Have you been missing the sun, the sand, and the ocean breeze? We know, we miss those too! These days, because of the pandemic, most of us probably only go out to buy essentials or travel to work every other day. But, while you may not be sunbathing on the beach just yet, don’t let that stop you from protecting yourself as if you were!

Too much of the sun’s UV rays can be harmful anywhere you go, especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. We’re not just talking about your skin, of course. Overexposure to the sun can cause serious illnesses if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Here are some everyday tips to keep yourself healthy under the sun!

  1. Wear sunblock daily.

This should really go without saying, but sadly, not a lot of people invest in everyday sunblock. Sunblock isn’t just for the beach! According to dermatologists, using sunblock on a daily basis not only prevents wrinkles and dark spots, but more importantly, lessens the chances of various skin diseases, including cancer. Special sunblocks are sold by various beauty and skincare brands according to your skin type or the texture you want, so be sure to cop a bottle on your next trip to the drugstore.


  1. Drink water regularly.

It can get pretty hot in the tropics, so hydrating on a regular basis is an absolute must. Keep your body temperature normal and save yourself from the possibility of dehydration by drinking enough water daily, especially when you’re out at the peak of the heat. Just be sure to bring your trusty reusable bottle with you so you’re looking out for both yourself and the environment!


  1. Don’t look directly into the sun’s rays.

Don’t even attempt to because it will really impair your vision. That’s what your sunglasses are made for! Protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays by scoring a pair with polarized lenses or mirror-coated lenses. These will limit the amount of light that gets through and won’t make you uncomfortable as the sun shines bright.


  1. Keep a fan in your bag.

Here in the Philippines, it is hot and humid! Avoid unwanted sweat, fainting from the heat, or getting a heatstroke when the temperature rises. Other than a bottle of water, a small fan will surely come in handy.


  1. Wear light and breezy clothes that give you enough coverage.

Who wants to wear a turtleneck and leather pants in the tropics anyway? Be fashion-forward while still protecting your skin by wearing flowy maxi dresses, long-sleeved kaftans, and other cover-ups with fabric that allows your skin to breathe.


Keep these tips in mind until we all hit the beach again! Our fun and helpful tour guides here at Amika will surely remind you to apply your sunblock and hydrate when you’re here exploring the beautiful Palawan islands. We can’t wait to see you soon!