Protecting Your Skin in the Florida Sun

When packing for your vacation in Florida, sunscreen might be the last thing on your mind. However, considering that Florida is situated much closer to the equator than other states, sunscreen is essential. Without sun protection, the high intensity of the Florida sun can quickly damage your skin. Using the right sun protection is very important. Here's some information on protecting your skin in the Florida sun on your vacation.


Contrary to popular belief, a higher SPF number does not always give substantially more sun protection than a lower SPF. An SPF of 15 will absorb about 94-95% of ultraviolet radiation, SPF 30 around 97% and SPF 45 an estimated 98-99%.

It’s recommended to use an SPF of 30 or more for all skin types, year-round, in a place as hot as Florida. Those with fair-skin may want to use an even higher SPF for additional protection from (UV) ultraviolet rays.

UV Rays

Using sunscreen labeled “Broad Spectrum” is a beneficial option to consider to further protect your skin from the bright Florida sun. “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen gives you greater protection from UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) light. UVB rays cause sunburns unlike UVA rays that are more the cause of deeper skin damage. However, without the proper sun protection, both UVA and UVB rays can contribute to the risk of skin cancer.


Daily outdoor activity is inevitable for Florida residents and visitors. With all the sun exposure you're bound to encounter here in Sarasota, it is recommended to apply sunscreen everyday, even multiple times a day.

It’s best to put sunscreen on, and let it dry, 30 minutes before going outside. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on the face, ears, hands, and lips as well as the rest of the body. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or every 40-60 minutes if you’ve been exposed to water.

Slather on some sunscreen and spend some time on the beaches here at Siesta Key as you have fun in the sunshine state.

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