All About the Cretan Sun (to be safe and not sorry)

We love the Cretan sun. Actually, sunbathing is one of the most favourite activity during our holiday in Crete, a time to relax in front of the sea or by the pool without having to worry about anything.

Ancient Greeks had mentioned the healing effects of sun exposure called "heliosis". Also, sun tan and bronzed skin make people glow in their the summer look. However, over exposure to the sun can lead to bad effect, from sunspot or wrinkle to sunburn or skin cancer. During your holiday in Crete is important to know how to sunbathe safely. Here are some tips for a safe sunbathing: 1. Understand your tanning time. Cretan sun is very strong during summer months and temperature reaches to 35 °C (or 95 degrees farhrenheit). People with light skin are more susceptible to the sun's damaging effects. Avoid direct sun exposure for 11am to 4 pm. Remember not to over expose your skin to the sun and that sun burning is your biggest enemy. 2. Choose the right sunscreen. Sunscreen products that are labeled "broad-spectrum" can provide protection against both UVB and UVA rays, but don't rely 100% protection on chemical SPS. To cover up and stay in the shade is perhaps healthier. 3. Wear Your Sunglasses And A Hat The lack of awareness of sun safety has put people at risk for overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for their skin. Moreover, consider than sunstroke is a form of heat stroke caused by being exposed to harsh sunlight. Choose to wear large-framed sunglasses and a hat that offer protection not only in the front and the top of the head, but also around the neck and ears. Remember that it is always hotter in the sun than in the shade. 4. Eat sun-friendly foods Eating light and real food diet based on fruit and vegetables, taking specific supplements like carotene, drinking lots of fluids and avoiding alcohol can boost your sun protection.

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