Isn't the beach so gorgeous?! In recent experience, it's gorgeous until it's not--until it burns you that is. I've heard wear sunscreen probably a million times, but sometimes you just forget or miss spots (a combo this memorial day weekend).
So here's how to prevent it:
Wear a hat AND sunglasses. The bigger the hat, the
closer to God the less chance of burning your face. This is one I did well--my face didn't burn!
Sunscreen with a higher SPF than 5 and REAPPLY, REAPPLY, REAPPLY!
Don't make it a marathon session. For me, that means not going out from 10AM-2PM (or at least staying out there that entire time)
I missed the whole wear lots of sunscreen and reapply deal and therefore am burned to a crisp and really splotchy. Not fun.
Here's how to cope if you do in fact get burned:
ALOE. I like to store mine in the refrigerator so it's nice and cold when I put it on.
Wear "soft clothes"--I'm burned where my bathing suit stopped---meaning every time I move, my sunburn gets irritated. In order to combat this, I've resorted to wearing cami type bras, big t-shirts and Nike shorts.
Lavender. This oil comes up A LOT, but I hear it's great for burns. I pinned a few recipes to make an "after the beach spray" and will be getting on this, as soon as I get back. (so mad I forgot it)
Avoid the sun, but if you must go out (hey, it's the beach) COVER UP with sunscreen and clothes!