The Importance of Using Sunscreen in Key West

Key West is a hot and sunny island, most of the time at least. I am usually inside at my computer working, so I don’t spend a lot of time outdoors.

On Memorial Day weekend I finally took a day off and joined my husband and some friends on a boating excursion. We took a few of our company boats offline for the day and headed to Boca Grande. We enjoyed the day by laying on the beach, running around with our dogs playing fetch, and swimming in the beautiful waters. It was a gorgeous day and we were all having a great time.

I had applied sun tan lotion to prevent burning, but I was not consistently reapplying it throughout the day, and boy did I pay for it. I got slightly burned on my chest and shoulders, but that did not pain me. What did were my legs on the ride home from the beach. I decided to sit in the comfy chair in the back of the boat that was without cover. I had put on a shirt to protect my arms and chest, but did not even consider my legs at this point because they had not gotten any sun at all the entire day. But on the 20 minute boat ride from Boca Grande back to the marina my legs were literally fried. They turned a beautiful color of purple.

This may have been the worse sunburn I have ever experienced. I had a fever for two days. My legs hurt so bad I could hardly walk without wincing with pain. And sleeping, forget about it! I put allow on my skin to soothe it but it only made it worse. Talk about misery.

Now, two weeks have passed by and my legs have gone form a bright purple to a mear red. The pain has subsided for the most part, but the itching and peeling are starting up now. Thankfully, I can finally get some sleep.

So, the lesson learned here folks is that it doesn’t matter is you plan on being out in the Key West sunshine for 10 minutes or 10 hours…Reapply Sunscreen Often!

A reminder here… I went out on a sunny, clear day. But that does not mean that the same thing cannot happen to you on a cloudy day. The clouds actually act as magnifiers. So even then it is important to wear sunscreen and sunglasses.

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