Attention Travelers!!! We so often forget about preventing skin damage or protection from the sun when on holiday or vacation. Sun damage can happen anywhere and anytime in the sand, snow and reflection from the water or concrete. Awareness and planning ahead is essential to having a fun time…so plan ahead!!

Regardless of skin color the UVA and UVB can cause havoc in ones skin health, every skin type is at risk of sun poisoning, injury and burn. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can be the most damaging so avoid the sun from 10am to 4pm. Beware of overcast or cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the suns ultraviolet rays can penetrate through the haze causing sun burn.

The length of time in the sun should also be considered. The first day in the sun should be the shortest time, allowing for the skin to gradually adjust and build its melanin cells for self protection. Be sure to always apply sun protection.

I recommend at least wearing a SPF(sun protection factor) of 20 to 30 applying 20 minutes before sun exposure. Zinc is my favorite ingredient as it’s a true sun block and healthy for the skin.  Be sure to reapply especially after swimming, any vigorous activity or excessive perspiration.

• Wear clothing to protect exposed skin
• Stay in the shade, especially during midday
• Wear a wide brim hat, don’t forget about your ears and neck
• Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Apply sun protect and reapply as needed.

Sun protection only maintains its efficiency for about a year so be sure to read labels and check expiration dates.

For further travel tips and ideas;

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic

http://www.coolibar.com

http://www.skintherapease.com/products/