Is sun exposure more dangerous at the beach?

Sun exposure is dangerous no matter where you are. You may feel as if you get more sun when you are at the beach, but the reason is because you may be wearing less clothes in an area without shade and be out under the sun for a long period of time. It is important to wear sunscreen of a minimum of SPF 30 or protective clothing.

The sun is dangerous to unprotected skin no matter where you are. At the beach, however, light rays can reflect off the ocean which can make your skin at a higher risk for a burn when you are swimming. Also, in the hot weather and when you are swimming, sunscreen comes off your skin with sweat, so you need to make sure to reapply!

Yes, this is a no-brainer! The sun’s rays are intensified by reflection off sand and water. In addition, beach-goers must be especially cautious about sunscreens wearing off from swimming in the waves, toweling off, and sweating in the hot sun. For adequate protection, you should apply sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher at home, and let it dry before putting on your bathing suit. Reapply at least once per hour from 11 AM through 3 PM, and always reapply after swimming or drying off. You'd be wise to sit under an umbrella or shady tree, and take a break by going indoors or under cover when the sun is at its hottest from noon to 2 PM. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

It usually is, but it's not because of the environmental conditions - it has more to do with the lack of precautions beachgoers take. Often, you wear just a bathing suit, which doesn't cover too much skin. Additionally, beachgoers often forget to wear or reapply sunscreen as often as they should.

Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

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