The Ministry of the Interior announced today that this year 57 bathing beaches will be open to tens of thousands of vacationers during the Passover holiday, prior to the opening of the official bathing season, in order to protect the safety of beachgoers.
The ICA wishes everyone a pleasant vacation, and reminds vacationers that they can enjoy their vacation while following the "Sun Smart®" rules, at the beach, and while partaking in any recreational activity where they are liable to be exposed to the sun, such as a picnic or hike.
So How Do We Stay Sun Smart? ICA Recommendations:
Seek Shade - stay in the shade when outdoors, however, it should be kept in mind that UV rays are also reflected off the sand and/or water on the beach or at the swimming pool.
SUn hat - make sure you wear a hat before going outdoors, preferably a wide-brimmed hat that protects your facial skin and delicate skin around your eyes, as well as the nape of your neck.
SuNglasses - it is recommended to wear UV protective sunglasses that filter out harmful UV rays.
Long-Sleeved Protective Clothing - it is important to dress in long-sleeved clothing so that your body is covered and protected (long sleeves and pants). Tight knit fabric, such as cotton, provides the most UV protection.
Make sure you go outdoors when it's safe - avoid being in the sun during peak hours: between 10.00 and 16.00, when UV rays are strongest. Babies should not be exposed to the sun, particularly up to the age of 6 months.
Sunscreen against ultraviolet rAys - it is recommended to apply unscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher that offers broad-spectrum protection from UVA & UVB to the areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, about a half an hour prior to going outdoors. How to apply sunscreen: apply one layer, and then when it is absorbed into the skin, apply another layer, meaning apply a double coat, in order not to miss any spots.
Drink wateR - While outdoors, in the sun, you should drink a lot of water. Take plenty of liquids with you, as the body perspires and dehydrates in hot weather.