Summer is our favorite time of year for three sun soaked reasons:
- The huge main pool
- The thirst quenching swim-up bar
- The relaxing lazy river
But as much as we love sipping our signature cocktails poolside, we also know UV rays damage skin, which is why we are big advocates for sun safety.
Since we are always trying to bring the best of everything to our guests, we proudly carry a full range of Sun Bum sun care products to help keep you stay safe while you’re out enjoying Dive.
As leading experts on sun care, we looked to our friends at Sun Bum to find out more about those nasty UV rays and their recommended skin safety tips. So the next time you're getting ready to float your way down the lazy river or lounge around by the swim-up bar we hope you will follow these suggestions and take the time to keep that baby soft skin of yours safe.
Fact about the sun and its UV rays:
- Turns out that glimmer on the water can be a bad thing. Reflections from water can increase the potency of the sun’s UV rays.
- UV rays contribute to 1 in 5 people getting skin cancer in their lifetime—but by using sunscreen you can reduce your risk by 80%.
- 60% of a day’s UV rays are emitted during 10am - 2pm, so it’s best to avoid direct sunlight during that time.
- Staying in the shade can block up to 50% of UV rays. So make sure you’re taking regular breaks to kick back in your cabana or under the shade of an umbrella.
How to get the most out of your sunscreen:
- It takes time for sunscreen to absorb into your skin. Sun Bum recommends applying sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure to ensure full protection.
- Spending the day outside? Sunscreen needs to be reapplied regularly—at least every two hours and more frequently if you are swimming or sweating.
- Apply generously. The average person will use one tablespoon of sunscreen for their entire body when they should really be using at least three tablespoons. Less sunscreen = less protection, so lather away.
- Make sure you’re always getting the funny little places like your ears and feet. The sun on your feet is just as dangerous as the sun on your face.
Other sun safety tips:
- The sun’s harmful rays don’t only affect our skin. You should also be protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses with full UV protection.
- Sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect yourself. Wearing a wide brimmed hat or clothing with a lot of coverage will also help to protect you.