Sun Protection While on Lake Norman
By this time, we believe that just about everybody has heard to protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun. “The medical facts are pretty clear about the dangers of too much exposure to the sun and the awful side effects that can come from overexposure and bad sunburns,” said Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “Not that we’re giving medical advice in this post, but we felt it was important to present the facts and some logical solutions for enjoying a sunny day boating at Lake Norman.”
Protecting Yourself from Sunburn and Sun Overexposure
Basically, there are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens protect your body by blocking UV rays from reaching your skin. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays that reach your skin. They both provide protection.
Dermatologists recommend that you should be applying sunscreen with SPF 30 to your face, ears, neck and chest and all other areas where sun is expected. Dangerous UV rays generate damaging free radicals that prematurely age your skin.
What about cloudy days on Lake Norman? You can reach up to 80% of the UV rays on a cloudy day compared to a sunny day. So it’s important to use your SPF 30 sunscreen anytime you are outdoors for a prolonged period of time.
Understanding the SPF Numbers
Most sunscreens on the market offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but SPF values can range widely, from 2 to 100. The SPF number indicates how many more minutes the sunscreen will allow someone to remain in the sun without getting burned than if they had no protection on their skin.
A regular white T-shirt has an SPF of 3 but UV clothing is rated between SPF 30 and SPF 50. Most UV clothes are made with bathing suit fabric so it can be worn in and out of water. Unlike sunscreen that wears off and needs to be reapplied, UV clothes will protect people from the sun as long as they are wearing them.
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun; for example, long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
- Use Broad Spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 30 or higher regularly and as directed.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
Watch this video about the dangers of sunburn and the advantages of being safe in the sun. The video is from the FDA:
“We want everybody to be sun smart and enjoy their time boating on Lake Norman,” added Hobbs. “We hope that the information we present on this post will help reach people who want to be safer with the sun while they enjoy the lake.”
In the meantime, we hope that you will visit us here at Westport Marina in the gorgeous and popular southwest section of Lake Norman in Denver, NC. You’ll love our boat rentals, superior boat service and our delicious food and drinks offered down at Nate’s Snack Bar on our docks. Call us at 704-483-5172 or email us to rent a boat or ask us a question. We look forward to seeing you on the lake!