Sea & Sand Can Increase UV Radiation by 25%

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UV Radiation Increased By The Sea Or Pool

UV increased by waterThe sun’s UV harmful rays have a dramatic impact on skin’s health. Exposing the skin to UV radiation can cause long term aging, wrinkles, sun spots and skin cancer. When do people get most exposed to UV? During their vacations, hanging out at the sea or beside the pool. Sun UV radiation may increase by 25% near water or sea sand.

UV Light Reflects From Water Surface

UV is light which is just outside the visible colors spectrum. UV rays behave the same as any light wave flashed. We know the sun and sky reflect from sea water, the bright yellow beach sands reflect sun light too.

When you are at the beach, UV radiation is pounding the body 360°. Sitting in the shade of a beach umbrella will reduce only part of the UV the body is exposed to which is projected from the sun.

Long UV rays called UVA reflect off the sea water, UVA reflect from the yellow beach sands increasing the overall exposure by 25%! That is a lot of UV radiation for long hours.

UVA & UVB Overdose Facts

Many people think that if they stay in the shade or wear a T shirt at the beach, they are covered and protected from UV. But that is not true. The sun sends two kinds of rays. UVA and UVB.

UVB are the (short) ‘skin burning’ rays. Wearing a T shirt or sitting in the shade, will reduce the chances to get burned. UVB has impact only on the outer skin layers, and can influence tanning or skin burns.

UVA are the (longer) skin cancer rays.. They reflect of shinny surfaces like water or sand. UVA can penetrate clouds and most fabrics. UVA reaches your skin and has impact on lower skin layers which will cause aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. SPF creams can protect only from UVB rays, they have no impact on UVA filtering.

Who is at Risk From Water UV Reflection

  • Swimming – Wearing swimming trunks or bikini the body is heavily exposed to UV. Then resting by the sea or pool side getting side UV reflection.
  • Canoing – Upper body exposed for hours. 
  • Sailing – Due to wind and water sparkles, UVB heat is unnoticed. 
  • Surfing – Like swimming, it means hours of total sun exposure with increase UV due to water reflection.
  • Snorkeling – UV drumming over back of swimmer, as snorkeling means static floating at coral beach waters.
  • Fishing – Partial UV reflection, depend on where the fisherman stands and how far from the water source.

Wearing UV Protection Water Clothing

Today one of the best ways to protect the body from UV radiation near or inside water, is wearing UV treated fabrics, which block UV.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor – UPF – is the common rating to measure UV protection level for clothes. In this post we will not talk about casual UPF clothing, but UPF clothes made for water leisure and water sports.

Like rash guard suits, UPF clothes protect the skin from both UVB (skin burns) and UVA (long term damage).

Short Sleeve UPF Swimming ShirtShort Sleeve UPF Shirts – These shirts are like regular T shirts designs. The are great for swimmers, their main advantages are: Protection from rash and jelly fish burns, quick dry microfiber knit fabric, flat-lock stitches, and must be UPF 50. The max protection level available. Check HERE for short sleeve UPF shirts with Amazon discount.

Long Sleeve UPF Skin Wetsuit Rash GuardLong Sleeve UPF Wetsuit – The long sleeve wetsuits with UPF 50 ratings are recommended for those who understand the risks of intense UV radiation on their arms and upper body. Such wetsuit rash guard are for snorkeling, surfing, sailing and canoing. They cover the whole upper body, with the same quick dry, microfiber knit fabric, flat-lock stitches and UPF 50 highest protection level. Check here for UPF rash guard suit options.

Water and sands are part of the nature we enjoy. Being protected from UV reflection is just as important as drinking water and wearing a hat. Though heat stroke is dangerous at the short term, sun UV damage takes it’s toll withing a few years.

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