Nothing beats a sunny day at the beach, but the last thing you want is to end it with a painful sunburn. At Edge Of The Beach Realty, we want to make sure your beach days are enjoyable and safe. Here are five essential tips to help you prevent sunburn and keep your skin healthy.

5 Tips To Prevent Sunburn

 1. Apply Sunscreen Generously to Avoid Sunburn

Choose the Right SPF

The first step in sunburn prevention is choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This ensures protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, and don’t forget those easy-to-miss spots like the tops of your feet, ears, and the back of your neck.

Use Coral-Safe Sunscreen

When selecting sunscreen, make sure to choose coral-safe options to help protect the ocean wildlife in South Carolina and preserve our beautiful coral reefs. Many traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that can harm marine ecosystems, so opting for eco-friendly products is a simple way to make a big difference.

Reapply Sunscreen Often

Sunscreen isn’t a one-and-done deal. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. A waterproof sunscreen is a good choice for beach days, but even these need reapplication to stay effective.

2. Seek Shade to Prevent Sunburn

Bring an Umbrella or Tent

UV rays are strongest when the sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, it’s wise to take breaks in the shade. Bring along a beach umbrella or pop-up tent to create your own shaded oasis.

From Town of Pawleys Island

TENTS & CHAIRS – Please remove your tents, tent frames & beach chairs when you leave the beach for the day to deter vandalism. We also ask that you fill in large holes in the Sand. These items impeded the nesting process of sea turtles.

Town of Pawleys Island

Use Natural Shade

If you forget your umbrella, look for natural shade options like trees or beachside structures. Sitting under a palm tree gives you a tropical vibe and protects you from the harsh sun.

Cabana Boy Beach Rental Service provides tent rental service to Pawleys Island and surrounding areas.


3. Wear Protective Clothing to Prevent Sunburn

Opt for Long-Sleeved Shirts and Hats

Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats can be lifesavers. They shield your skin from direct sun exposure and help keep you cool. Look for clothing with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for added defense.

Surf The Earth located in Pawleys Island is an excellent source for all of your beachwear needs.

Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes is just as important as shielding your skin. Sunglasses with UV protection will help prevent sunburn on your eyelids and reduce the risk of eye damage from prolonged sun exposure.


4. Stay Hydrated

Drink Plenty of Water

Spending time in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated and your skin healthy. Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it regularly.

Avoid Excessive Alcohol

While a cold beer or cocktail might be tempting, alcohol can dehydrate you even more. If you indulge, balance it with extra water to stay hydrated.

5. Monitor Your Skin for Signs of Sunburn

Check for Signs of Sunburn

Even with all precautions, sometimes sunburn happens. Check your skin regularly for signs of redness or discomfort. If you notice any early signs of sunburn, cover up, seek shade, and apply a soothing aloe vera gel.

Listen to Your Body

Your body will often give you signals before you realize you’re burning. If you start feeling overheated, dizzy, or tired, it’s time to take a break from the sun.


By following these tips, you can enjoy your time at the beach without the worry of sunburn. Remember, sun protection is key to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. Stay safe and have fun out there!

Edge Of The Beach Realty is here to help you make the most of your coastal experience. For more tips and local insights, stay tuned to our blog.

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Make it a great day,
Joanne Gillet Owner/Broker
SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist 

Let’s chat, call me at 843 655 6343

Edge Of The Beach Realty
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
843 655 6343

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