Let’s get (a little) sandy!
As the summer kicks into high gear we’ll all start spending more and more time at the beach. Although this is great news, a day at the beach can get a little frustrating at times especially if you plan on going with small children. Whether your plans includes kids or not, below are some good tips to keep in mind before heading out so your day can be as good as you imagined it would be.
- Pack talcum powder (baby powder)
We all love the feel of warm sand between our toes but the feel of warm sand in other places on our body isn’t so pleasant. Pack a small travel size of talcum powder on your next beach trip. Apply to areas of the skin where sand is stuck and rub gently. The powder will absorb the moisture and the sand will easily fall off.
- Pack petroleum jelly
Another great item to pack or to apply prior to leaving is petroleum jelly. Apply a liberal amount to the inner thighs or under arms, prior to getting wet for a care free day. When salt water dries it leaves behind a layer of, you guessed it, salt. That salt acts as sandpaper between your legs or under your arms creating a rash also known as chafing. Once the damage is done it’s too late so don’t forget!
- Leave the jellyfish alone
Jellyfish are a very interesting sea creature, some are beautiful to look at others are just a blob of “jelly”, either way stay clear of them. Some jellyfish are poisonous and some are harmless. Some will sting you and some will kill you (although rare). To err on the side of caution take the high road and don’t play with them like a can of Silly Putty. Some remedies for a jellyfish sting include rinsing the wound with vinegar or baking soda paste, a cold compress or applying anti-itch medicine. Typically the pain will subside within a few hours. If the pain doesn’t seem to be getting any better seek medical attention.
- Sun protection
Here at Always Sandy Apparel we could go on for days about sun protection but we’ll keep it short and sweet. Protective clothing; It’s always good to wear a hat and sunglasses but a swim shirt (Available soon at Always Sandy Apparel), also known as a rash guard or UV shirt is a great idea. These shirts come in short and long sleeves and protect you from a rash if you are surfing or body boarding, but also from the sun’s harmful UV rays. These shirts are made primarily of spandex, polyester and nylon so you can go in the water with them and they will dry extremely fast once you leave the water. Sunscreen: Applying a generous amount of sunscreen prior to leaving for the beach will give it enough time to dry and penetrate the skin which will allow it to its job of keeping you safe. Reapplying every couple of hours is a good idea. Lip balm with sun protection is also a necessity for a day at the beach.
Have something to add? comment below with your best tips and tricks for a great day at the beach.
The Always Sandy Team