Summer holidays are about having fun in the sun; whether it’s a trip to the beach, a family picnic, or an outdoor sport. However, it’s always a good idea to protect yourself at the same time, whether it’s buying some sunscreen for your skin, contact lenses or sunglasses for eye health, or any other measure that should be taken in extreme heat.
The good news is that you can still enjoy the weather and safeguard against any unpleasantries by reducing the risks. Here are a few tips on doing just that.
Protect your skin
It’s common knowledge that UV radiation can result in sunburn or even skin cancer. It’s less commonly known, however, that the sun can harm your skin in only 15 minutes.
If you’re planning to spend more than just a few minutes outside, use a water-resistant sunscreen. That’s especially the case if you’re going for a swim or you think you’ll be sweating. Choose a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30.
Put on two table spoons of sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Protect your eyes
The sun can use eye damage in the short-term, as well as having potential long-term repercussions. It can result in burns to the corneas, for example, which can lead to blurry vision and pain until the cornea’s surface heals. This is most commonly caused by failing to wear sunglasses while sunbathing.
You also need to ensure that you’re taking care of your eyes in the same way as you would at any other time of the year. If you do get blurry vision, you don’t want to make it worse by failing to wear your glasses or contacts. If you do wear glasses, however, sunglasses obviously wouldn’t look very cool sat over them. You could always get some lenses in that case. There’s a wide range of popular contact lenses available from the likes of Vision Direct. Taking care of your eyes is just one health habit you need to ensure you keep up with in the summer, such as taking cold showers and a daily stretching routine. Just because the sun is shining, it doesn’t mean that your regular routine should be neglected.
Stay hydrated and keep cool
Among the biggest issues on the hot summer days is dehydration. If you’re outdoors for under 60 minutes performing a non-strenuous activity such as walking, you can stay hydrated with water. If you’re outside any longer, however, or engaging in something strenuous such as tennis, a sports drink would be more suitable.
One of the keys to staying hydrated is to drink prior to feeling thirsty. Thirst is an indicator that you’re minimally between five and 10 per cent less hydrated than you should be.
To maintain your hydration, drink between 16 and 20 ounces of water one to two hours before going outside. Drink another six to 12 ounces every 10 to 15 minutes when outside. Drink another 16 to 24 ounces when you’re back inside.
Stay safe by the pool
If you enjoy taking to the water while on holiday, be careful. You could find yourself badly sunburned just from hanging out in the pool all day.
That’s simply because people don’t think about the face that sunlight reflects off water. They also forgot that they need to reapply sunscreen. Further, the water’s cooling effect can make you forget all about the sun and heat.
Remember to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day. Finally, if you’re bald or have thinning hair, you may wish to consider wearing a hat.
When it comes to planning for a summer of fun, get some sunscreen at the ready, along with a pair of sunglasses, a floppy hat, and some sports drinks. Keep your eye on the weather and take special care on those extra hot days.