3 Tips for Sunbathing Safely in Tampa Bay

There’s nothing better than a lazy day on a sandy beach, a shady porch or on a comfy hammock while sunbathing in Tampa Bay. With leisure, there also can be sunburn. But here are three cool tips to help you sunbathe safely no matter how hot it gets in sunny Florida’s Tampa Bay!

Tan in Moderation

It doesn’t matter how you get one. A tan is created by prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Repeated exposure can cause damage at the cellular level. Premature ageing can include brown spots, wrinkles, and even loosening skin. 

tips for sunbathing safelyTo mitigate the effects of prolonged UV exposure while sunbathing:

⦁ Wear light-coloured and loose clothing when at the beach or in the sun for lengthy times.
Darker palettes of colours may help to reflect the sun’s rays. Wearing looser clothes can allow the skin to properly breathe.
⦁ Try clothing made of 100 per cent cotton instead of synthetic fabrics.
⦁ Carry a shawl or a blanket. It may seem over the top but when the weather heats up, either item can act as a shield between you and the warmer elements or from blistering sand.
⦁ Always have a pair of shades and a wide-brimmed hat that can further protect you from excessive sun.

Also, take care when using tanning beds. According to the Skin Care Foundation, persons who receive their first tan from a tanning bed increase the danger of melanoma of 75 per cent, if they tan often before they turn 35.

Exfoliate Skin Regularly

Travelling to Indian Rocks Beach and Tampa Bay along the western and eastern coasts can be enjoyable and tan savvy with a few wise skin-protection practices.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. So it’s important it is not only nourished but exfoliated regularly. Clogged pores can lead to blackheads and bigger skin problems when the natural oils in the skin are trapped with perspiration and dirt. The fresher the skin appears, the longer it will be able to maintain a more even tan.

A good exfoliating scrub can also improve the skin’s tone and flexibility by reducing its thickness — use a specially designed glove for the task or your fingers as they are able to apply a gentle enough pressure without having the mixture mar the skin.

Priyanka Chopra and Vogue have a perfect homemade recipe to make improving the skin easy. This is a simple scrub made from glycerin, sea salt, and scented water. You can whip this together whether you’re on the beaches of Tampa Bay or you want to refresh before a night on the town.

Use a Good Sunscreen

Exfoliation and limiting your time in direct sun will do little for your skin if you do not consider using a sunscreen. A protective SFP of at least 30 is a general rule to keep your skin safe. Don’t forget to hydrate as well; something as basic as plain water will help to keep your skin smooth, more supple, and looking its best!

Whether you are choosing to tan or just want to protect your skin, these tips can help ensure you stay safe and healthy on your next Tampa Bay adventure.

Written by Anshulika Chawla

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