- Travel and Places
Health Benefits of a Seaside Vacation
Treat your family to a seaside vacation this summer. Even without days of blazing sunshine, the temperature of seawater varies by only a couple of degrees between summer and winter, making it an ideal destination no matter if the days are dull and rainy or bright and sunny.
The salty waters of the world’s seas and oceans are full of health giving benefits despite being cold, providing the seawater at your vacation destination has been passed as clean by the local health authority.
As many areas still continue to discharge sewage into the sea, it is advisable to find out if your chosen holiday destination has clean sea water, as many illnesses and diseases can be picked up from contaminated sea water.
Health Benefits of Seawater
Where seawater has been passed a clean, however, a daily dip in the sea may provide relief from common skin ailments that have been plaguing you.
There is some evidence to suggest that many forms of dermatitis can heal after repeated seawater treatments. The water from the sea contains a lot more than just salt. Many trace elements from the periodic table are present in large enough quantities to cleanse your skin of toxins, infections and fungi.
In many vacation resorts, the hotels and boarding houses offer swimming pools for their customers use. Usually, however, these swimming pools are made of up strongly chlorinated water which may be clean and cool, but which may inflame existing skin conditions.
Why use them when there is a beach and the sea close at hand? Many people complain that they do not like the feel of their skin after a dip in seawater, nor like the way sand seems to creep into all the crevices in their toes, no matter how much they try to rinse it off.
Health Benefits of Sand
Sand acts like Nature’s emery board, cleansing your skin of old dried patches, leaving your skin feeling silky soft.
In fact, a daily barefoot walk in the sand will negate the need for expensive pedicures, as the abrasive sand sloughs off old, dried dead skin.
The strange feeling of your skin after being in the sea is the dried salts which get to work, cleaning pores and helping heal your skin of a host of ailments from abrasions to acne, so don’t rush to shower in fresh water to cleanse these health giving minerals off your skin, where they are already doing so much work.
Health Benefits of The Sun
If your holiday destination is in a warm sunny climate, take extra care to apply enough sun screen lotion on your own and your family’s skin, especially when on the beach or in the water.
The sun rays are often magnified when the sea salt is on your skin, increasing their strength and therefore their burning factor.
A little sunshine is good for us. It not only lifts our spirits by helping the body to release serotonin, the feel-good hormone, our body takes in Vitamin D from the sun which not only helps our teeth and bones, it keeps the levels of serotonin higher for longer.
Its greatest danger is getting too much of it, as a tan is not actually a healthy thing to have, it is a sign of skin damage, and repeated damage can lead to skin cancer. However, a little sunshine exposure now and again does us the world of good, provided we are sensible about how much and how often we sunbathe, and to always use a high factor sun screen.
There is nowhere better to enjoy the health-giving benefits of the sun, than at a sandy beach on a summer's day.