Protect yourself this summer when using your swim spa

Did you know…? There are more reports of new cases of skin cancer each year now than the total number of new cases of breast & lung cancer combined! Melanoma is now the second most common cancer among those between the ages of 15 & 29.

As you use your swim spa in the summer months, we encourage you to adapt the following as part of your swim spa routine. It will help keep you protected and healthy this season.

  • Use your swim spa before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are strongest between those hours. Using your swim spa before or after this time limits your exposure to the peak time humans are susceptible.
  • Use water resistant sun screen. (NOTE—The FDA changed regulations with sun screen in 2011—no sun screen has the ability to be water proof! If you find a sun screen claiming this, it is false.) Part of the challenge with any swimming is keeping your skin protected from UVA & UVB rays—both ultraviolet rays that contribute to the development of skin cancer. Look for water resistant sun screen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply at least fifteen minutes before you plan to go out to your swim spa. If you’re out for an extended period, sun screen should be reapplied at least every two hours.
  • Be sure vitamin D is part of your health regimen. While dietary supplements are helpful, it’s better to get your vitamin D from a healthy diet. Top foods with the best intake of vitamin D for you: dairy products, many types of seafood (including catfish, sardines, herring, tuna, mackerel & sockeye salmon), shitake & button mushrooms, eggs, and—if you can stomach it—cod liver oil!
  • Wear hats & sunglasses when not in the swim spa. If you’re taking a break, or relaxing outdoors after using your swim spa, be sure to protect your head & eyes, which are both extremely susceptible to ultraviolet rays. Wide brimmed hats are best, and be sure your sunglasses have lenses with UV protection.

Summer is a terrific time to take full advantage of your swim spa! Keep in mind these important tips to ensure you enjoy it safely this summer season.