The Importance Of Sunscreen At The Pool

Several years ago, people did not care much about sunscreen products. Thankfully, awareness about the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays has been raised. Consumers have become more knowledgeable about sunscreens as well.

As a pool owner, this product should be a regular part of your swimming routine. In fact, it should be viewed as a health product because it offers plenty of health benefits. You probably already know that you need to apply sunscreen before you start swimming or even when you go out to be by the pool. However, choosing a sunscreen can be a stressful experience once you see the many choices and ad claims.

It is difficult to pick the right sunscreen since there are options, such as water-resistant, high SPF values, and broad spectrum. According to the Food and Drug Administration, bigger is not always better when it comes to SPF. For instance, if you see SPF 100 and SPF 50 you should not instantly go for the first one since some products can be misleading.

There is not much difference between the two. When applied correctly, SPF 100 sunscreens can block up to 99% of UVB rays while SPF 50 blocks 98%. Going for a higher SPF does not mean you can stay under the sun for a longer period. Many of the products fail to block UVA rays, which go deeper into the skin, causing free radicals to propagate. 

Therefore, you should look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide, which is the best ingredient for keeping UVA rays away.

Also, go for one that says “broad spectrum” since it offers protection against the two types of rays. It means the product comes with ingredients, such as cinnamates, benzophenones, salicylates, and titanium dioxide.

Additionally, since you will be swimming, make sure that you choose water-resistant sunscreen. Note that it has a very important connotation. According to the FDA, water-resistant means that the SPF will stay effective even after you are in the water for 40 minutes. Some products can even last for 80 minutes. Water-resistant does not mean waterproof, however, so you still need to reapply after your time in the water.

According to experts, here are the things you need to do for a successful application:
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go out and enjoy the pool.
  • Women who cannot resist wearing makeup before dipping in the water should apply sunscreen under their makeup.
  • Take an ounce (or two tablespoons) for the whole body. 
  • Never skimp on the amount of sunscreen you apply. Several studies have proven that people tend to apply less than what is necessary. As a result, they only get 25% of the benefits at the most.
  • Sunscreen should be applied to every part of the body, including the ears, the back of the legs, and any bald spot you may have.
  • Use a lip balm that can offer protection for your lips against the sun’s damaging UV rays.
  • It is recommended to reapply every two hours.
  • If you swim and go under the water, you should re-apply more frequently.

Also, the efficiency of the sunscreen product degrades over time. Therefore, you have to be mindful when it comes to the expiration date. Whenever you are out, you should always put sunscreen on. Even if it is an overcast day, it does not mean the UV rays are absent.

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