Being on the water is a wonderful experience. Spending time with friends and family is extra special when you’re enjoying the time spent together on your boat. You might think of strong winds or heavy rain as the most dangerous weather conditions, but when it comes to your skin, it is the sun that is likely to cause you the most trouble. The one downside to a sunny day of sailing is that it can take a toll on your skin.
There is no natural source of shade on a sunny day when you’re on the water, which is why it’s so important to account for the need for shade with your boat. Adventures on the water require a vessel well-equipped to provide relief from the sun.
Taking care of your skin when you’re on the water can help you feel better and stay out longer. No one wants to tend to a sunburn, especially when the alternative is having fun in the sun with friends and family.
Worry-Free UV Protection All Year Round
Taking care of your skin is essential, and you can follow a few simple tips to help take the best possible care of your skin so you can relax and enjoy your days onboard.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends certain Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen, to aid in preventing sun-induced skin damage.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin on the Water
Follow these tips to keep your skin safe when you’re boating:
1. Always Use Sunscreen: You should always keep sunscreen handy on your boat. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you use a sunscreen that is broad spectrum with an SPF 15 or higher. If you are in the sun for long periods of time when the sun is the strongest, opt for a waterproof sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Always reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
2. Wear Gear to Protect Yourself: A few simple additions to your boating day outfit will provide much needed protection from the sun. Make sure to be prepared with a hat for your head and sunglasses for your eyes. Wider brim hats provide added protection for your face and neck.
3. Stay Hydrated: Many sun-related illnesses are linked to dehydration. According to the CDC, if you are out in hot weather or in the sun, you should drink more fluids than you usually do, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink! Even as you’re enjoying the views and the open water, make sure to stay hydrated and don’t let your body get overheated.
4. Make Sure to Spend Time in the Shade: As you spend your day soaking up the sun, keep in mind that it is both healthier and safer to occasionally give your body a rest and spend some time cooling off in the shade. Sunbrella fabrics offer UV protection and breathable comfort to help keep you feeling good and having fun.
Sunbrella Marine for Your Boat
Sunbrella marine fabrics provide ultimate UV protection, fade resistance, mold, and mildew resistance and cleanability. With a wide selection of rich, fade resistant colors to choose from, our dedication to performance and durability is why Sunbrella marine canvas fabrics have been a trusted choice of boat enthusiasts, marine boat manufacturers, and fabricators around the world for almost 60 years.
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