While you’re enjoying the summer, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to protect yourself from the sun. Skin exposure without protection can lead to serious long-term effects, and too much heat can cause sunstroke.
A few simple tips for staying sun-safe in your hot tub:
Plan your time in your hot tub
Remember, the sun is strongest in the late morning and afternoon, so try to avoid being out in your hot tub during these times. It’s best to enjoy your hot tub in the earlier morning, or in the evening and night, to avoid exposure to an excess of UV rays. Don’t spend too much time in it at once. 15 minutes is all you need to get your daily therapeutic boost.
We often ask owners about their installation plans for their new hot tub, and we always encourage them to find a spot that provides a level of shade, or to invest in a large umbrella that can provide a flexible level of protection when the sun is too strong. Permanent solutions include a pergola or gazebo, while a quality patio umbrella or shade sail can give you the option to keep your hot tub open to the night sky or early morning breeze, with protection when you need it.
Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen!
As with all outdoor summertime activities, if you plan on using your hot tub during the day always remember to apply and re-apply a waterproof sunscreen that can keep your skin protected. Just remember that this might add to the maintenance required for your hot tub water. Put the sunscreen on at least 15 minutes before, and re-apply the sunscreen after you’re done in the hot tub if you plan on staying out in the sun.
The more your body heats, the more need you to keep yourself hydrated. Before you get into your hot tub, make sure to drink a full glass of water, and bring out a bottle or two to sip on as you soak. Listen to your body, and when you feel it’s getting too hot, it’s time to get out and step back inside or under the shade.