We spend a lot of time in tropical countries around the world. We love this lifestyle, but it does come with some risks, like sunburn for example. This has caused many people to wonder how we handle natural sun protection.
Tropical countries are situated around the equator which makes them more susceptible to warmer weather; another characteristic of the tropical areas is that the sun shines directly on them, and it is especially far warmer during summer months, which constitutes most of the year.
So when you travel to tropical countries, you are bound to experience a drastic climate change and that is something your body needs to adjust to slowly. One of the major problems occurs when you travel from extremely cold climates to a tropical one. After spending so long in the cooler atmosphere, your skin automatically tends to grow pale and more accustomed to the lack of much sunlight.
That is why the sudden shift to the tropical climate might sometimes be a bit harmful for the skin. Here are my top five tips on how to deal with the tropical sun in a way that you don’t harm yourself and your skin by getting sunburn.
Avoid travelling when the sun is directly overhead
Noon is the time where the sun is directly over the equator and hence directly over tropical countries. At this time, the sun is extremely bright and very powerful. The rays of the sun at this period are not good for the body and end up doing a lot of harm. So try to stay out of open areas during these hours. Visiting places like the beach is best kept for the mornings and evenings rather than during noon time.
Use the right protection
If you’ve been living in a cold area with little or no sun, then your skin is bound to be sensitive to direct sunlight. So when you move to or travel to a tropical area, you need to be wary of the sun. Protect yourself from harmful rays. Your skin needs to adapt to the change in climate and this is a relatively slow process. That is why, you need to cover your skin and protect against harmful rays of the sun for at least two weeks to let your skin ease itself into the new climate.
If you are visiting a place, chances are you won’t have the luxury of remaining indoors for very long periods of time; that means you need to cover up. And the parts of your skin that are still uncovered can be protected using a good quality sunscreen. They are very many in number and availability, and most of them are effective.
Learn not to fear the sun; just limit it
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which is important to us in many ways. For instance, Vitamin D is essential to prevent Scurvy. At the same time, too much of it can be harmful because the rays are so full of heat. So make sure to get the right amount of sun- not too much and not too little.
If you absolutely cannot avoid going out into the sun, cover up with long sleeves or hats or umbrellas.