Going to the Beach in Fall: Skin Problems and Reminders
Although summer is the best time to go to South Beach and give yourself a nice tan, it usually leaves you with a number of skin problems, most notably, sunburn. That being said, going there during fall won’t exempt you from experiencing the problems which root from getting too much of the sun. Even if it’s cooler now, you’re not exempted from the nuances caused by sun exposure. Here are some examples of the most notable, along with tips which will enable you to deal with them.
Sunburn – painful and irritating
This occurs whenever your skin has been overexposed to the sun’s rays. The skin contains melanin, a substance which protects it from ultraviolet rays. Whenever you’ve received too much sunlight, melanin won’t be able to protect it, resulting into sunburn. Symptoms include redness on the skin, along with a burning sensation on it. Itching and peeling may also be experienced.
Moles – dark skin lesions
If you notice a number of dark dots on your skin a week after going to the beach, don’t be surprised: these are just moles. However, they may range from harmless superficial lesions to being malignant – or cancerous. This is one of the reasons why the National Cancer Institute recommends avoiding sun exposure at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, mainly because this is the time where the heat is at its peak.
Melanoma – a type of skin cancer
If you’re Caucasian and subjected to extreme and constant sun exposure, melanoma is not a far off possibility. This type of cancer is prevalent in Northern Europe and Australia, and light-skinned people are mostly afflicted – cases are rare in fair and dark-skinned people, like Africans, South Asians, South East Asians and those with African lineage.
Solar elastosis – wrinkled, dry and thick skin
One of the most common effects of overexposure to sunlight is solar elastosis, a condition wherein your skin will appear wrinkled, and be thick and dry. This in turn makes you look like you’ve aged by more than 10 years. It is caused by the accumulation of the elastic tissue on the skin, which occurs if you’ve been exposed to the sun constantly. This in turn makes it important to resort to anti-aging creams and products.
Now you know some of the skin diseases which may arise if you go to the beach even if the weather is a tad cooler, time to learn a number of various countermeasures. Doing so will allow you to prevent the above mentioned nuances and allow you to enjoy your time at the beach.
- Apply sunscreen prior to exiting the car or hotel room, just before you illuminate yourself with the golden rays. Doing so will protect your skin from UV rays and prevent the various types of damage that come with it. Remember to do so again after exiting the water.
- Be sure to use organic and toxic free products. Your lotions, sunscreens and creams you apply must be made from natural substances, given that chemical and synthetic skin products may be unsafe and contain toxic components.
- Try to go sunbathing if you can help it. Getting a bit of tan isn’t worth it if it results in melanoma.
- Avoid staying out too much during 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon.
So, go out there and enjoy the salty sea breeze, ebbing waves and the clear, emerald water!