Staying safe in summer doesn’t mean that you have to have less fun, but rather just means that you can ensure you can have fun throughout the season!
Nobody likes being laid up in bed through crippling sunburn pain, that’s for sure.
To help you get through the next few months no worse for wear, here are some straightforward tips to ensure your safety when you’re out and about.
Summer Top Tips
1. Stay shaded
Long-term exposure to sunlight will end in disaster, no matter how thickly you apply the sun cream! Get yourself under a parasol and don’t forget the sunglasses.
2. Find the right cream for you
Fair-skinned people will need a stronger cream than most, so it’s important to know which is right for your skin tone to prevent burns.
3. Cover up in moderation
Although there might be nothing quite as freeing as taking your shirt off on a stuffy day, it could be a bad idea to risk exposure to sunlight for long periods of time.
4. Know your allergies
If you’re going to be out in a field all day, it might be worth popping an antihistamine early in the morning so that it has a long-lasting effect. You don’t want to be stuck inside while everyone enjoys the sun more than you have to.
5. Hydrate and then hydrate some more
You can lose a lot of your body’s water through sweating and when you’re exercising a lot in the sun, you can guess how much you could possibly lose. Help your body to stay in top condition by replacing lost fluids and drink the recommended amount of water.
6. Watch for rashes
If your complexion is a little patchy or your skin is less smooth to the touch, it could be a sign that you’ve spent too much time in the sun and it’s had an adverse effect on you. Know when to spot the signs that your body is disagreeing with the weather.
7. Don’t look at the sun
A fairly standard tip for most people, but one that’s worth mentioning nonetheless. Looking directly at our closest star on especially bright days can cause long-term damaged to your vision and is simply not a risk worth taking.
8. Be wary of bugs
Everyone knows that wasps and bees can be real menaces during the sunny season. However, less well known pests, such as mosquitoes and ticks, can make you contract Lyme disease or even the West Nile Virus. Stock up on insect repellent.
9. Drink responsibly
Opening a beer at a barbeque is almost irresistible for most, but you should always keep your wits about you when drinking in hot conditions. Alcohol can dehydrate instead of hydrating and sunburn is far likelier when you’ve had a few too many and dozed off in your deckchair!
10. Know when to call it a day
Spending long periods of time in the sun isn’t advisable as you are at risk of not only sunburn, but more severe ailments such as sunstroke and skin cancer. If you feel slightly dizzy or not quite yourself, retreat to some shade or get yourself indoors.
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