All you can drink resorts are fabulous, who can say no to that? Well it turns out that those yummy Piña coladas and daiquiris might be more than a beachside treat.
According to a study taken by the British Journal of Dermatology havingmore than on drink increases your risk for skin cancer by 20%, and drinking poolside only increases your risk. The alcohol from the drinks metabolize in your body turning into a compound called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde heightens the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays, increasing the likelihood for cell damage and cancer.
Another thing to consider, is while imbibing in those yummy cocktails people are more likely to neglect the basics when it comes to sun safety. “When you’re boozing at the beach, you’re less likely to be conscientious of applying sunscreen,” says Dr. Michael Shapiro, medical director of Vanguard Dermatology in New York City.
So if you are planning a spring break trip, or just a quick relaxing day at the pool keep these tips in mind.
30 minutes before you head out into the sun apply a high spf sunscreen. No matter your complexion protect your skin! It’s important to give it time to absorb intoi the skin so don’t rush it.
Don’t over indulge
The fewer the drinks the better, but if you plan to indulge just keep in mind each additional drink consumed increases your skin to be at risk.
A Designated Reapplier
Just like a designated driver, while drinking and beaching make sure you have one responsible person in your crew that will make sure everyone keeps their skin covered in sunscreen. Every 2 hours is the general rule, and that timeline is shortened if you’ve gotten your skin wet.