Whether you’re out on the water fishing or spending more time with friends and family, boating offers immense benefits to the body and mind. As you enjoy your boat cruises, delighting in the slight salt-spray and glorious feel of the wind on your skin, you should also be wary of sun damage. Besides cancer, there's the risk of premature aging, sunburn, cataracts, and immune system suppression.
How does sun exposure damage the body?
The link between overt sun exposure and skin cancer lies in the damage to skin cell DNA. Over time, the damage to the DNA can become great, causing skin cells to grow out of control, causing the dreaded cancer.
Also, overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is a leading risk factor for early aging.
In addition, sunburn is another worrying risk, as it leaves reddish spots on the skin that causes pain and may develop into blisters.
Another severe risk factor is heat stroke, which begins as exhaustion or even fainting, but could progress to severe brain damage.
While enjoying your boat cruises, you shouldn’t have to worry about exposing yourself to the risk of sunburn and even developing skin cancer over time - that can mar your experience. Rather, take the right precautions when you’re out at sea on a boat cruise and have the time of your life!
How to stay safe from the damaging effects of the sun
There are multiple ways to stay safe on the water, here are some.
Wear wide-brimmed hats
Wear wide-brimmed hats whenever you're out on a boat cruise to avoid damage to your face, neck, ears, and shoulders. They not only prevent sunburn but also have a cooling and refreshing effect on the skin. The limitation of hats is that you sometimes may not want to wear one. Moreover, they don’t shade the whole body.
Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays is a must before venturing outdoors. Always apply liberally to any skin that will be showing. However, sunscreens are not without their downsides. For one, many people have reported side effects such as allergic reactions and aggravation of acne. Plus, you have to keep re-applying, especially since you’ll be outdoors - which can be very inconvenient. Also, remember that sunscreen is most effective when used in tandem with other measures.
Use boat shades or covers
Retractable boat shades are the most efficient way to stay protected while at sea. Here are some options regarding shade tops for boats.
Side curtains are canvas enclosures supported by a metal framework, typically installed in the boat's cockpit to provide shade. They're very flexible because you can put them up or take them down depending on your state of mind.
Retractable boat shades are the most versatile options of the lot, as you can easily deploy it when the weather is cool and retract when the weather is cool. With no poles, ropes or other dangerous clutter, you can be sure nothing will get in the way of your fun activities! Installation of your boat shade is also available.
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