, are lawn chairs situated beneath native trees. By choosing to lay in one of these, you will not only feel like you are on an island vacation, you will also be protecting yourself from the damaging rays of the sun.
The most important thing that you can do while you lay on the beach is wear sun screen. Although many people, especially women, are afraid that this will cause them not to tan, this is false. You can still tan without burning and damaging your skin. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that is not out of date, has an SPF above 35. Remember, if a sunscreen claims to have an SPF above 50, this is probably false, since all other levels above SPF 50 and almost identical to SPF 50, just claim to be higher in an attempt to sell more products. Ideally your screen should be PVA and Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) free. There are now plenty of titanium and zinc based products which are just as effective and possibly better for your long term health.
Many people forget to put on sunscreen if they are not laying on the beach, which is when some of the most damaging sunburns can occur. Anytime you are outside, you should have on sunscreen, especially if you are out during the peak sun hours of 11AM-3PM. You can look fashionable, too, while you protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunglasses that have SPF protection, a cute hat, and a cute bathing suit cover or shirt to best protect yourself against the sun.
As you plan your exciting, dream Caribbean vacation, do not forget to plan how you will protect yourself against the sun. You want your vacation to be as enjoyable as possible, and this will not happen if you have extreme sunburn or even sunstroke. So begin planning to protect yourself now!
While in the Caribbean you should always be having fun in the sun while staying safe.