Protect Your Skin on Lake Norman
We all agree that summer boating and swimming on Lake Norman is one of the best things to do. By this day and age, we believe that almost everybody has heard that you should protect your skin from too much sun exposure. “The medical facts are very clear about the danger of overexposure from the sun and the side effects that can result,” said Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “We aren’t giving medical advice in this post, but we felt it was important to present some facts and logical solutions for enjoying a sunny day on Lake Norman.”
Protecting Yourself from Sunburn and Sun Overexposure on Lake Norman
There are two main groups of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens protect your body and block the UV rays from reaching your skin. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays that reach your skin, but they both ultimately provide protection.
Dermatologists recommend that you should apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your face, neck, ears and chest and all other areas where your body is exposed to the sun. Dangerous UV rays generate damaging free radicals that can prematurely age the look of your skin.
What if it’s cloudy out one day? You can still reach up to 80% of the UV rays on a cloudy day compared to a sunny day. So even if there is shade, it’s important to apply your SPF 30 sunscreen any time you are outdoors for a prolonged period of time.
Understanding the SPF Numbers
Most sunscreens out there offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but SPF values can range widely, from as little as 2 to as high as 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 themselves.
A regular white T-shirt on its own has an SPF of 3, but UV clothing is rated between SPF 30 and 50. Most UV clothes are made with bathing suit fabric so it can be worn in and out of the water. But unlike sunscreen that wears off and has to be reapplied, UV clothes will protect people from the sun as long as they are worn.
- 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.
“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 their day on 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 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!