Summer is almost here!! Time to go outside, family BBQ’s and outdoor activities galore.
Summer fun also comes with Summer Safety. Follow the steps below and you can worry about how much you are enjoying yourself instead of that nasty sunburn.
Here are 5 Things to remember before you go outside this summer
1. Dress Properly
We always check the weather before going outside in case it rains so you can grab an umbrella. But checking the weather can also help you decide what to wear. In the summer, it is important to stick to light-colored cotton and linen clothing. You can also wear hats and sunglasses when you go outside. These breathable fabric and accessories will reduce your body’s temperature preventing it from overheating.
2. Wear Sunscreen
Even if the weather is not hot or sunny, you should always wear sun screen to protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These rays can cause damage to your skin like sunburn, premature wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF (Sun Protector Factor) of 30 and continue to reapply them every 2 hours when you are continually exposed to the sun. Remember to search for sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” protection which protects your skin from both UVA (causes skin cancer) and UVB (causes sun burn) rays from the sun.
3. Time Correctly
Try to avoid going out in the sun and prolonging your exposure to the sun or limit the time spent out. The sun’s rays are the strongest form 10am to 4pm. Stick to running errands in the morning or the late afternoon to minimize the direct sun exposure. You should wear sunscreen even during this time to protect your skin.
4. Gather Supplies
Before you go outside think if you have everything that you need. Here are a few things that can be essential when you go outside.
- Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
- Bug Spray
- Allergy Medication
- Sunglasses and Hats
-First Aid Kit
5. Seek Shade
When you go outside, remember to stick to the shaded areas as an added protection from the sun. Like under an umbrella at the beach or under a tree at the park.
Stay Safe and Protect your skin!
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