Sun Safety on St. Croix

Couple at tropical beach wearing rash guardWhen you make the leap to Caribbean life, you will find yourself outside much more enjoying the tropical weather (88 degrees and sunny generally everyday, year-round).  Most St. Croix residents are active and often found outside enjoying the beach, water sports or other athletic endeavors like running or cycling.  That’s why it is imperative for sun safety to become a part of your everyday routine.

Apply Sunscreen

(over and over!)

Applying a sun lotion or spray with SPF 30 or higher should become part of your morning routine.  Many island ladies choose a make-up foundation or base which already includes it.  Especially if you’re going for a day at the beach or on a boat, apply sunscreen beforehand and hourly while you’re in direct sun.  The sun’s rays reflecting off the ocean water are particularly intense.  Choose a sunscreen that’s waterproof or at least water resistant.

Wear Protective Clothing

Wearing a rash guard (swim shirt made popular by surfers) is a great way to keep the sun off your shoulders, chest and back.  These are sensitive areas where burns are most likely to occur.  Also choose a hat with a brim to protect your face from excess sun exposure. Sunglasses will protect your delicate eyes from harsh UV rays.

Limit Exposure

While it is tempting to sit in the sun all day on St. Croix’s beautiful beaches, try to at least give your skin a break.  How about lunch or a cocktail in the shade of a beachfront restaurant like eat @ cane bay?

Have Aloe On-Hand

Should you get burned, be sure to have aloe vera on-hand (at least for your visitors).  While St. Croix is not home to any 24-hour pharmacies, islanders are lucky enough to have aloe growing wild just about everywhere.  So spot some on the side of the road and partake as needed.  A word to the wise, it stains fabrics in a surprising purple shade.

Visit the Dermatologist

Every year or so it is a good idea to visit your dermatologist for a spot check.  He or she can tell you if any spots are a concern for melanoma.  Preventative checks are the best way to avoid skin cancer.

Chris Hanley is always smart about sun.  He’s also wise about realty, as the top broker on St. Croix in 2014.  Years of experience with homes in the sunny U.S. Virgin Islands has made him the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  Contact him today and download our complimentary guide, the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix. 

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