Blessed are the early risers, because an hour or two of morning sun provides serotonin that wards off depression and supplies the body with what it needs to produce vitamin D.
Otherwise, absorb your quota of sunshine nearer sunset. While the ship is in port, evenings are cooler and potentially less crowded for walking barefoot on the beach, taking sightseeing excursions or exploring local attractions.
Still, there will arise don’t-miss opportunities between noon and 4 P.M. when those ultraviolet rays are lethal. That’s why sunscreen exists.
Slather your Skin with Sunscreen
If you’re taking a cruise vacation to the tropics, sun rays will cause sunburn about two times quicker than “normal” sunshine in places, such as Texas or New Jersey. Consistent over-exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun can lead to skin cancers. Not something you want to manifest on your cruise vacation!
Per the American Academy of Dermatology, get a water-resistant sunscreen, which is SPF 30 or higher to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Note: Remember to apply sunscreen again, after swimming.
Sun Protective Clothing
Holy ever living wow! Imagine, clothing that protects your skin from UV rays. However, don’t toss your trusty sunscreen yet. Even this revolutionary line of clothing can’t shield the sun from uncovered areas of your skin.
It’s not unusual to be negligent in protecting the scalp from sunburn. Think itchy, painful, flaky scalp, should it happen to you. Or, get proactive and wear a wide-brimmed hat, scarf or baseball cap. If you opt for a cap, apply sunscreen to your neck and ears.
You can still go bare headed, without having to smear greasy sunscreen on your hair. Get the powdered or spray form of sunscreen that is specifically developed for head protection.
Choose the Right Sunglasses for your Cruise Vacation
Extended exposure to UV rays can harm your eyes. But the importance of wearing the right sunglasses on the water may be a shocker.
Sunglasses must do double duty on your cruise vacation and not only protect your eyes from harmful rays, but also from the glare. Without them, you’ll keep squinting in efforts to see clearly, which can cause you to suffer eye fatigue.
Quality sunglasses have polarized lenses that eliminate that ghastly glare, which reflects from the ocean, passing ships and even the deck. Wraparounds perform best, by protecting your peripheral vision and blocking the wind and spray.
And just think how tres chic you’ll appear to other passengers, in your Hollywood-style eyewear.
Your Secret Tactics
Long before you embark on your cruise vacation, you can implement this little-known strategy for solar safety. It has been scientifically proven that antioxidants contained in specific foods help safeguard your skin from sunburn and its long-term consequences.
For example, tomatoes contain the high-powered antioxidant Lycopene, which is a strong deterrent against sunburn. The antioxidant, catechins in green tea protect your skin from UV-generated inflammation. Flavonoids are properties in dark chocolate that enhance your skin’s defense against sunburns. Vitamin C has long been known a skin protectant. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which can reduce DNA skin damage, from UVB exposure.
This is called defending yourself against sun damage from the inside out.
Who can take just one cruise vacation? Now that you’re becoming a savvy cruiser, you’ll likely start planning the next cruise as soon as your feet step on solid ground!