Nothing says summer like a day at the beach. However, despite our undying love for the beach, precious little is known about beach safety. A lot of the beach rules we’ve accepted to be true are actually completely unfounded. Knowing how to separate the myths from the truths will help you protect yourself and stay safe. If you still believe any of these six common beach myths, it’s time to get your facts straight.
Myth 1: A Base Tan Will Protect You
Many people forego sunscreen because they believe that once you’ve tanned a little, the pigmentation protects you from further sun damage. However, this is far from true. Any amount of tan is indication that your skin has been damaged. While it is true that people with darker skin are more protected from sun damage, this is because of higher melanin levels in their skin. If you’re naturally pale, getting tanned won’t protect with extra melanin. It just causes you to age
Myth 2: Peeing On Jellyfish Stings Reduces Pain
Urine is one of the most widely believed remedies for stopping a jellyfish sting from burning. Supposedly, the ammonia in urine neutralizes jellyfish venom. However, if you do get stung by a jellyfish, peeing on the wound won’t just be messy and embarrassing, but also useless. A more effective way to treat the pain, is to douse it with vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
Myth 3: Sand Is Clean And Harmless
Those white sandy beaches might not be as pristine as you think. Analyses on sand has found that most sand contains particles of fecal matter. That means a good portion of the sand you’re playing with is poop. If you don’t wash your
Myth 4: You Can’t Swim Immediately After Eating
A lot of people believe that if you swim immediately after eating, blood is too preoccupied within your digestive system to reach your extremities. This is supposed to increase your chances of cramping in water. However, an average human body has 5.5 liters of blood. This means that there’s enough blood to digest your food as well as circulate to your extremities. So next time, feel free to jump into the water right after you’ve had a big lunch.
Myth 5: Sharks Can Smell Period Blood
A lot of times, women are told not to swim during their period
Myth 6: You Only Need To Apply Sunscreen Once
As has already been established, sunscreen is an indispensable part of going to the beach. However, you can’t just apply it before you head out and forget about it the rest of the day. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every few hours for it to be effective. If you’re getting into the water, then you need to reapply