5 Healthy & Practical Tips for Summer Sun Safety
August is National Summer Sun Safety Month, encouraging folks to stay safe without compromising their fun in the sun. This week on the Vibrant Health blog we’re sharing five practical tips to protect your skin and body this season. Your health and wellness is the number one priority, after all!
5 Tips for Summer Sun Safety
- Stay Hydrated
- Apply (and Re-apply) Sunscreen
- Invest in UPF Clothing
- Don’t Forget to Protect Your Peepers
- Limit Sun Exposure & Say Yes to Shade
Between long days at the beach and outdoor BBQs, staying hydrated is more important than ever this time of year! Keep a reusable water bottle by your side when on the go, and opt for water-packed foods like watermelon, cucumber and berries. And do your best to limit alcoholic beverages, especially when out in the sun. Here are some more healthy ways to cool down this summer!
Apply (and Re-apply) Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for sunny days at the beach! Be sure you’re applying (and yes, re-applying) sunscreen daily — even when it’s cloudy outside. Look for a quality broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection. Here are some more ways to take care of your skin this summer!
Invest in UPF Clothing
The ultimate sun-safe hack: wear UPF clothing! Many brands like Coolibar create sun-protective apparel — including tees, dresses, and swimwear — with UPF 50+. This summer, consider investing in UPF clothing for the whole family so you have one less thing to worry about when going out in the sun!
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Peepers
While we often think of our skin first when it comes to sun safety, be sure to take care of your peepers too! Protect your eyes from harmful UV sun rays by wearing protective sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays (ahem, not those cheap dollar ones) and choose hats with a good sized brim.
Limit Sun Exposure & Say Yes to Shade
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — with about half of the UV radiation received during those hours. Do your best to limit sun exposure, especially during that time frame and when it doubt, seek shade. Umbrellas, shady spots under a tree, and canopies will be your new best friend.
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