How To Protect Your Skin At The Beach

Last Updated on May 10, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Do you know how to protect your skin at the beach? Check out these summer sun safety tips for you and your family.

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How to protect your skin at the beach

How To Protect Your Skin At The Beach

Learning how to protect your skin at the beach is very important.  You don’t want to come home with a nasty burn, or even worse end up with skin cancer at some point in the future.

There are a number of different ways to protect your skin, from creams and lotions to hats and protective clothing. I’ll share a few of my favorites and when I use each one. 

Not everyone goes to the beach for the same reasons. My son loves to swim and spend time in the water. My daughter will more likely find a shady spot to enjoy a good book.

I like to walk on the beach and daydream. You may enjoy laying in a beach chair in the sun sipping on a cold drink.

Different situations require different types of protection. You will also want to consider other factors like your skin type and your age.

bottle of sunscreen in the sand


Always wear sunscreen that is at least an SPF 15.  I always use a broad spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 30+ because I have very light skin and I burn easily.

Children should use at least an SPF 30. You should especially wear sunscreen between the hours of 10AM and 4PM when the sun is at its’ brightest.

Remember to apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you’ll be going into the sun to allow it to be absorbed into your skin.

Waterproof sunscreen

If you are going to be swimming or playing in the water, be certain that you choose a sunscreen that is waterproof. If you don’t use a waterproof sunscreen, you will need to reapply sunscreen every time you come out of the water.

water bottle on the beach

Drink lots of water

Drink plenty of water to make sure that your skin stays hydrated. Be certain that you are drinking water. Sweetened drinks like soda and iced coffees won’t help you and caffeine can dehydrate you instead.

Woman wearing a floppy hat and sipping a cold drink

Sun accessories

If you’ll be spending time on the beach instead of in the water, consider bringing along a large beach umbrella or even a big floppy hat for some extra protection.

You can burn your scalp when you’re out in the sun for too long, and it’s difficult to find a sunscreen that will work for your scalp. A floppy hat or beach umbrella work well.

Choose a hat made of a tightly woven fabric like canvas for maximum protection.

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Protect your lips

Don’t forget to protect your lips.  They can become burned or chapped from exposure to the sun. You can find a lip balm that contains SPF.

Protective clothing

Consider protective clothing. There are shirts, bathing suits, and shorts that are made of special fabric that will protect your skin from the sun.

If you enjoy water sports like boating, surfing or water skiing, you may want to invest in a few of these to wear.

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Don’t forget the sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Over exposure to bright sunlight can lead to cataracts.

Wrinkles and age spots

Remember to protect your face. Use a sunscreen liberally on your face and consider a higher SPF for your face than you use on your body. Most wrinkles and age spots are caused by sun damage.

Medication check

Consider your medications. Remember that some medications like diuretics and St. John’s Wort can make you more prone to sunburn. Talk to your pharmacist about any concerns you have.

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Take frequent breaks

Take a break in the shade. If you don’t want to spend the entire time in the shade, at least consider spending some time there. You’ll get less sun exposure in the shade than in full sun.

Now that you know how to protect your skin at the beach, you may want to learn what to look for in a good pair of sunglasses.

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2 thoughts on “How To Protect Your Skin At The Beach”

  1. Whenever I’m outdoors or even in the car I always put sunscreen on and also with the lips. I’ve heard that you should be protected in the car. I don’t have to worry about the beach or lake because I don’t live near close to either.

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