Sun, Sea and Skin Care

After one of the hottest days of the year so far, the boaters and sailors amongst us are no doubt planning their next outing on the water. Whether that’s exploring the open waves or just moored up hosting a friendly get together, there’s plenty of opportunities on the horizon for you to take it all in.

But as temperatures soar this summer, the sun’s reflection from the water and deck can be hard on your skin which is why we’ve come up with a six point plan to help protect you from the invisible dangers of ultraviolet radiation.

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Protective clothing isn’t just for the cold and wet, it’s also a necessity to protect against the sun. Dermatologists recommend doubling your protection with broad-brimmed hats, shirts with long sleeves and collars, and longer style shorts and trousers. Plus, for a little extra you can get yourself specialist UV- resistant fabric.

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The most effective sun cream comes with the highest Sun Protection Factor (SPF); the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests SPF50+ where possible and factor 30 as a minimum. The Foundation also recommends applying sun lotion 30 minutes before going outside and reapplying every 2 hours.

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Hats come in all different shapes and sizes but unfortunately style has to take a back seat when it comes to battling against the sun. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire styles offer the best protection.

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It can be hard finding a spot of shade when you’re out and about on the water but whenever possible try and find some shelter from the sun. Portable shade structures are perfect to offer that spot of shade.

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There are thousands of different sunglasses on the market and, as with hats, style comes second. The area around the eyelids is one of the most common places for non-melanoma skin cancers so shield your eyes with polarized sunglasses that offer 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Avoid the sun

Although it’s great being out and about enjoying the sunshine, UV rays are at their greatest between the hours of 10am to 3pm. During these hours it is important to reapply the sun lotion and try to find some shade.

For more information on how to protect against UV rays head over to the Skin Cancer Foundation.