How to Have Fun in the Sun (Safely)

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Sierra Vista lazy river is nearing completion. Soon our residents will be floating their cares away while enjoying warm water and white sand beaches. Knowing that more fun in the sun is on the way, we’ve compiled a handy list of how you can spend loads of time outside safely:

Slather on the Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears and hands. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating.

Made in the Shade

Limit your time in direct sunlight, especially during peak UV hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are by the pool, spend time under a pavilion or in a cabana. Umbrellas also work.

Wear Protective Clothing

Cover up with lightweight, tightly woven clothing that offers sun protection. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face, neck and ears, and choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes. There are many swimsuits that provide all over protection.

Slurp Down Water

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when spending time outdoors in the sun. Dehydration can exacerbate the effects of sun exposure and lead to heat-related illnesses.

Check the UV Index

Check the UV index forecast before heading outdoors to gauge the strength of the sun’s rays. Plan outdoor activities accordingly and take extra precautions on days when UV levels are high.

Protect Your Kids

Children, especially babies, have very delicate skin. Protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep infants under 6 months of age out of direct sunlight and dress them in lightweight, protective clothing. Apply sunscreen to children over 6 months old and encourage them to seek shade and stay hydrated. Bring snacks and picnic in a shady area to lessen their exposure.

Be Mindful of Medications

Some medications, such as certain antibiotics, antihistamines and acne medications, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Be aware of any potential side effects and take extra precautions when outdoors.

Practice Sun Safety Year-Round

Sun safety is important year-round, not just during the summer months. UV radiation can penetrate clouds and cause skin damage even on cloudy or overcast days. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing whenever you’re outdoors, regardless of the season.

Learn More About Our Lazy River

The Sierra Vista lazy river is going to be a great addition to our community’s many amenities. Stop by to view our master plan and learn more about it.

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