An author once wrote, “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” He was right, but that is certainly not the whole story.
Summer's pleasures also carry with them the need for special attention to our bodies, healthy lifestyles and warm weather safety. This article will provide you suggestions, recommendations and cautions that can help to make your summer a delight.
One of the most important recommendations is to use sunscreen, but there seems to be confusion about which SPF formula is most appropriate. The frequency of application is the most critical consideration. A sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays should be applied to dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours. One ounce of sunscreen, enough to fill a shot glass is the amount recommended by The American Academy of Dermatology to properly cover the exposed areas of the body. Use a lip balm with sunscreen protection of SPF 15 or higher as well.
Children are especially at risk for sunburn so be sure to help them prevent one. Use specially developed products and apply them regularly and always have a hat and cover-up on hand when you are going to be out.
After you have been in the sun, remember to moisturize and replenish your skin so that it will not suffer from dryness and stiffness that summer often brings. Remember when you apply any moisturizer to make sure that the skin is damp for best absorption.
Dehydration is also a summer problem. Drink plenty of water every day and encourage others to do so, especially when exerting extra energy. When you can, sit in the shade to avoid the sun. You will be amazed at how a cool drink in a sheltered spot can help you recharge your batteries.
Protecting your skin during the sunny days of summer will help you shine all year round.