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Your summer plans involve a week-long luxury yacht charter in the Bahamas. You have fair skin that burns easily, and you want to make sure to bring the right skincare product to protect you from the sun on your yacht charter vacation.
Important terms to consider are SPF, UVA, UVB, waterproof, and water resistant.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the number, the more protection you are offered from the sun’s harmful UVB rays. The SPF number shown on the bottle is equal to the amount of time you can stay in the sun without burning. If a sunscreen is SPF 30, you can stay in the sun 30 times longer without burning than you could if you weren’t wearing any. This is particularly helpful for Bahamas yacht charters, where you are enjoying the beach and the water sports toys, and you don’t realize that you are burning.
SPF sunscreen ratings go above 50. The difference between an SPF 30 and an SPF 50 is only 1 to 2%, so save your money and don’t purchase the highest SPF you can find. Just be diligent about making sure that you’re always wearing your SPF 30 on your Bahama yacht charters.
Do the UVA and UVB ratings on the sunscreen matter? YES!
UVA rays are primarily responsible for the aging effects of the sun on your skin (UVA rays break down the collagen in your skin, which causes wrinkles), and UVA rays can cause skin cancer.
UVB rays, on the other hand, are responsible for sunburns and skin cancer.
Always choose a sunscreen product that has both UVA/UVB protection or is a “broad spectrum” protectant.
Since you’ll be jet skiing, water skiing, snorkeling, and likely spending a lot of time in the water on your Caribbean yacht charter, make sure to select a sunscreen that is either waterproof or water resistant. Waterproof sunscreens provide longer protection in the water than do their water resistant counterparts.
Bottom line – choose at least an SPF 30 sunscreen that is waterproof or water resistant and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and you’ll be all set for your superyacht vacation!