This article was provided by Titan Medical Group.
Whether you’re at the lake, on a boat, or hiking the mountains this summer while having fun in the sun, be sure to keep yourself protected from both the heat and the Ultraviolet (UV) rays. Here are some safety summer sun tips to help avoid heat exhaustion and sunburns.
-Summer Sun Tips-
Be sure to keep extra bottles of water in your vehicle. Seventy percent of your body is water. It is recommended that you drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to replenish your body, especially in the hot summer months when you’re sweating and doing more outdoor activities to prevent dehydration. Keeping water in your vehicle is a good idea for emergencies in which water might be needed.
Planning to spend long periods of time in the outdoors? You’ll want to wear a shirt that comfortably covers your shoulders and neck. Dark-colored clothing can provide more protection than loose fabric and lighter colors. You also can’t forget about the pesky bugs that buzz around during those warm and humid summer nights. Just like sunscreen, use insect repellant to avoid irritating bug bites and potential viruses. You can also light citronella candles and/or torches to keep mosquitoes away in your backyard or campsites.
Using sunscreen on your face is important even on those overcast days when you think you might not need it. Daily use of a moisturizer with SPF is both nourishing, protective, and healthy for your skin. You’ll also want to get a pair of sunglasses that are labeled as blocking UV rays at 100% to protect your vision. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every two hours with an SPF of 30 or more. Reapplying will also be important after swimming or sweating. A suggested tip would be to keep extra sunscreen in your car. That way, you always have some on-hand.
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