|Sheik hat, sunglasses, suncreen, and hydrating in the shade!|
Vacationing at the beach, swimming at the neighborhood pool, and working in the yard…these are activities that have thrust me well into sun-protection mode. With being a little more aware this year, I have a few observations and tips to share:
· Apply your sunscreen before going to the beach initially. If you try to apply it at the beach and you prefer spray sunscreen, the ocean breeze will spread it more on the group 30 feet away than on you. If you apply lotion, it will be fine, but expect to spread sand all over your body as well. I neglected to apply beforehand the first time, so I used a combo of the two at the beach. I make my beach neighbors glisten and my skin look like it was covered I textured paint. (But I still wore it!)
· Spray-type sunscreen is REAL easy to apply to kids, with less wriggling and tickling giggles. But it seems that one can of spray lasts for only one application to a family of four. At $8 to $10 per can, it was an expensive application. In that regard, I’ve since learned that Target brand sunscreen was ranked very close to Banana Boat and Coppertone by Consumer Reports, and it’s nearly half the price!
· Wear wrap-around sunglasses. You know…the kind that David Duvall made famous? (Does anyone remember David Duvall?) They’re futuristic looking and they protect your eyes well. Plus, when driving, I find there to be less glare when the sun’s at my side. But beware, wrap-around shades does not mean that your wife can’t tell when you’re watching passing…um…patrons at the beach. You’ll still have bruised ribs by the end of your visit.
· Baseball/golf caps cause an increase of red necks. No…I’m talking about real red-colored necks. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, or better yet, wear a hat that provides protection to the entire neck. I wear a wide-brimmed straw hat socially and at the beach while I don a hat that my kids say make me look like a sheik when I mow my lawn. The latter is a bit hot to wear, but provides great protection.
· Speaking of hats, visors do not protect the scalp. And for those who are hair-challenged like me, this leads to embarrassing red monk head.
· Wear a shirt when you work outside. Trust me, when you’re man in your late 40’s, this is more of a fashion necessity than sun-safe advice.
· One thing I read…a wet t-shirt offers almost no sun protection. No wonder such contests are usually held indoors and at night. Seriously though, my parents used to have me wear a shirt in the pool to protect from sunburn, and now I know why it never seemed to work.