Getting Beach Ready – How to Protect that Skin

It is that time of year again that we are reaching the 80s+  here in Clearwater. Now is the time we start thinking of beaches, sand, and fun in the sun. But hold on, before you go off splashing, let’s remember how important it is to protect that beautiful skin of yours.

The Importance of Sun Block

Skin is the largest organ of the body. It covers about 20 square feet and in an adult body weighs about 20 pounds.

Skin has an important job to do. It protects us from microbes, helps us regulate body temperature, keeps water out and keeps water in. It allows us to feel sensations, so we have a heads-up if something is good for us or bad for us. Skin is important, so it deserves our attention and protection.

Sun can do a multitude of damage to the skin. From hyperpigmentation, to wrinkles, to cancer. Research shows that the main contributing factor to skin looking “aged” is sun exposure.

Choosing the Right Sun Block

When looking for a sun block choose one that is at least 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor)  and blocks both UVA (Ultraviolet A) and UVB (Ultraviolet B). Water-resistant sunscreen is also important.

If you have a tube of sun block laying around the house and think it will do – it might not. Dermatologists recommend you replace your sun block at least once a year.

Application of Sun Block

You should apply sun block at least 15 to 30 minutes before leaving the house. Use it on  all exposed areas of the skin. Don’t forget the ears, top of the head, and make sure to use a lip balm with sun block. After all, you want those lips looking beautiful for a long time as well. 

Sunblock should be reapplied every two hours. More often if you are going in and out of the water. It might seem a bit cumbersome, but it might give you a good reason to start a conversion with that special someone.

Other Things To Remember

Once your skin is protected don’t forget about your mani and pedi, or waxing the bikini area before you hit the beaches. This is the season to treat yourself and look good in that suit. Most of all, have fun!

See our salon specials (link to salon special page). There just might be one for a manicure and a pedicure.