Be it during the off-season, end-of-the-year holiday season, or full-fledged summer season, so-called “beach bums” will relish the opportunity for a quick getaway.And what better destination is there than the Philippines, a beautiful hub of islands with no short supply of Vitamin Sea? In the case of tourist hotspot Batangas, access to soft white sand, a gentle breeze, crystalline waters, and enchanting marine wildlife are only a few hours away from Metro Manila. In many ways, Batangas is an ideal escape.
But one thing any reveler should be careful of, wherever they are in the Philippines, is its notorious heat index. In the summer, the temperature can get as high as 38° C. Exposing one’s bare skin to the sun can feel punishing, but it can also be dangerous as well. If you don’t keep up a proper skincare regimen at the beach, you’re at risk of incurring sunburn, dry skin, and irritation. You could even up your chances of getting skin cancer, one of the world’s most common forms of cancer, from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
That said, preparing your skin for a day out at the beach is one of the best precautions you can take for the whole trip. Before you hit up your favorite beach resort in Batangas, make sure you’ve checked off on the following items.
1.Apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is crucial for proper UV protection. It’s recommended that you choose the broad spectrum variety (capable of blocking off both long-wave ultraviolet A rays and short-wave ultraviolet B rays) with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Use sunscreen liberally (enough liquid sunscreen to fill a shot glass for every coat you put on), and re-apply every two hours that you’ll be exposing yourself to the sun’s rays.
2. Protect your face and neck with a hat. Pack a hat that can shade your scalp, face, nose, and neck from the onslaught of the heat. You can opt for a sturdy baseball cap, but this beach trip might also be the perfect opportunity to rock the jumbo straw hat look that you see on social media!
3. Wear UPF clothing. Though the heat may tempt you to go bare-skinned for as long as possible, it’s actually safer to keep your skin protected with clothing. For the hours that you won’t spend frolicking in the water, cover your body with clothes that have high UV protection factor, or UPF. To determine how UV-resistant a piece of clothing is, you can refer to its labels.
4. Drink a lot of water. Prolonged exposure to both the sun and seawater will really serve to dehydrate your skin. As such, you need to drink a lot of water to rehydrate your skin, as well as the rest of your body. Don’t forget to bring several tumblers of cool, clean water along with you to the beach’s picnic or sunbathing areas.
5. Go out when the sun isn’t so strong. If you can help it, save your excursion to the beach proper for when the sun isn’t at peak strength. The hottest hours of the day are between noon and 3:00PM; at these hours, you will be most vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays. Use the time to stay indoors, rest, and have some refreshments at your resort’s restaurant or bar area.
Following these tips should keep the beach outing to Batangas feeling safe, comfortable, and easygoing on your skin. Here’s to a wonderful day out in one of the country’s top summer destinations and to achieving that healthy, sun-kissed glow that you’ve always wanted.
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