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How to Avoid Sunburn in a Hot Tub

The hot tub is a great way to relieve stress and promote relaxation — all while enjoying the outdoor air. Although many users like to sit in a warm tub during a cool spring night, there is nothing quite like enjoying the experience on a bright, sunny day. Having a cold drink while soaking up the warm water is certainly paradise, but you should take certain precautions to ensure you’re not getting burned by the sun’s rays.

We’ve compiled some tips to help you avoid sunburn while sitting in a hot tub. Take note of these suggestions to ensure you won’t regret the day outdoors.

Wear waterproof sunscreen

A regular sunscreen just won’t do. Be sure to find one that is waterproof with a minimum SPF of 30. Pay particular attention to your face and shoulders, as these are the areas that will be most exposed to direct sunlight. Reapply frequently – especially if you’re stepping in and out of the tub and occasionally drying off.

Your lower-half can burn, too

Don’t be fooled into thinking that because the lower-half of your body is immersed in water that it won’t burn. If anything, the reflective qualities of water allow for the sun’s rays to bounce back and burn even more intensely.

Take a break

As fun as it is to sit in a hot tub with friends and family, be sure to head indoors for a few minutes at a time. This will not only give you a break from the sun’s rays, it will also improve your circulation. And allow you to grab another beer for your husband.

Make use of a patio umbrella

Depending on the arrangement of your deck, see if you can pull your patio umbrella closer to the tub. Angle the umbrella so it is blocking some of the sun. If you don’t have one, considering purchasing one that sits on the floor. These umbrellas have a long, curved neck that can swivel to your desired position.