It was what seemed to be an ordinary day. The morning sun rose to a crispy San Diego sky. Not a single cloud in the sky. The birds were chirping. And it was a work day! But that is what makes this day all that much out of the ordinary. I declared a sick/beach day. That flu sure sticks around awhile!
So after 5 days off of work with the real flu. I mean I really had the flu bad. I was up late hours puking, fever, the whole bit. By Friday I started to feel a lot better. And the doctor really will tell you that sunshine is an excellent way to help recover from the flu, well that and of course chicken soup, plenty of rest and everything else that a person would do to help recover quickly from the flu.
So anyways, I decided to go to Ocean Beach Dog Park and lay out for a couple hours. The fever had subsided and I maintained good hydration so I figured I was ready to go. Not to mention the 2 oranges, Subway sandwich and a six pack of seltzer water.
I lay out in the sun. I met all of the other people walking dogs. But mostly I just relaxed and soaked up the rays. I regular the beaches for peace of mind, meeting people and of course the golden tan that so many people want.
So what do I do to help prevent sunburn? Here are 5 ways that I put together for you to prevent sunburn yet still be able to enjoy the wonderful outdoors:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Oranges, avocados, cucumbers and grapes are excellent for providing the minerals that your skin needs to have the ultimate natural protection that you are looking for.
- Purchase a sunscreen rated at least 50 spf or more. I mean, why would you get a lesser strength sunscreen when you can pay about the same price and get the best that you can get. Your skin will thank you for it.
- Drink plenty of water. Your skin needs water to stay cool. The longer that you are at the beach in the sun the more water that you will need to bring. Each person should drink nearly a gallon if they intend to spend the whole day at the beach.
- Bring and umbrella or other shade structure. Skin damage will occur within just a matter of minutes if you are not fully protected. Therefore shade is your best bet. Oftentimes the shade will be as much as 25 degrees cooler than in direct sunlight.
- Are you going to the beach just for the suntan? Bad idea. There are better ways to get the beautiful tanned glow that so many are looking for. Think about San Diego sunless tanning? Sunless spray tanning offers zero health risks with all the benefits of a sun tan.
Risking your health to look good is not a wise choice. Take it from my grandma who is a lifelong San Diego native. She surfed her whole life and was out in the sun everyday of her childhood and young adulthood. She always protected her skin and did all the right things. And she looks great! These measures work wonders. Over time you will see the beautiful results. Try it!