Fun in the Sun: Safety Tips
Like flowers, people tend to lean towards the sun. Summer gets a lot of love, but it’s important to learn how to have fun in the sun without risking your well-being. Overexposure to the sun can cause serious health problems such as skin cancers, so follow these safety tips this season to make the most of the summer without compromising your health.
Wear a Hat
Protect your face, ears and shoulders by choosing a wide brimmed hat. Other hats are helpful too, but the wider the brim the more surface area is being protected from the sun. Wearing a hat can also make you feel less lethargic after a day spent outdoors, and the portable shelter can also protect your eyes. Hats are not just a fashion accessory!
On that note, try to find shade so you can rest in between minutes spent in the sun. Trees, pergolas and beach umbrellas are some examples of good shade. When possible, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as that is when the sun is at its harshest. If you were looking for an excuse to sleep in and take the day on coast time, here it is!
Apply and re-apply sunblock religiously. Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher, and put it on liberally 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours, especially if you are swimming or if you sweat it off in the heat. Another important thing to remember is that you can’t layer up on SPF, meaning if you use an SPF 15 moisturiser and an SPF 50 sunscreen, you will be protected by the highest SPF only.
Look mysterious and chic while protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays! Sunglasses are essential in any season, as it blocks UVB and UVA rays. Find a pair that blocks both of these rays completely. Sunglasses also reduce glare, which is helpful when in the snow, out on the water, or driving around. Many people tend to pick sunglasses they think are stylish, but it’s important to make sure it will protect you too.
It’s the silly season, but stay on top of the game by being responsible and proactive. If you’re going for a hike, let someone know where you will be and what time to expect you back. Stick to the safety rules of all summer sports and activities. Staying focused also includes being diligent about the four tips mentioned above. Wear a hat, use SPF and wear sunglasses every day to minimise damage.