We thought spring was never going to get here, and now that it has it showed up with record breaking temperatures so early on in the season. The quote “be careful what you wish for” definitely applies here. Minnesota knows how to give us a little variety and keep us guessing. That being said, our lovely home state has a higher risk of sunburn than in some other states. It's greater than you might think because we're inside all winter. And we go outside that first hot day and forget to protect ourselves as well as we should. So, sunburn is really common this time of year.
I know we all are aware to apply sunscreen and the important reasons why when we are outside, but here at Performance Pool and Spa we wanted to give you a few friendly reminders about things you might not even thought of to stay safe as you and your loved ones jump into the pool to cool off:
*When choosing the SPF of your sunscreen remember there is a common misconception that the highest SPF in sunscreen is the most effective. Many people assume SPF 30 is twice as strong as a SPF 15. That’s not necessarily true. According to experts, SPF 15 blocks out 94% or UVB rays, and SPF 30 blocks out 97% or UVB rays, and SPF 45 blocks out 98% of UVB rays. While anything above SPF 45 will protect a percentage or two more, none will offer 100% protection. Experts recommend using an SPF of at least 30 that offers broad spectrum or full spectrum coverage (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
*Whether you're at the beach or in the pool, your exposure to UV rays will be more intense because of the deflection of the sun’s rays by sand and water, so it’s extra important to apply sunscreen when you are going to be near water.
*Apply Sunscreen 20-30 min before going outside and/or getting in the water. This allows the protective agents to absorb into your skin and prevent the sunscreen from washing off. This also helps keep your pool water clean and clear.
*Don’t forget your ears, lips, hairline, back of hands, feet, and your neck. They are easy spots to miss, but also some of the most sensitive parts to the sun.
*Make sure you use water-resistant sunscreen as this helps it stay on your skin even if it gets wet. However, that doesn’t mean you no longer have to reapply sunscreen. Although water resistant, the chemicals in the chlorine can slowly strip away the UV-blocking properties of sunscreen. Therefore, reapply sunscreen every 40-80 minutes when in the water and still wait to let your skin absorb it before going back in.
*Protect yourself from heat stroke by drinking plenty of water. Water is the best liquid to hydrate yourself with. Juices, soda and alcohol contain more say electrolytes and sugar which can change the balance of hydration which results in needing more fluids in the end.
Slip, slop, slap… you know the drill. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is important during the hot Minnesota summer. Yes, applying sunscreen can be a tedious process when you just want to jump in the water, but it’s well worth the effort. With the right amount of application, reapplication, and drinking plenty of water you should be well protected. Most importantly, have fun!