When the phrase ‘’A piece of heaven’’ comes to mind, you’ll probably think of a beautiful tropical place with a beachfront. Although a location like that could be considered heaven, it can get very sunny outside most of the time. And, it’s because of this that enjoying an adventure in Cabo, you won’t forget to take care of your health and skincare. The Los Cabos region it’s exactly that – a sunny place with many things to do out in the open. As you enjoy your time in Cabo, don’t let the sun take you by surprise. Keep reading this article and learn a few tips on how to keep yourself healthy with sun safety in Los Cabos!
Many attractions draw visitors to the Cabo region. The list of options is as big as Cabo itself! Ranging from whale watching to various aquatic activities, the list is endless. But it all happens under the sun, and as such, you should be very careful. Los Cabos has an impressive record of around 350 days of sun a year. And also temperatures range on average the high 90’s F in the summer. With temperatures like this is imperative to practice good sun safety is essential. Keep reading this guide for a fun and safe holiday in Cabo!
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. While out in the sun in Cabo, either lazing on the beach or water, there are some basic practices you can implement to keep yourself sun-safe. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.
While you might be having a great time out in the sun, it’s important to remember to give yourself some time to be in the shade too. Even if you’re feeling alright, heatstrokes will often set in hours after overexposure. Be sure to give yourself regular opportunities to rest and relax in the shade. With this you can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer, any kind of shelter you use could be a temporary relief from the sun. Although, your best choice to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside, even in the shade.
Sunbathing is a must, tried by many when down in Cabo. On a tropical spot such as this sunbathing seems like a great idea, and it is! As long as you’re responsible for sun protection every now and then you should be perfectly fine. Try to keep your sunbathing limited to short periods, to keep your skin as healthy as possible and to avoid painful sunburn on your days in heaven.
Any type of reflection, even from the water, can increase the intensity of the sun’s’ rays as if it was a magnifying glass! Be careful with the times under the sun. And, take into account the hours around midday, when the overhead sun can make reflections particularly potent over almost any surface.
While of course, you can buy what you need on location, ideally sun safety should be something you consider when packing for your holiday.
Many of us shy away from using sunscreen, often down to childhood memories of a slimy coating of the stuff liberally applied by a parent. Nowadays, however, there is a whole range of different sunscreen methods, from the traditional creams to lotions and sprays, so there really is no excuse.
Another mistake people commonly make is choosing the wrong sunscreen for the climate or activities they expect to take part in on their holiday. Ideally, the general rule of thumb is to select a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, which should at a very minimum be at least 15 SPF. However, for true sun safety, you really should be looking to use SPF 30 or above, with those of fairer skin tones and children using factor 40 or 50 sunscreen. Put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of the exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage. Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays.
It is also important to keep yourself hydrated. Many people get dehydrated in their daily lifestyle without even realizing it! Imagine how it can be in a climate as hot and humid as in Cabo. Some careless attitude can easily turn into a heatstroke. While enjoying a cocktail by the beach its ideal for keeping your fluids up, alcohol will actually dehydrate you, increasing your risk from sun exposure. Feel free to give yourself a treat, just make sure you hydrate while doing so!
While you may be eager to wear your skimpiest outfits to show off your healthy body, in places with intense sunlight as Cabo it’s important to keep covered as much as possible. Hence, long-sleeved shirts and long pants can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a cover-up every time you can. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well. Opt for lightweight loose-fitting garments such as blouses or kaftans.
For lots of face protection, you can wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. As famous and funny as they can be, try to avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection. You can also wear a regular baseball cap, but then you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas.
Furthermore into sun protection, don’t forget about sunglasses. This is underrated protection for your eyes. These will reduce the risk of sight problems that can develop over time. And they also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Sunglasses that block UV rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the US, meet this standard. So get yourself some before having fun in Mexico!
Cabo offers a whole range of tours and cruises. From sightseeing and whale watching to snorkeling and Camel rides, Cabo really has something for everyone. Although, as relaxing these activities can be you’ll still be facing the sun plenty of time in these adventures. As such you should be aware and have in mind to take care of your skin and body’s health. Here are some more recommendations for you to have sun safety fun in Los Cabos.
Be prepared for any trip or tour. Always, make sure you have sunscreen with you. And, don’t forget it should be reapplied every two hours at least, even less if you’ve been sweating or swimming much! Before activities in the water like snorkeling, it’s important to make sure every part of your body is well protected with sunscreen. You’ll be spending long periods face down in the water.
Once again, it’s good to remember to stay hydrated. This is essential and luckily you can find water everywhere you go to Cabo. Many cruises, for example, offer tasty snacks and drinks to help you stay refreshed. While there’s nothing wrong with having a beer, it’s important to always keep drinking water every other beer, to keep your fluid levels always restored.
While you may want to be close to the action as possible when on a tour it’s important to seek a shady spot from time to time. This will help reduce your risk of heat exposure greatly.
With these simple safety tips, nothing can get in the way of your time in Cabo. Enjoy without worries everything Cabo has to offer. Be careful with your health but most importantly have fun!
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Thank you for reading Sun safety in Los Cabos: Take care of your skin on vacation in Cabo, written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image. Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.