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How to protect yourself from the sun

Greek islands ● 13 March 2018
 

Essential part of happy vacation in Greece is to stay healthy. The constantly shining sun during summer on the Greek islands is not a myth. Especially in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, the chance of rain in July and August is significantly low. The sun is the fountain of life and is combined with several benefits such as good mood, lack of anxiety and depression, creativity, better bone density and lower chances of cancer. There is nothing more relaxing than lying on your sunbed and enjoying the warm sun on your face.

However, the sun can be dangerous if you don't protect yourself. During summer, the sun from 12 to 3 p.m. can cause a sun- or heatstroke, so you have to be careful in order to enjoy only the benefits of the Greek sun without suffering afterwards or having to deal with skin cancer, which is caused in 90% by sun exposure. With these tips, you can take preventative measures, avoid skin cancer and generally take advantage of the sun without having to worry about anything. Prevention is always better than treatment!

Greek sun


1. Use sunscreen protection on your whole body of at least 15 SPF. We recommend using on your face sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

2. Sunscreen cream must be water-resistant in order to protect you while swimming. Remember that sea water does not protect you from the sun, the UVA and UVB radiation.

3. Reapply the cream every 2 hours, especially after swimming and sweating.

4. Apply the cream 30 minutes before leaving your hotel. Thus, you have the protection needed from the first moment you go out. The sun is dangerous not only on the beach but also while walking, driving or going by the caique to the beach.

5. Don't forget your sunglasses and your hat. Especially a hat is the only way to protect yourself from a sunstroke.

6. From 12 to 3 p.m., stay on the beach under an umbrella. There are many organised beaches on the Greek islands, where you can rent a sunbed and an umbrella, but many other beaches are secluded and unorganised. Be sure you take with you an umbrella and plenty of water.

7. Babies under the age of six months should not be exposed in direct sunlight even with sunscreen protection.

8. Protect your children by letting them play in the shade wearing protective clothes. When they swim, they should use sunscreen protection of at least 30 SPF.


Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel in Naxos, Greece Aeolis Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Aeolis Boutique Hotel
Naxos Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Modern, boutique hotel conveniently located 200 m from the center of the historic town of Naxos and 2 minutes walk from the beach of Agios Georgios. The distance from the main port of the island is 500 m and from the Naxos airport 2,5 km.

Studio & Appartment in Skyros, Greece Skyros Panorama Studios
Skyros Panorama Studios
Molos, 34007 Skyros, Greece

Skyros Panorama Studios is located in the Molos area of Skyros, 300 meters from the most popular beach of Molos in Skyros. Linaria port is 10 km away from the property, while Skyros Airport is 12 km away.

Appartment in Chania, Greece Icarus Hotel
9.5 10
Icarus Hotel
Agiou Fanouriou, Kalamaki, 73100 Chania, Greece

Icarus Hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the popular, well-organized beach in Kalamaki resort. The historic town of Chania is at 7 km, while Souda Port is 12 km away. Ioannis Daskalogiannis International Airport is at 26 km.


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