Categories: Skincare

How to Avoid Bad Sunburn in Aruba or other Tropical Islands near the Equator

Right now I am suffering through the itchy phase of sunburn, shortly after it turns to tan but before it starts to peel. That’s because I didn’t practice the right sunburn prevention protocol on our recent trip to Aruba. We brought plenty of sunscreen, but our application techniques may not have been the best. I found myself with bright red sunburn on the very first day at the beach, and it wasn’t for lack of wearing sunscreen. Here are a few tips to help you prevent a bad sunburn when you visit Aruba or another tropical island near the equator, or anywhere for that matter.

Consider all of these tips before you choose the sunscreen you will bring with you on vacation. Protect your skin so you don’t have to suffer through a bad sunburn as well!

Tropical Sunburn Prevention Advice
When we went on a snorkeling trip a few days after my initial tropical sunburn, one of the mates on the ship started making fun of my random, splotchy red patches. Of course I didn’t get sunburned all over – it was more or less the look of someone who forgot to apply sunblock on certain body parts, and definitely not evenly across others.

The mate did give us a piece of wonderful advice despite his teasing. When you visit a tropical destination, especially one on the equator like Aruba, be sure to ease your cold skin into the hotter sunshine. He recommended starting out with SPF50 on the first day, then SPF45, then SPF30, and finally SPF15. If you have fair skin, or if you burn easily, you may want to follow your normal routine and keep wearing the stronger sunscreen.

Tips to Prevent a Bad Sunburn
Here are a few other tips to prevent a bad, super red sunburn:

•    Avoid falling asleep in the sun – on the beach or at the pool.
•    Flip over every 15 or 20 minutes if you do lay out on the beach or by the pool.
•    Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours AND every time you get out of the water.
•    Start with a stronger sunblock on your first day or two at a tropical location.
•    Don’t forget to apply sunblock to your ears, face, and if you plan to lay on your tummy, don’t forget to protect the bottoms of your feet!
•    Apply sunblock or lip balm with SPF15 or SPF20 to your lips to avoid sunburnt lips.

Protecting your skin from the sun also helps to prevent skin cancer. Stay smart and keep your skin looking young and healthy with these great sunscreen tips. If you have other summer skincare tips to share, please feel free to leave a comment!

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