Skin Care for Boaters

Skin Protection Tips for Boaters

A trip on a fishing boat or a small luxury yacht is definitely fun and exciting, provided you get things right. And it is not only the gear and the tackle that should be your main point of concern. Skin protection should be on the top of the list – you wouldn’t definitely want to come back all red and blotched over. The prime boating hours are usually mid-morning or late evening. Afternoons are the time when you stand the highest risk of sun exposure. Even a muggy and foggy environment can be harmful as over 80% of harmful UV rays can reach your skin.

There are primary types of damaging UV rays that reach the earth –

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays that harm the skin, causing wrinkles and hastening the ageing process
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that causes sunburn

Keeping away from UV rays will help you prevent burns, eye damage, premature wrinkling and in worst case scenarios, skin cancer. Further, it is not only the direct rays that should worry you, 10% of the sun’s radiation usually reflects off the boat and another 10% off the water.

Take care of your skin and you will have a warm glowing look regardless of the number of boating trips you set out for.

Here are a few sun protection tips you can try out.

Use a good sun screen lotion – The rule of thumb is to use sun screen lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher once every two hours if your plan is all day boating. However, you can use one with a minimum SPF of 15 and over that offers broad spectrum protection, blocking both A and B group UV. If you are looking for immediate protection, use a lotion or cream with “block” properties as it has particles that set up a wall instantly against UV rays.

Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure and all areas of exposed skin including ears and the parting of the hair should be covered.

There are different compositions of sunscreen that determine the time frame it is effective.

  • Water Resistant Formulas – The effect will be for about 40 minutes while you are in the water
  • Waterproof Formulas – It has a longer holding period and will last for 80 minutes when in water
  • Sweat Resistant Formulas – In hot humid conditions if you experience heavy sweating this formula will last up to 30 minutes.

The type of lotion you ultimately choose to carry with you will therefore depend on the duration of your boating trip and the extent of exposure to the sun.

Wear the right clothes – Just like sunscreen lotion, wear clothes that protect you from harmful UV rays. Sun protective clothing fabrics have special properties to block UV rays and have a protective rating too. It shows how well the fabric can stand up to both UVA and UVB rays. You can also wear moisture absorbing chaffing free fabric clothes that will keep you cool and dry throughout your boat trip.

Make hats and sunglasses a very important part of your set-up. Wear wide brim tightly woven hats or a quick drying breathable one. For caps, choose one that has an extended peak. For the eyes, 100% UV protective sunglasses is almost mandatory. These glasses cut out the glare without reducing the intensity of light that reaches the eye.

Additional protection – Here are some additional tips for you. Drink plenty of water. It will prevent the body from getting dehydrated and your skin from drying out. Don’t sit for prolonged hours under the sun. Take a break. Occasionally go under covers or umbrellas or awnings whenever you can. Avoid the sun when it is directly overhead. It is at its most powerful then. The best times for boating are mornings and late in the day.

Even after all these precautions, the skin might look dull and listless after a number of trips out in the sun. Get your looks back with skin rejuvenation treatments on IPL machines supplied by Universal IPL. It gives superior results and is considered to be the best in its class. Most well known beauty salons and spas opt for beauty devices from this company for assured results to clients.

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