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How To Keep Cool On the Beach A few ideas to stop you turning into a sand blasted, bright red lobster!


Sand blasted and dangerous!

Now we all know that every Summer, the weather forecaster tells us not to forget our sunscreen, make sure we wear this and that, and most importantly, keep out of the hot sun. Yeah, right! We suffer through a freezing cold winter, snow up to our eyeballs, frost, rain and just about everything else being thrown at us for months on end, and then the forecast tells us to keep out of the sun? Oh please! As if we would. What do they think we are, stupid? It's the sun, for goodness sake! We want to feel WARM!

So, yes, I am going to lay out in the sun. And I am going to stay there. For hours and hours and hours until, at the end of the day, my body will be a glowing brown sun kissed Goddess, and everybody for miles around will admire me for the beauty I am! So There. And laying on a beach will be even better. Sun, sand and sea. A lovely suntan is on the way.

What do you mean I will look like a sand blasted bright red lobster? Why do you think I will get sunstroke and become angry, pain filled and dangerous? I am not one for stomping around just because I got sun burnt on my legs! What me? Just because I forget to pack enough sunscreen, sit on the beach making sand castles, and paddle up to my knees because I don't want to get my pants wet?! I am a cool in control woman. I Know how to look after myself. I know how to keep myself cool on the beach. Of course I do.

I think. Seriously guys, this is just an example of how people think. We forget that getting too much sun can be dangerous. So take a look below to see how to keep safe from the sun on the beach


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Stay Hydrated

Seriously, having fun is a dangerous business. A hell of a lot of people leave their common sense at home when they go on vacation. They believe that, because it is time for rest and relaxation, everything around them will be safe and protected. So here's a few tips for keeping cool on the beach.

Make sure that you take a cooler and stock up with ice cold water, or you favorite drinks. Add loads of ice to not only chill the drinks but cool yourself down too. Don't take alcohol to a beach. Not only is it illegal in some States or Countries, but it will dehydrate you. Taking a cooler with you, will be more convenient, and will save you loads of money. Being in the sun can make you thirsty within ten minutes. And what's the point in getting comfortable if you have to keep getting up and running to the nearest shop or beach bar for a drink?


Beach Chair

Most people tend to set up their beach chair or lounger back up on the dunes. But the best place to put it is right at the waters edge. There's nothing worse than deciding to go for a dip in the sea, and having to walk half a mile down to the water, getting covered in sand on the way. It's not too bad on the down trip, but when your feet are lovely and clean, its not much fun having to walk back the same way only to be covered in grainy sand that takes the skin of your toes.

Then, when you eventually get there, you spend ten minutes either wiping the sand away, or trying to find a bucket of water to pour over them. We always forget to take the bucket with us to the water! Another reason for setting up by the water is that you can dangle your feet in the surf. Along with the ocean breeze, you will feel much cooler and more comfortable.


Beach Umbrella

When you head for the beach, you always presume that you will find a lovely shady spot on a lounger with an umbrella. Wrong! By the time that you get there, all of the best places will have been taken. You see it every time that you go to the ocean. Hundreds of people keeping cool, and a few poor miserable beings seated on an exposed seat, trying desperately to keep cool. My taking an umbrella with you, it doesn't matter if you end up just laying on your beach towel, or anywhere else. You have a lovely shady spot at your fingertips.


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Cool head Beach Pillows

We all know what's it like. There we are, laying on the sand or lounger, just getting comfortable, and the next thing we notice is that our heads start to become really hot and sweaty. So taking a Cool head Beach Pillow with you is a great idea. It is simply a water filled pillow. And the great thing is that you don't have to take a bulky pillow to the beach. This one folds up. When you get there, all you have to do is walk down to the sea, and fill it up! If you want it to be really cold, just pop it into your cooler for a while. How cool is that? Of course if you forget to take it, just get a beach towel, dip it in the ocean and fold it under your head. If your head is cool, then the rest of you will feel better.


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Sarongs, Scarfs and Caps

A lot of laying about on the beach actually involves moving. Whether to get another drink, go in the ocean, or just chat with your friends. This is the time when you can forget that the suns rays are pretty dangerous. We are careful when sitting in the sun, or heading for the water, but forget about the bits in-between. You don't want to put on anything heavy, and you certainly don't need to get your day clothes wet or sandy. So a Sarong or tunic that you can just slip on is a must. This will protect you from the sun and keep you cool. Also, a lot of women don't like parading around in just a bikini or costume! Especially if we haven't got that svelt like figure. In other words, most of us! So covering up is just the sensible thing to do

WARNING - A Child's Temperature Can Change Very Quickly and be Fatal.

. If the sun is really hot, a child should always be covered. Either with a cap on their head, or a long T shirt. Sunscreen can only do so much. Where children are concerned, you can never be too careful. A child's temperature is not as stable as an adult. It can change in the blink of an eye. I shudder sometimes when I see a baby or small child running around with hardly anything on, for hours on end. Or a baby left in a buggy on the sand. It makes me want to go up to the mother and shake her.


Going in the Ocean.

Now I know this is blatantly obvious, but bear with me! If you want to keep cool, jump in the sea! Yep, so far so good! But there is one thing that you had better not forget. Make sure that you wear a strong sunscreen while you are doing it. The suns rays can actually penetrate the water, at least five feet below the surface. So while you are bobbing around showing off your great swim moves, just remember that the sun is burning a hole in your head! Oh, and your shoulders and back etc. And then when you eventually decide that you have had enough of that darn exercise, get out, slap some more suncream on and go and lie down for a well earned rest! having fun can be so exhausting!


Water Fights! Yeah! And of course that seaside must. The Sunscreen!

If you have children with you, why not take loads of water pistols, balloons, and beach balls? You can fill them with water and have a great time getting everybody soaking wet! Not only will all that lovely water get rid of the sand that has decided to take up residence in you bikini bottoms, Yep I know the feeling! It will also cool you down quickly if you have a sudden heat surge. We sometimes forget that the body can change temperature really quickly. This is how sunstroke can grab you. One minute your are fine, the next, you are being carted off in an ambulance heading for A & E!

And please don't forget the Sunscreen. I know I keep on and on and on...But seriously it is the most, and I mean, most important thing for you to do. Keep splashing it on. It doesn't matter if the children look like white yeti's covered in cream and sand, with an SP level of 50. So what? They have to be protected. And so do you. always make sure that the back of your neck is protected. This part of your body, if burned, can actually kill you. It is the brain stem. Need I say more!


This woman's skin is like pure leather. Wrinkled and burned. It is so aged, she looks at least 80 years old.

This woman's skin is like pure leather. Wrinkled and burned. It is so aged, she looks at least 80 years old.

All it takes is a little common sense.

So, as you can see, my little rant at the beginning about knowing it all, well, proved I didn't know it all! If you take care, you will have a great summer by the ocean. If not, you will end up like a sand blasted bright red lobster. Rather like this photo. I have never seen such sun damage in my life. How this woman could allow herself to get in this state is beyond me. We can't see her face. But that is probably a bonus! By the fact that she has a child with her (The photo is not pixelated, its just protecting the child's identity) it shows that she must be in her 30s or 40s. Unbelievable. And very selfish.

How to keep cool on the beach? Now you know!

Enough said!



Beach Tips and Cool Vacations


Nell Rose (author) from England on January 19, 2012:

Thanks again, alocsin, I always get sunburnt so I am really careful now!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 19, 2012:

I'll try these next time on one of our many Southern California beaches. Voting this Up and Useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2011:

Thanks Katie, glad you liked it, cheers nell

Katie on November 24, 2011:

I like your post.It is very informative.The beach pillow has such a versatile design that we can use the strap as a handle to carry around and we can even use it to place on beach chair.Find more information about here

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 19, 2011:

Hi, pharmacist, I use the highest spf possible! lol! I am very fair skinned and burn easily, mind you people do ask did I actually go on that holiday? as I come back as white as when I went! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Jason Poquette from Whitinsville, MA on November 19, 2011:


Great article and glad to hear you preaching sunscreen. So important!! I tell my patients in the pharmacy to simply buy the highest SPF they can. Is SPF50 overkill? Maybe. But who cares. And re-apply often. Great stuff! Thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2011:

Hi, dream, lol! that's a great idea! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2011:

Hi, Condo, you are so lucky to live near the beach, wish I did! lol yes you have to be so careful, I cover myself with loads of oils and creams as I am very fair skinned, thanks for reading, cheers nell

CondoLux Rentals from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina on November 16, 2011:

Excellent post! We here in Myrtle Beach see quite a few "overly roasted" people (none as bad raisin you showed). The sun creeps up on you if you aren't careful!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 12, 2011:

Hi, gezondgewicht, lol you are right there! mind you, it all depends on which part of the UK you are talking about, I live down South of England and we get some lovely sunshine here! thanks for reading, cheers nell

gezondgewicht from Netherlands on September 12, 2011:

How about visiting the UK beach... won't have to much trouble with the sun ;)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 12, 2011:

Hi, Cathleena, lol thanks! I don't want that burn either!

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on September 11, 2011:

Fun read - Love the beach, not the burn! Very nicely done. You rock! ;o)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 11, 2011:

Hi, htodd, thanks for stopping by! cheers nell

htodd from United States on September 10, 2011:

Thanks for such a nice information

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2011:

By the way, loved the crab! ha ha

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2011:

Hi, Brad, yes you're right, but I thought that there were many hubs about sunglasses so I thought I would leave that to someone else, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Brad Beach on September 09, 2011:

Your post made me laugh! Very funny! But I do know how not funny a sunburn can be. When I was visiting Argentina, my wife and I spent a LOT of time on the beaches there. Once, in a small beach resort town called Cariló, we spent a few hours in the sub tropical sunshine. I had no sunscreen and when we were done for the day, I was as red as a lobster. I will never forget to bring sunscreen again! Lesson learned.

One thing I will point out about your post, you never mentioned anything about the all important sunglasses? Sunglasses are very important. Wearing shades has long been the norm for beach dwellers that want to radiate a truly cool demeanor and protect their eyes from the dangers of intense UV rays. Especially at the beach!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 17, 2011:

Hi, drv, it can be horrible when you get sunburn, always use a sunscreen! lol cheers nell

drvosjeca on August 16, 2011:

Nice hub...

Once i had bad experience with sun burns and i wish i could do something about it. That was first time i got burned and last time i hope. I used suncream, but that did not provide protection needed.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2011:

Hi, thanks ershruti and GistngRosePetals, for reading, its enough to make you cover yourself from head to foot in sunscreen! lol

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on August 13, 2011:

Great hub. The picture of that womans skin definetly makes you want to protect yourself from the sun.Living in the Grand Canyon State you don't need the beach to get burnt here. I'll definetly be running to the store for some sunscreen because I don't want to look like that woman. Thanks

ershruti304 from Shimla on August 12, 2011:

Hey thanks for making our weekend you have suggested nice couple of days for one of the best outing at beach. I would surely implement them.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 12, 2011:

Hi, Jennie, lol I know just what you mean! can you imagine being like that picture? Wow! she would make a great varnished piece of furniture! ha ha thanks for reading, cheers nell

Venture Boyz from Floating in the clouds on August 12, 2011:

Holy cow! Please tell me that the picture of that woman's leather skin is not real! Seriously, how much time in the sun would it take for that to happen. Hang on while I run to the store and get some SPF 200 lol.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 12, 2011:

Hi, jseven, yes that women must have sat in the sun for days on end! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, carcro, in England thats all we seem to do! lol rush into the sun when the rain stops! thanks for commenting, cheers nell

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on August 12, 2011:

That's definitely funny and useful information. I can certainly relate to the cold winters and then trying to get a glimpse of the sun in the summer to make up for it. You're absolutely right though, the sun can be dangerous so taking precautions is the smart thing to do. Thanks for sharing!

Joey from Michigan on August 12, 2011:

I like that cool pillow and glad I saw that! The woman with leather skin is sad. Good hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 11, 2011:

Hi, invitation, I know the feeling! lol stop raining! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Noemi, you lucky thing! I went to Cyprus a few years ago, Larnaka, and it was probably the most beautiful place I have ever visited, apart from Kos, which is nearly as nice! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Hi, whitton, I know, isn't it terrible? ha ha where's my sunscreen! cheers nell

whitton on August 11, 2011:

That picture of the lady that looks like leather is enough motivation for me to keep myself hydrated and keep a lot of sunscreen on. I love the cool beach pillow also, great idea!

Noemi Beres from Cyprus on August 11, 2011:

We are living close to the beach here in Cyprus and you really have to be careful with the sun. So many tourists leave the common sense at home. Sunbathing at 12 without any protection. Crazy!

Great hub BTW, it's really useful!!

invitationwrite on August 10, 2011:

Let us hope that we get the weather to use them.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2011:

Hi, b. malin, thanks for reading it, I do get a bit sunburnt sometimes, but splash on the sun oil now!

b. Malin on August 03, 2011:

The older I've gotten, the better I am about protecting myself from the Sun's Rays.This Hub of yours Neil was a Wonderful reminder and aid along with lots of good and Useful suggestions...Sun Up and Enjoy, Carefully!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 03, 2011:

Hi, Rose, I know, what a horrible photo! lol thanks again nell

Hi, chspublish, thank you so much, I am glad you like it, cheers nell

Hi, Hello hello, you lucky thing! lol I get burned sometimes but now use suncream all the time, thanks again nell

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 03, 2011:

I love it all and am lucky never to be burned. Thanks for these detailed tips.

chspublish from Ireland on August 02, 2011:

Following your advice is the only way to go.

Rose West from Michigan on August 02, 2011:

Great tips (and you always make me smile :) - the last thing I want to do is look like an old suitcase.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2011:

Hi, Nellieanna, that is really extreme heat, whe seem to have got the tail of it over here for the last week or so, its been well up in the 90s, it must be so hard on some of the people, and how terrible that people have died from it, I hope it soon gets back to normal for you, thanks again and take care, nell

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 01, 2011:

My skin doesn't get along well with sunscreen, besides. Covering up is my best bet. When it's so hot, that can be uncomfortable, though cotton or linen is not too bad. Any man-made fiber is like wrapping oneself up in plastic-wrap. Actually, staying out of the sun is the best idea. You're right about winter - the sun may not be quite as direct then, but it's still capable of deep burning. Our temperatures have reached 100 or more now for 31 days in a row, with some reaching nearly 108 real temperature. When they figure in the humidity and other factors, it "feels like" much more.

There are literally deaths from heat.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 31, 2011:

Hi, Nellieanna, I don't blame you for staying out of the sun, I hear that its really hot over there? someone said about 118f ! wow! I have been burned a few times, but not these days, I always wear sunscreen even in the winter! lol I shudder to think what I used to do when I was small, we always used just vinegar to go brown! that was the myth at the time, its a wonder I never barbequed myself! lol thanks so much, nell

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on July 31, 2011:

Yikes! I stay OUT of the sun! Even at the ranch I am covered up when outside. I can't imagine what I'd look like (if even alive!) if I'd indulged in sun worship the way I started out. Big half-dollar-size blisters that were painful to touch - and as soon as they were almost well, I went back, spent another day at the pool - and did it again! Big runny blisters. I was about 13. I got smarter but it was when I finally developed sun allergy when boating was a big thing in my life that I finally got wise enough to stay out of it unless covered. By the way, no color of skin is immune to the harmful rays. I am very fair, but dark people get melanoma too. I guess I could have gotten it at any of several dumb times of my life.

Good that you've written some sensible advice, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 30, 2011:

Hi, tillsontitan, thanks for reading, I spash on the sun lotion even in the winter! lol trying hard not to get those wrinkles, especially like that photo! cheers nell

Hi, lily, how much summer do you get there? I have always wondered, we are lovely and hot here, but can't get to the beach! argghhh! ha ha thanks again nell

Hi, Audrey, can you imagine being like her? yeek! have you got your glasses changed yet? (comment on Hallo's hub about mongrels!) ha ha thanks again nell

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 30, 2011:

Gotta love the woman who is so wrinkled - is she like 30? I suppose by rights, I should look like that having grown up in Southern California and been a beach bunny my whole youth - but lucky for me, I have darker skin and tanned instead of that Central Oregon sun - yikes - it's brutal - so have had to be a bit more careful. Great tips and love the lay-out~

lilyfly on July 30, 2011:

Great job, Sweetpea! It only makes me wish i could see the sun tho, Julys are always rainy affairs here in Alaska... that leathery woman, oh, my gosh! I thought she had leather pants on!!! Thanks for that reminder!!! Love yaz, lily

Mary Craig from New York on July 30, 2011:

Your tips are good advice. I have always loved the sun and beach but know to keep it in small doses at the beginning of the summer with lots of sunscreen. I still tan but thank God am nowhere near the leatherlady even in my sixties!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, pras, it sounds wonderful! mind you, I think I would miss our seasons, but not all the freezing cold rain! lol

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 29, 2011:

As a tropical country, the sun always shine every year. Even in the rainy season. But in dry season, every day so "hot" and almost dry of course. You can visit my country someday. Cheers..

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, pras, is it always hot in your country? that must be lovely apart from the rainy season, thanks so much for reading it, and I hope you have a great weekend too! cheers nell

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 29, 2011:

Going to the beach is the most enjoyable activity in Summer. Thanks for share all these good things we should do while on the beach. Nell, I felt thirsty every time I saw drink coolers. I love your tips above, though there's no summer in my country. But now the weather is good for outdoor activity, because it is dry season in Indonesia. Well done, my friend. You got my vote again and again. Have a nice weekend!


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, Alicia, she must stay there in the sun for 24 hours a day! unbelievable! I enjoyed doing this hub topic thingy, I have never done it before! great fun! thanks for reading it, nell

Hi, Gordon, sorry! ha ha that's my silly English humour, I actually believe that the women will be dead long before she gets anything nasty, she looks like a petrified tree! same color, same wrinkles, and I think she probably got the sunscreen mixed up with table varnish! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Flora, is that what its called? I suffer with farmer tan too! I took a photo of me sitting at a table in morocco, and my face looked dark brown, and the rest of me was pure white, I looked like I had a head transplant! hee hee thanks, nell

Hi, Ruby, so you don't want to look like her then?! ha ha I think we will stay demure and pale, so much more attractive! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, Mrs menagerie, oh my goodness! ha ha that sounds worse than anything even I have done! fleas as well as sandblast? oh dear! lol you poor thing, As for monkey butt, how hilarious was that? I couldn't stop laughing! from now on I am going to say it over and over! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, Pamela, sadly I don't think the sun goddess thing is me! I am short, very clumsy and whatever it is that others have got, I am sorely lacking! lol thanks for the read, cheers nell

Hi, Cardisa, I know! ha ha she looks like she has basted herself in cooking oil and been turned on a spit! the words pork crackling come to mind! thanks again nell

Hi, Simone, I know what you mean! I would love to know what clothes she wears in her everyday life, she reminds me of something off of the x men! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Thanks Peggy, I will definitely be taking a cooler with me in future, and sitting down by the water! to much hard work otherwise! lol

Hi, Kitty, I agree, that's probably why they air brushed his face out, not his age, just his embarrassment! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Quill, I bet you suffered at the start with the tan, but soon got used to it back then, of course you probably didn't lay on the beach all day to barbecue yourself! ha ha thanks so much for reading and hugs back, nell

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 29, 2011:

Oh my goodness. I will never get in the sun ever again, that's what i call baked skin, how terrible!!! If i change my mind, i will remember your excellent tips.

FloraBreenRobison on July 29, 2011:

I've never been one to suntan on the beach. The sun tans I get are sometimes called farmer tans. I have tanned arms from about t-shirt sleeve length. I don't trust the sun and spend about 20 minutes or so walking in the direct sun only. When I was in Greece. I was always covered in loose white clothing as I was outside all day and it was scorching. I usually don't wear heavy make-up, but it protects the skin from the sun, so I did the whole time I was there.

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 29, 2011:

Fantastic Hub, Nell - though I have to admit that the first section really had me wondering where you were headed... :) You definitely offer good, sound, sensible advice. Hopefully, all who read this will follow it.

Regarding the woman with the skin: I don't know how long ago that photo was taken but there is probably a fairly decent chance she is no longer with us. If that's not an invitation to skin cancer, I don't know what is. I can honestly say that's the worst case of over-exposure to the sun I've ever seen.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 29, 2011:

This is an excellent and very useful hub, Nell. I too am going to have nightmares about the women in your photos, especially the second one! My mind just can't comprehend how she could allow herself to get that way.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on July 29, 2011:

Uuuugh...those pictures scare the begeezees out of me! I was once dropped off at a beach that turned out to have no shade or facilities (long story here) but by the time my ride came back to get me I was burned, sand blasted, covered in sand flea bites and I had Monkey Butt (see Denise's hilarious hub)from standing in the ocean trying to cool off all day. I think I looked just like that first photo...Awesome and UP!

"Quill Again" on July 29, 2011:

Hi Nell... been burnt far to often to recall over the years of spending many long hours in the sun on some Yukon lakes. They were all before the sunscreen wave we see today. I think with age and knowledge we hav become more aware and thus more careful as I do today. Thanks for al, the tips and love the way you have put them into words which are easily understood... love you girl....

Blessings and Hugs

Kitty Fields from Summerland on July 29, 2011:

Great tips to keep cool in the hot sun. The lady with the wrinkled skin is beyond scary. Yowzers...I'm glad I'm not her kid, how embarassing! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2011:

You have reminded us of all the fun reasons to enjoy time spent at the beach while also taking some good precautions to avoid that red lobster or leathery skin look. Thanks!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 29, 2011:

Awesome tips- many of which had never occurred to me before! In other news, the photo of the woman with leather skin is going to give me bad dreams for a month O_O

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, Denise, I have always moved my deckchair up the beach, never dawned on me to get it to the waters edge! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Corin, oh my goodness! I think that people who don't live by the coast go a bit mad when the sun comes out and they are on the beach, surely being sensible is just common sense, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, christopher, yep I know what you mean! I always thought that if America got bad or good weather we always followed, it seems to work in the winter! lol I am still waiting for the heat wave! thanks again

Hi, u0, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Alastar, NO! ha ha never ever ever! well, actually I am sure some do, but most of us don't, but I do remember going to Morocco years ago, and it was only then that I realised the Europeans let the hair flow free! Can you imagine how my face must have looked, suddenly being confronted by a 20 something stone woman with hairy armpits and other such bits and pieces? if anybody had taken a photo of me, I would have won a competion for the look on my face! That was over 20 years ago, but in the deep dark recess of my mind, in the dark at night, it still comes back to haunt me! lol Oh, and I forgot to say, she was trying to get on a camel! with just a pair of bikini bottoms on........excuse me while I rush for the bucket! ha ha

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 29, 2011:

Hey Nell, your beach ideas are great. Jumping in the sea is my favorite

That woman, is that really her skin? OMG, how does she live with that? Gosh I can't believe it!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, K9, thanks so much, that woman made me shudder! lol can you imagine being like that? what on earth was she thinking? cheers nell

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2011:

The beach is such fun and I loved your "sun kissed Goddess" remark. You are right that common sense is all it takes to be safe. Rated up and useful.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on July 29, 2011:

The profile pic hurt just looking at it but the one with the Elephant skin is horrible. Better block identity's on that one for sure. Great start to this one done in your unique & estimable style. Great info & books too. We're suppose to get some sun for the vitamin D, most sunscreens block that out. At least 7 minutes screen free should do it. Hey Nell, do you English women not let nature take its course with the leg hair like some do on the Continent?..:D

u01dtj6 on July 29, 2011:

Great tips. Thank you for the hub!

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on July 28, 2011:

Some great tips there Nell. Let us hope that we get the weather to use them.

Corin on July 28, 2011:

I live near the beach and I don't tell you the number of "bright red lobters" I see. As for the picture of the wrinkled and burned woman, I see one like her every weekend on the beach. First, I thought with my friend that it was the grandmother of twins, but then when we heard the twins called her "Mom", it was a shock... And what was alarming was that the 8-year-old twins were also burned. Thanks for this useful hub.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 28, 2011:

OMG--I would truly be ashamed walking around with that kind of leather look-I guess I cherish my skin more than to do that!!

My fave is to sit at the waters edge with my beach chair-really cools you off. Nice job!

India Arnold from Northern, California on July 28, 2011:

Okay, I love the cool water pillow for staying cool at the beach. And your other great opitions for keeping cool are quite helpful. Now, the picture of the woman with "Leather" for skin; Yikes!! If this single image isn't strong enough to motivate people to use sunscreen and caution when in the sun, I have no idea what is! Awesome hub Nell! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.



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