5 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Sun Damage on the Beach

April 12, 2020
Kalima Resort

One of the cardinal rules of going outside is to put on sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the beach or walking to work—protecting yourself from sunburns and UV rays should always be a top priority. However, it’s the most important to do so when you’re off to the beach!

When you’re at the beach, you’ll be more exposed to the sun and for longer periods of time. Thus, you need as much protection as you can get. If for whatever reason you forget to pack sunscreen, you can still enjoy your trip without worrying about sun damage. You just need to remember a few things:

1. Use your clothes to cover up

It can be a bummer to be at the beach and have to wear layers of clothing, but it’s for your own good. You should cover areas that easily burn up, like your shoulders. Wear a caftan or other beach-appropriate outerwear when you must be under direct sunlight, especially when you don’t have sunscreen with you. When going for a dip, it might be better if you wear a rashguard or swim somewhere away from direct heat. A UPF rashguard is the best option in this case.

2. Stay under the shade

When you can’t put on sunblock, you should make it an effort to stay away from the sun. Choose areas with lots of trees, or always have an umbrella with you. Being in the shade means less sun exposure, keeping your skin safe from burns and exposure to UV rays. Stay in the shade in the hours between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. These are the hours when the sun is at its peak, and the rays are strongest.

3. Guard your face with a hat

Even if you are not at the beach, your face is still getting hit by those harmful rays. If you are planning a day of hiking or sightseeing, protect your face by wearing a hat or a cap. A wide-brimmed hat is the best option, as it protects both your face and your neck. These are both areas that are easily sunburnt. If you have no access to one, though, a baseball cap works well. Just find a way to protect your nape.

4. Opt for night swimming

If you are fond of swimming, you can still get your fix by choosing hours when the sun is low. Alternatively, you can choose to swim at night. This way, you don’t get burned, and you can swim for as long as you wish. At night, the winds are also cooler, making for a more pleasant experience overall.

Note, though, that some places have policies about night swimming. Resorts may have a cut-off time for their shared pools, and local governments may prohibit night swimming after a certain hour. Check with your hotel about local guidelines to be safe.

5. Consider alternatives to sunscreen

Some people consciously avoid sunscreen. This is because nearly all brands are manufactured with chemicals that are harmful to the environment. For eco-conscious swimmers, you can use natural alternatives such as carrot seed oil or red raspberry seed oil. These have a considerable amount of SPF—around 40 to 50 for both—making them a good substitute for sunscreen.


Going to the beach is a much-awaited event for many, but the experience may be tainted when you get a sunburn on your trip. Avoid skin damage by being smart about what you wear and where you go on your vacation, and you’ll be free to make your memories sunburn-free.

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