Stop sand from spoil­ing sum­mer fun

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - LIVING -

Few things are as syn­ony­mous with sum­mer re­cre­ation as a day at the beach en­joy­ing the sun, sand and surf. Whiling away the hours at the coast is an ideal way to get fresh air and en­joy fam­ily or soli­tary time and also can be an en­ter­tain­ing way to ex­er­cise and learn about ma­rine life.

While a beach isn’t a beach with­out sand, sand can ad­versely af­fect beach excursions. Sand is a loose, gran­u­lar ma­te­rial that blan­kets the coast­lines of beaches, lakes and riverbeds. De­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion, sand is com­prised of many ma­te­ri­als and comes in a vast ar­ray of col­ors. The re­source LiveS­cience says sil­i­con diox­ide in the form of quartz is the most com­mon com­po­nent of sand. Feldspar, mica and rock frag­ments are other ma­te­ri­als. In trop­i­cal lo­ca­tions, the sand varies be­cause there are no rich sources of quartz nearby. Trop­i­cal sand may take on a white or pas­tel hue thanks to the shells and skele­tons of reef-liv­ing ma­rine or­gan­isms that make up the sand in these lo­ca­tions. Black sand is com­prised of vol­canic glass.

Re­gard­less of its com­po­si­tion, sand is a nui­sance to some peo­ple. Be­cause it is light­weight and can stick to cloth­ing and other items, sand of­ten fol­lows beach rev­el­ers home. Dur­ing and af­ter a beach trip, these sug­ges­tions can make sand less prob­lem­atic.

• Pro­tect the skin. Sand re­flects the sun’s rays and can be hot to the touch. Ex­perts es­ti­mate that beach sand can reach 120 to 130 F. Wear san­dals or wa­ter shoes to pro­tect del­i­cate un­der­sides of the feet. And don’t for­get to ap­ply sun­screen to all ar­eas of the feet, which are vul­ner­a­ble to sun­burn. • Pow­der up. Baby pow­der, made of sim­ple corn­starch, can help re­move sand from the feet and body. Ap­ply a thin layer to ar­eas where stub­born sand is stick­ing, and it will fall away.

• Avoid dig­ging dan­gers. Dig­ging holes in the sand seems like fun, but it can be danger­ous if a col­lapse oc­curs. Har­vard re­searchers have cat­a­logued 72 sand col­lapse sto­ries over the past decade-plus, and 60 proved fa­tal. A good rule of thumb is to dig sand holes that are no deeper than the knees of the small­est per­son in the hole.

• Rinse all items. Shake and rinse all beach toys of sand be­fore re­turn­ing home. Hang tow­els, coverups and other cloth­ing out­side to shake off on a clothes­line be­fore laun­der­ing. This will cut down on the amount of sand tracked in­side.

Sand can be a bit of a nui­sance. Make sum­mer excursions more fun by han­dling sand ef­fec­tively.

COUR­TESY OF METRO CRE­ATIVE

Be­cause it is light­weight and can stick to cloth­ing and other items, sand of­ten fol­lows beach rev­el­ers home.

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