Stay Healthy in the Summer Sun
The sun gives us life, daylight, warmth and happiness. It is a powerful, burning beacon of light shining down on us, ready to be appreciated. And as the days of summer stretch out before us, there’s plenty of sun to enjoy. But with the beauty of the sun comes many dangers. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to getting burned, dehydration, or symptoms of heat exhaustion. Follow these tips to ensure your time in the sun is safe, protected and healthy.
This is an easy one. And you probably hear it all the time from TV, your parents and things you read online. But that’s because this really is one of the most important things you need to remember. Walking around looking like a red lobster because you didn’t use sunscreen is not a good look – but more vitally – the sun can have long term dangerous effects like skin disease and damage to your skin cells. Don’t take that risk. Ensure you select a sunblock with an appropriate SPF (sun protection factor) and reapply the sunblock throughout the day as needed.
Dehydration is the enemy! Your body needs an average of 8 glasses of water per day to stay healthy… and that’s just on a regular day! When you spend time in the sun, your body sweats and becomes dehydrated more quickly. This means you need to drink extra water to keep yourself nourished and healthy in the sun. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and take lots of sips throughout the day.
Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day
The sun is at it’s hottest and most dangerous between the hours of 11am and 3pm, when it is the highest in the sky. Try to avoid direct exposure to sunlight during these hours by seeking shade or staying indoors.
Wear White or Light Colours
White or light colours will deflect the sunrays and keep you cool. Dark and black tones will only absorb heat and make you feel even hotter. Ditch the darks and love the lights for more comfortable summer clothing.
Stay Covered Up
Hat? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Long sleeves and pants? Double check. Long clothes might seem counterintuitive to staying cool but go for light materials like cotton or linen to stay both cool and covered up. Sunglasses are so much more than just a fashion accessory – they can keep your eyes protected and safe from dangerous UV rays. But if you happen to get a pair of shades that make you look awesome at the same time as looking after you? Bonus!
Splash Water on Your Neck and Wrists
This is a fast and effective way to stay cool. Your neck and wrists are pressure points and so splashing cold water on these areas can help to bring your overall body temperature down. Try it – it works!
Having fun and enjoying yourself during the summer months, is great; but the most important thing is your health and well-being. So, stay protected and cool – to stay happy in the sun – this summertime.