The whole family will have a wonderful time at the beach on 30A if they all follow some basic sun safety rules to prevent painful burning with skin or eye damage. Tanning is your skin’s protective reaction to exposure to the sun to prevent further damage to the skin. We may think we look good with tans, but it is best to limit our exposure to the rays of the sun. The best way to protect yourself is to limit your exposure to the sun and to protect your skin.
Generously apply a broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Reapply about every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating. Wear protective clothing, such as a long sleeved shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever possible.
Seek shade when appropriate. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10A.M. and 4P.M.. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. Be extra careful when you are near white sand and water because they reflect rays of the sun and can increase your chances of sunburn. White sand will reflect rays even when you are under an umbrella. While at Seacrest’s beach, I saw lots of people wisely seeking shade under umbrellas.
Check the label when you choose sunglasses. The best ones to offer protection to your eyes have a label that ensure they will protect your eyes from UV rays from the sun. Many medications will increase your sensitivity to the sun’s rays. Some medication will cause you to get a sunburm in a matter of minutes. Read the labels carefully and use extra sunscreen as needed.
Try a new sunscreen on your child’s wrist before using to check for allergic reactions. Be careful to not get any in or too near the eyes. Apply some to all areas of exposed skin, including the ears, lips, back of the neck and tops of the feet. Use some on all children over the age of 6 months.. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to give it time to work, and don’t only use it at the beach – use it all the time.
There are many places along 30A to purchase items that will help protect you from the sun. The Watercolor
Publix comes to mind as a store that is supplied with all you might need to keep you safe and happy!