Even though it feels amazing to spend an entire day just relaxing on the beach without a worry on your mind, too much sun can harm your skin. As Pag is an island with more than 2500 hours of sun a year and a UV index that ranges from high to very high during the summer season, you really need to make sure you’re protected when you step out of the shade.
Here are five essential things that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from sun’s rays and a couple of tips on what to do if you get sunburns!
Drink lots of water
You already know you should drink lots of water as it keeps your body cool, hydrated and works wonders for your skin, and that’s even more true if you plan on spending your day at the beach. You see, sun’s warm rays combined with salt from the sea can make your skin really, really dry, but drinking enough water will help you counter that problem.
Water will refresh you if you get hot, but it also does so much more, so make sure you always pack an extra bottle!
Don’t skimp out on sunscreen
Whether you’re going to the beach for just a couple of minutes or plan on staying a bit longer, always use sunscreen that will protect you from UV rays, just make sure you use the one that’s water-resistant and right for your skin. If you’re darker, you’ll be fine with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 to 20, but if you’re light-skinned and you’re prone to quickly getting sunburned, go for sunscreens with SPFs that are higher than 30. Also, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially if you’re spending your whole day outside.
Sunscreens are now available in many forms, and you can find the right one for yourself in almost every store in camp Šimuni!
Scrub and keep your skin moisturised
Drinking lots of water and using sunscreen is a must, but when you return from the beach, there’s nothing better for your skin than a soft scrub that will clean your body and a moisturising treatment to rejuvenate it. There are dozens of wellness treatments in camp Šimuni’s beauty center and Salt beach, so you’ll easily find the ones that are right for you.
Stay in the shade
Sun on the Croatian coast is the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so if you’re staying outside, try to limit your exposure to direct sunlight during that period. And don’t think that spending all your time in the sea negates the effects of sun’s rays – its reflections from the water’s surface can also leave you with sunburns.
Instead of spending time lying on the beach, find yourself a cozy little place in the shade of nearby trees or under a parasol. Camp Šimuni is full of them, so you can even choose the one you like the most. You can even get a seat in one of Šimuni’s numerous restaurants and bars that are located right on the beach.
Put on a hat and some shades
Summer hats and sunglasses don’t just make you instantly cool, they also protect you from sun’s UV rays, so make sure you always have them by your side. If you plan on spending long hours outside, think about investing in a pair of high-quality sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, as they are the only thing protecting your eyes while you’re chilling at the beach.
Did we mention they’ll instantly make you cool? 🙂
What to do if you get sunburns
If you still get sunburns, don’t worry, there are a couple of easy ways to minimise the pain and discomfort, and to treat them.
- Cool the sunburnt area with regular lukewarm showers
- Use a moisturising lotion after showering to decrease inflammation
- If you don’t have a lotion, you can use milk of yogurt
- Resist the itch to scratch to avoid further irritating the skin
- If you really need to scratch, place ice packs on the skin instead
- Drink lots of water to rehydrate your skin
Now that you know how to protect yourself from the sun, it’s time to get that healthy dose of vitamin D. Book your perfect vacation in Camping Village Šimuni and put your towel on that ideal location on the beach!