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If this is the first time you’re reading one of my posts then there are a couple things you should know about me. First, I am Mexican and a son of the sun! Since I was a little kid, one of my favorite things to do is spend time outside. When the time came for a family vacation, there was no other place to be but the amazing beaches of Acapulco! In its warm deep blue waters, I learned to swim and embrace the sea as my second home. So it only makes sense that 3 years ago I moved from Mexico City to the sunny Playa del Carmen, one of the most beautiful places of the Mexican Caribbean where I can go to the beach at least once a week… cool right?
After years of living under the sun (hey, this cinnamon skin tone doesn’t happen overnight, my friends!) the Do the Daniel team thought it was a good idea for me to share with you some wisdom for enjoying the sun! Cause you know how a sunburn can really mess up your vacation – especially if you have pale skin like Daniel’s.
So, here’s a quick summertime guide from a frequent beach goer. My wife Maria and I have been practicing these tips for years!
- The most important thing of all: Always stay hydrated. You won’t believe how much water you lose from just lying there, sweating. It’s like becoming a human pastry! And if you’re an active person, it’s worse. So remember to drink enough water before, during and after your sun-bathing or volleyball session.
- Apply a broad-spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher sunscreen 15 minutes BEFORE exposing your skin to the sun. It’s a common mistake to pour it all on right when you’re ready to lay on the sand. Remember you’re exposed the minute you’re out, so apply your sunscreen before leaving your room. Reapply at least every 2 hours. If your sunscreen is water-resistant, apply 80 minutes after swimming or sweating and immediately after towel drying.
- How about staying out in the sun for long periods? Big no-no! Try to keep out of the sun and heat in peak hours (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m). Bring an umbrella or wear a hat and sunglasses to the beach to limit your direct exposure. A sunburn can really mess up all of your plans. I’m sure you don’t want to look like an orange crab in your travel photos. So, find some shade to give your skin a break!
- Always keep after-sun relief in your bag or travel pack just in case. Maria and I have an aloe plant at home, which is a remedy for for skin injuries like a sunburn or mosquito bites. Also, cucumber is a natural skin freshener. Be sure to keep one in the fridge and apply if you must (no kidding! It’s mamma’s remedy!). If you don’t have immediate access to the healing powers of nature, those gels found at the drugstore work just fine too.
- Keep in mind that we are exposed to the sun all the time, whether at the beach, the city or even in your car. No matter what you’re doing, keep sun protection on your mind.
Ever since I was that little kid running on the beach, I remember mom yelling: “Come here, let me put some Coppertone on you!” no matter what lotion she’d packed for the adventure – the Coppertone name has always been synonymous with sunscreen in our house.
Nowadays, there are so many sunscreen lotions on the market to choose from. I really recommend finding one you’ll wear. For me, texture matters so I prefer a lightweight formula that feels like you’re not wearing any sunscreen at all – like the Coppertone Sport® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50. It gives you broad spectrum sunburn protection (that means it filters UVA and UVB rays) and won’t run into your eyes when you sweat. Back in the day, I really hated the smell of lotion but I actually like the smell of Coppertone Sport!
Have another cool tip and would like to share it with me? Find me as @pepeyanez on Instagram and Twitter and of course follow @DoTheDaniel and let me know how you are helping to protect your skin from sunburns using #CoppertoneCA. Enjoy life under the sun!
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