Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a quality shade solution?
Why You Need Shade at the Beach
The summer sun can be quite dangerous. As mentioned in our Skin Cancer Prevention blog, UVA and UVB rays pose a threat to our skin even on the cloudiest of days. Overexposure to sunlight often causes permanent skin damage and greatly increases the risk of skin cancer.
Particularly when you’re on the beach, the stakes for skin cancer prevention are much higher. You’re bound to intensify harmful exposure when spending the day on a bright beach wearing just swimwear between the hottest hours of the day. In fact, even dry beach sand reflects up to 15% of UV rays, exposing your skin from all angles. (Source: World Health Organization)
While sunscreen certainly can help minimize sun exposure and damage, it can’t always provide the most effective protection at the beach. Cooling off in the water or even breaking a sweat on the shore makes sunscreen half as effective unless you remember to constantly reapply.
In order to effectively prevent sun damage and overexposure, you need a reliable high-quality shade solution. Here are 5 beach essentials for effective summer shade.