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Beating the Burn — the Basics of Sun Protection

Myrtle Beach is known for its beautiful beaches and hot, sunny weather in the summertime. And while on summer vacation, most people spend more time outside than they normally do at home. 

Especially with the beautiful, blue Atlantic Ocean only steps from your room at the Dayton House Resort, you’re sure to spend plenty of time at the beach. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from overexposure to the sun’s rays and the dreaded sunburn.


1.    The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. At 30 SPF, you are blocking about 97 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.   
2.    Make sure the sunscreen you choose is water-resistant, and reapply at least every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming in the ocean or at the pool.
3.    When spending extended periods in direct sunlight, wear protective clothing like sunglasses, hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants. Wide-brimmed hats and cover-ups can be stylish and give you some protection when you have had enough time in the sun.
4.    If you have children, make sure to apply their sunscreen often, especially if they are playing in the water. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that is water-resistant. Limiting your children’s time in the sun can also help. 
5.    Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside so your skin has time to absorb it.
6.    When you are putting on sunscreen, use a generous amount and make sure it is applied to all exposed skin. Don’t forget your ears and scalp, where your skin can be especially sensitive. Some sunscreen brands make a scalp sunscreen spray that will keep your head from burning.
7.    Dayton House Resort is famous for its yellow umbrellas, so make sure to limit your time in the direct sunlight by spending some time enjoying the warm ocean breezes under an umbrella.  
8.    Spray-on sunscreen can be convenient, but it may not give you even protection because it can be hard to know if you applied the sunscreen on all of your exposed skin. If using spray-on sunscreen, be sure to spread it into all exposed skin.     
9.    Limiting your time in the sun between the peak sunlight hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. can help keep you from suffering a sunburn.
10.   If you do get burnt, use a lotion that contains aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin.


Guests are sure to have fun in the warm Myrtle Beach sun this summer at Dayton House Resort — but be sun smart while doing so. Use plenty of water-resistant sunscreen, apply it often, and limit your time in the sun so you won’t go home with a painful burn.