5 ways to stay cool on your Summer Vacation at the Beach!
Summer is here! The weather is great, and Gulf Shores is looking nice. It’s time to bust out your favorite swimsuit, rock shades you have, and get your tan on! But don’t go in unprotected. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. These tips will help you keep your cool out in the sun.
1. Get your SPF on!
No matter your complexion, you should always have some SPF protection! When you go out in the sun without protection, your skin is at risk from the harmful UV rays. Damage from the sun can lead to early on-set aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
To help prevent these effects be sure to pick the right sunscreen. Be sure to look for sunscreens that are broad spectrum. This means that it protects your skin from UVB rays that cause burns and UVA rays that cause early aging. Don’t forget to lather up! We sell sunblock at our One stop Fun Shop!
2. Lycopene. We want it all.
Lycopenes are your new best friends. Lycopene is an antioxidant-like carotenoid that gives red and pink fruits and veggies their bright color. It’s basically your skin’s natural SPF. Making foods like cooked tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon part of your weekly diet can actually reduce the amount of redness your skin may show after sun damage. But, don’t get it twisted. These foods are not alternatives to SPF, they just help build up a natural tolerance to the sun’s rays.
3. Wear your hats and sunnies
Don’t forget to protect your eyes and head! Our skin is already pretty fragile, but the skin under our eyes is even more thin and fragile than the rest of our body. Do it a favor and keep it lookin’ right! Don’t make the mistake of not opting for the polarized pair of sunglasses. Normal sunglasses do provide protection from vertical and horizontal rays, but they don’t stop that pesky glare. Polarized glasses stop the reflection of horizontal rays from coming through the lens and protect your peepers! Please give your face a break from those rays! Keep a hat handy. Your face will thank you later!
4. Know when your time is up
Everyone has a time limit to when their melanin production is cut-off. Melanin is what gives skin its pigmentation. After you pass this natural cutoff time, your skin becomes vulnerable to the sun’s rays, and you are at risk of UV damage. Those with fair skin can have cutoff times as low as 45 minutes in direct sunlight, but the time typically ranges from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Be sure to come inside and cool off with a drink at the bar!
5. Stay hydrated, baby!
You should already be drinking plenty of water, but you DEFINITELY should stay hydrated when you’re going outside in the sun. Being hydrated will help preserve your skin cells’ life. And it’ll definitely make your tan last longer! Don’t be a stranger to H20, it’s literally 70% of your body’s makeup, get comfy with it!