How to Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

There’s nothing better than getting outdoors and getting some good ol’ Vitamin D from the sun. Summer is a great time for enjoying being outside - whether you’re hitting the beach or going for a hike. But, it’s super important that you take necessary precautions to make sure that you’re protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. Here are some tips to keep you safe!

Wear sunscreen.

This might seem like an obvious point, but so many of us rush outside and forget to apply sunscreen. If you want to avoid nasty skin conditions like cancer, it’s absolutely imperative that you slap on some sunscreen.

Most experts recommend applying at least 1 ounce (or a shotglass full) over your face and body at least 15 minutes before you go outside. Don’t worry about buying super high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) level sunscreen - doctors say an SPF of 30 is sufficient. Also, don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours (especially if you’re sweating or getting in the water).

Put on a wide-brimmed hat.

Hats are a great way to protect both your face and your scalp from getting burned. Just wear something with a wide-brim, so you can be sure you’re completely protected.

Rock your sunnies.

Protecting your eyes from the sun is also really crucial. Wear shades that offer UV protection (there’s usually a sticker on them saying whether they are) to make sure that the sun’s UV rays aren’t affecting your vision.

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Wear makeup with built-in sunscreen.

Even if you forget to apply sunscreen to your face, you’ll be in the clear if you’re using makeup that includes SPF in it. Check foundations or tinted moisturizers for an SPF of at least 15. Of course, it’s always good to apply sunscreen as well, but at least you’ll be sure to have some protection if you’re using makeup with sunscreen in it.

Try to stick to the shade.

The sun’s rays are at their most powerful during the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. If possible, relax in the shade to avoid even more exposure to the sun. You can still enjoy the outdoors, but skip the direct overhead sunlight if you can.

Dress in lightweight or loose-fitting clothes.

Experts recommend wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible (like a long-sleeve shirt or long pants) to help protect you from the sun. In fact, light colors are your best option since dark colors will actually absorb heat. Natural fibers like cotton are also good to wear. If you’re at the beach, just try to wear a cover-up as soon as you get out of the water - this will help reduce your chance of getting burned.

Drink lots of water.

If you’re out in the sun, it’s absolutely vital that you drink lots of water. During outdoor activities or when it’s really hot, you tend to sweat more, which means you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Keep some water with you at all times, so you can make sure you’re staying hydrated! And drink even if you don’t feel thirsty - not being thirsty can actually be a sign that dehydration has already set in!

Avoid consuming lots of sugar or alcohol.

To avoid dehydration, make sure that you’re not drinking sugary drinks (including sports drinks) or alcohol. These beverages will lead to dehydration much faster than if you were just drinking water. Just stick with H2O, and you’ll be in good shape.

Cool off if you feel overheated.

If you start to feel any signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke (skin that is hot to the touch, excessive sweating, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea), make sure to get out of the sun. Sometimes taking a swim can help regulate your body temperature. Just make sure if any of these symptoms continue that you seek medical attention immediately!

So, follow these safety tips, and enjoy your time in the summer sun!

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