Sunscreen and hitch-hiking, Hawaii (Big Island)
It's always important to be aware of the sun. Relaxing on a beautiful beach with a breeze can make you easily forget to check you skin for signs of a sunburn. We always slather on the sunblock; usually SPF 100 and make sure to re-apply requently. Liz and I both brings hats to ensure our faces do not fry in the sun.
The best thing to do is avoid peak burn times that are from 11am-3pm. We usaully get ourselves some lunch, drinks and shopping during this time to avoid getting crispy.
Some people don't know just how brutal the "tropical sun" can be. Even if you have a base tan... WEAR SUNSCREEN! Its a safe precaution anyways, but the sun in the tropics will burn you without you even knowing that you are getting burnt. Becoming a lobster on your first day of vacation is an easy way to ruin the rest of it!!
And remember, its deserted. Yes there is a toilet about halfways where the roads split. Make sure that your clothes are layered and that you have both combo for hot sun and for a thunderstorm. Its pretty windy up there too. One more very important tip: please take pain killers with you because the air up there is very thin and before you know it you will get hit with a head splitting headache!
Climate : - The sunscreen is for obvious reasons. It is amazing how easy it is to get a burn (and a tan) even in the middle of winter. Photo : Kona Coast.
Hitch-hiking : in Hawaii is illegal. This is why you see people just standing on the side of the road without a thumb out. Locals know that they need a ride just by them standing there, and often stop for them.
Tanning just isn’t what it used to be. Hawaii's Caucasian population has a higher incidence of deadly skin cancer, malignant melanoma, than anywhere else in the United States. But none of us are safe from the sun's harmful rays: People of all skin types and races can burn when exposed to the sun too long. That means that the one thing you really have to know about sunscreen is—use it.
A major health risk in Hawaii is sunburn or sunstroke. Tourists in Hawaii and other ocean locales aren't only exposed to direct UV rays, but they also get it reflected off the water and the beach areas as well.—enough said. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or stronger - especially if your complexion is fair - and apply it liberally on your nose, ears, top of your bald head and other sensitive and exposed areas. Most manufacturers recommend specific sun protection factor (SPF) number based upon skin type, but it never hurts to go big as in more than SPF 30. Apply sunscreen as soon as you get out of the shower in the morning, and at least 30 minutes before you're exposed to the sun. No matter what the label says--even if the sunscreen is waterproof--reapply it every 2 hours and immediately after swimming.
Make sure the sunscreen is waterproof if you're engaging in water sports and limit your sun time for the first few days. To avoid developing allergies to sunscreens, avoid those that contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide, talc, or titanium dioxide, which reduce the risk of developing skin allergies. For the best protection from UVA rays (which can cause wrinkles and premature aging), check the label for zinc oxide, benzophenone, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789).
These precautions will increase the chance that your stay in this Hawaiian paradise will create many, many happy memories and none of those “I got a horrible sunburn” stories you’d rather not need to tell to your friends and relatives back home.