Labor Day weekend is upon us and that spells the end of another summer. For many this means the last few days of visiting the beach, laying in the sun or enjoying a nice dip in the pool or ocean. But while basking in the sun can be a very enjoyable experience, we should keep in mind that our skin is very sensitive and needs proper protection from the elements. This goes double for certain areas of the body, such as the penis, which isn't normally exposed to the harsh elements.
During the summer months, my girlfriend and I like to spend our weekends down at Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, NJ. It's a beautiful spot to enjoy the waves and there's always lots of friendly folks hanging around. It's also a nude beach.
Now while such places probably aren't everyone's cup of tea, I find the freedom of walking around in the buff very liberating. You don't have to worry about your shorts bunching up and becoming uncomfortable after a nice dip in the ocean. You can also get some nice color and avoid unsightly tan lines.
Another reason why I like the nude beach, and this is purely my own vanity speaking here, is because I am very proud of what I have "downstairs." It's quite exhilarating to be walking on the sand and have people staring at you with mouths agape - both women and men. And while the policy there is not to gawk openly, I have to admit that most of the time I feel like I'm on display... and I don't mind a bit!
But walking around nude under the hot sun means that extra care must be taken to safeguard your skin. This means using a high sun protection factor (SPF) waterproof suntan lotion on ALL areas of your body, especially on the very sensitive penis and testicles. It is recommended that you initially apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, and then every few hours, especially when swimming for prolonged periods of time. As a side note, you're probably better off applying it yourself or you may end up attracting more attention than you'd like!
When you go out in the sun with no clothes on you are subjecting areas of your body to harmful UV rays. Now while many of us have developed some natural pigmentation which helps prevent damage to our skin from the sun, parts of our bodies which normally do not see sunlight, such as the genitals, need extra protection.
Even if the penis is covered, there still are harsh elements, such as chemicals in pools, that can irritate our sensitive skin. Chlorine, which is used to purify and sanitize swimming water is known to be very damaging and drying to the skin. It's a good idea to use some kind of waterproof moisturizer to help keep skin lubricated and protected. Make sure to shower after you leave the pool to clean yourself of any chemicals left on your skin.
One thing that does seem to be good for your skin, at least in my experience, is ocean water itself. Many people believe that sea salt has natural healing properties which can exfoliate, soften and cleanse dry and rough skin. Of course like anything, too much exposure to salt water can dry out your skin. As when swimming in a pool, wash off after you leave the water to remove traces of salt left behind.
So before you expose your body to the harsh summer elements, make sure to take the proper precaution to protect your skin, especially in those areas that are very sensitive. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.
Posted by PRS
Saturday, September 1st, 2007