Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a quality shade solution?
Why You Need Shade at the Beach
The summer sun can be quite dangerous. As mentioned in our Skin Cancer Prevention blog, UVA and UVB rays pose a threat to our skin even on the cloudiest of days. Overexposure to sunlight often causes permanent skin damage and greatly increases the risk of skin cancer.
Particularly when you’re on the beach, the stakes for skin cancer prevention are much higher. You’re bound to intensify harmful exposure when spending the day on a bright beach wearing just swimwear between the hottest hours of the day. In fact, even dry beach sand reflects up to 15% of UV rays, exposing your skin from all angles. (Source: World Health Organization)
While sunscreen certainly can help minimize sun exposure and damage, it can’t always provide the most effective protection at the beach. Cooling off in the water or even breaking a sweat on the shore makes sunscreen half as effective unless you remember to constantly reapply.
In order to effectively prevent sun damage and overexposure, you need a reliable high-quality shade solution. Here are 5 beach essentials for effective summer shade.
As soon as the warmer weather hits, most people can’t wait to soak up the summer sun. However, significant sun exposure can often lead to premature skin aging, wrinkles, cataracts, and life-threatening skin cancer. Skin cancer is considered the most common type of cancer, and millions fall victim to this disease every year. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. (Source: Skin Cancer Foundation) With such high risks, are you doing all you can to maximize skin cancer prevention?
Skin Cancer Prevention: The Facts
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, increasing damage to the ozone layer greatly intensified the risk of harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure over the years. While ozone-depleting substances are now regulated to help minimize damage, scattered UV rays can still have an impact even on the cloudiest days.
How does skin cancer occur?
Everyday sunlight (regardless of clouds) omits UVA and UVB rays, which age the skin and cause sunburn. Too much radiation exposure damages your skin cell’s genetic materials, accelerating cell growth which then leads to skin cancer. Even getting a sunburn just once in a two-year time-span can triple your risk of melanoma. (Source: Cancer Research UK)