Sun Safe on the Water: Skin Protection Tips for Surfers and Boaters

Spending time on the water might be one of your favorite pastimes. Whether you’re surfing the waves or boating on a sunny day, you may not be able to resist outdoor adventures. However, the combination of sun, water, and reflective surfaces increases your risk of skin damage.

As a surfer or boater, you are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation, which can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Let’s look at some skin protection tips so you can enjoy your time without worrying about skin damage.

Unique Risks for Surfers and Boaters

As a surfer or boater, you face unique skin risks due to prolonged exposure to the sun and water. The reflective nature of water amplifies UV radiation, increasing your likelihood of getting sunburned. Additionally, wind and water can wash away your sunscreen, reducing its effectiveness.

Frequent exposure without adequate protection can lead to cumulative skin damage, increasing your risk of skin cancer. For surfers, the saltwater and friction from surfboards can also irritate your skin, making it more susceptible to damage.

Skin Protection Tips for Surfers and Boaters

You must frequently apply and reapply sunscreen if you want to be sun safe when boating. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Before leaving the house, liberally apply it to all exposed skin. Reapply it every two hours or right away after swimming or excessive perspiration.

Water-resistant sunscreens are particularly beneficial for you as a surfer or boater.

Wearing protective clothing is another effective way to shield your skin from UV rays. Rash guards, long-sleeve shirts, and board shorts made from UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fabric can significantly reduce UV exposure.

Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection can further safeguard your face and eyes, which are often neglected but equally vulnerable to sun damage.

Learn About Skin Cancer Care in California

Protecting your skin while enjoying water activities can prevent you from sunburn and long-term damage. By using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing, you can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer.

If you want information about advanced skin cancer care, call us at 818-842-8000 and schedule an appointment with the Skin & Beauty Center.

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