Don’t Forget to Protect Your Skin on Vacation

Protect Your Skin on Vacation


Whether you are skiing in the mountains or planning a summer getaway, you are going to be spending a lot of time outside. This means that you will be exposed to the sun.  The ultra violet rays are not always obvious and, yet, your skin absorbs them much quicker than you realize.

Some travelers forget to protect their skin which often results in long term damage and other possible issues.  The last thing anyone wants to do is to ruin their vacation after getting burned in the sun.  If you want to want to have a good vacation and avoid getting a sunburn, there are several solutions.

If you’re a redhead with fair skin like me, you may already aware of the negative effects that the sun can have on your skin.  I was taught from day one not to go out into the sun for long periods of time, but even this advice was not sufficient.

We all need some vitamin D and sunshine is one of the best ways to get it.  However, too much unprotected exposure can cause problems, such as:

  • skin damage
  • eye damage
  • immune system suppression
  • skin cancer

People can develop skin cancer at a very early age, even if they are only in their 20s.  Protection from the harmful rays needs to begin with children exposed for more than a relatively short period of time.

According to KidsHealth, every child needs sun protection and the lighter the child’s natural skin color, the more susceptible their skin is to harmful UV rays.  The worst times to be out in the sun unprotected is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunburns are very damaging to children, especially as they tend to worsen several hours after exposure to the sun.  They will not only have reddened skin, but may also get chills and dry, itchy skin.  They will also be in a lot of pain.

When I Was Younger

Redhead in the sun

When I was younger, I thought wearing long sleeved shirts when I was outdoors was sufficient. However, I soon discovered ultra violet rays go right through thin cotton sleeves and I ended up with a severe sunburn.  Once I was at the beach for five hours without any sunscreen and got the worst sunburn of my life.

Later I discovered better ways to protect my skin.

Although I have tried many different types of sunscreen, one stands out above all of the others I have tried.  It is easy to apply, has a high sun protection factor (SPF) and stays on longer than most other brands, and is water resistant, allowing you to stay in the water for up to 80 minutes.

The SPF that I use is 50; however, for people who don’t burn as quickly as I do, could easily use a lower SPF.  You should consult your dermatologist to determine what is ideal for your skin type.

Australian Gold sunscreenThe Brand I Love Best

My favorite brand, Australian Gold sunblock, comes in a variety of SPFs, ranging from 4 to 50.  Not only does it protect your skin, it is also reef safe, cruelty free, Paraben free, and PABA free.  It provides broad spectrum (UVA and UVB coverage) while moisturizing and hydrating your skin.

UVA rays can prematurely age skin, causing age spots and wrinkles. The UVB rays are the ones that burn you and may lead to skin cancer.

Best of all, it is easy to apply and it is not sticky or gooey like some suntan lotions I’ve tried.

Once I started using Australian Gold SPF 50, I never burned again.  I soon forgot how horrible sunburns can be.  No more staying in bed for a whole week!

Vacation and Skin Care

Getting ready for vacation doesn’t just involve picking out your outfits and planning your trip.  You also need to think about taking care of your skin.  Choosing the right type of SPF sunscreen should be at the top of your list.



2 thoughts on “Don’t Forget to Protect Your Skin on Vacation

  1. Superb reminder about skin protection. I’ve had bad exposure when I was young as I grew up on a farm. I spend long days in direct sunlight for hours a day baling hay all through my youth. I tried sunscreen but while working, sweating, and dust from the hay bales it really didn’t do much good. Tried wearing long sleeves shirts but just became too hot. The best I was able to do was to keep on a straw hat.
    Do you have any suggestions for wearing sunscreen while working hard outdoors? Thanks

    1. Hi Paul
      Thank you for your comments. There is no product that will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays 24/7. However, the product I have recommended is, in my experience, far and away the best protection. If you work outdoors all day long, you may need to reapply half way through the day. However, I never had to do that, even when I was outside all day long. Make sure you don’t forget to apply some to your face and head as well. Please let me know if you try my suggestion and how it works for you. Keep wearing the hat. 🙂

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