For many pool owners, spring time (aka pool weather in the Valley of the Sun!) equates to lots of time spent outdoors in and around the pool. And while skin protection should actually be an everyday thing, it’s especially important to be vigilant about it during the times of year that are spent under the sun more often than not. As swimming season rapidly approaches, Aquaman Pools shares some important tips for skin protection and sunscreen use.
When it comes to sunscreen, the Skin Cancer Foundation advises “everyone to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.” The Foundation also suggests reapplying sunscreen every two hours — or after swimming or sweating.
Broad-spectrum refers to sunscreen that contains ingredients that can protect against not only UVA rays, but UVB rays as well. And while no sunscreen is actually waterproof, sunscreen can be considered “water resistant” for either 40 or 80 minutes (depending on the product). So once again – reapplication is important!
When questioning what sunscreen might be the best — the Foundation states that it’s “the one you will use every day.” So whether it comes in a cream, spray, stick or other format, everyone should chose the one they think they will use the most (and often!). Those with sensitive skin may want to look for sunscreens labeled as mineral or physical formulas, as they contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are less likely to cause skin irritations, according to the Foundation.
For those that want to double up on skin protection, layers are key! Obviously most people may not jump into the pool fully clothed… but when outside by the pool, wear a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or pants (there are many clothing items and accessories that not only have UV protection in them but are light weight for warm weather wear). When shopping for skin protective gear, look for items labeled with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). The Foundation explains: “A shirt labeled UPF 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the UV radiation to reach your skin.”
When not in the pool, seeking shade is another easy way to shield the skin from the sun’s rays (and cool down a little once those triple-digit temps start approaching!). However, staying in the shade or under an umbrella is not an excuse to skip the sunscreen or other skin protection avenues, because the sun’s rays can still pass through or even reflect off water and other surfaces.
Spring is almost here! So get ready to make the most of the entire swimming season. And for those that are in need of a professional pool service to get their pool in tip-top shape for lots of upcoming usage, give Aquaman Pools a call!