Sunbathing is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the pool or beach, and it also comes with a lot of benefits. Sun exposure prevents vitamin D deficiency, reduces depression, improves your sleep, and can even strengthen your bones and immune system. Sunbathing doesn’t come without its risks, though, and it’s crucial to tan wisely. Here, Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island offers a few tips for safe sunbathing so you can enjoy a healthy and worry-free vacation in Florida.

Wear Sunscreen

The first important step is sunscreen, as any amount of time spent in the sun unprotected elevates your risk of skin cancer. Health experts recommend looking for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Try to be thorough when applying, too. It’s easy to forget your hands, feet, and ears, for instance, but they can be especially sensitive and need just as much protection as other areas. After applying, wait a full 15 minutes before going outside to ensure the sunscreen has soaked into your skin and can fully protect it.

There’s a popular misconception sunscreen will keep you from tanning, preventing many from wearing it in the first place. This just isn’t true. Sunscreen extends the amount of time you can be in the sun before burning, but it doesn’t prevent you from achieving a golden glow.

Beat the Heat

Sunscreen can protect against sunburns, but it won’t prevent heat-related illnesses. It’s no secret that Florida weather is hot, especially for travelers who are used to cooler climates, so it’s important to take extra precautions to keep from overheating while sunbathing. Here are some recommendations:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing so your body can cool itself properly.
  • Cover your head, face, and eyes with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Fruit and vegetable juices also provide a good source of hydration.
  • If you’re from out of town, go outside in small increments to slowly adjust to the weather.
  • Take frequent breaks to rest in the shade or air-conditioned indoors.

Control Your Exposure

Sunbathing for hours sounds tempting when you’re on vacation, but it can lead to sunburn and other health-related consequences. Instead, try to limit your exposure. For instance, spend 20-30 minutes lying on your back, then the same amount of time on your stomach. When your time is up, go inside. You can sunbathe for slightly longer if you’re laying in the shade, but it’s still important to be careful.

Controlling your exposure isn’t just about how long you’re in the sun, though, as the time of day you head outside should also be considered. The sun is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., making the morning or late afternoon ideal times for sunbathing.

Know When to Go Inside

If you’re looking for a place to rest between safe sunbathing sessions, explore our many rental properties on St. George Island. We also offer several pet-friendly rentals so your furry companion can enjoy the Florida sunshine with you. Learn more about our properties by contacting Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island today.

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