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Summer is full of beach days, cookouts and backyard activities. With all the fun that takes place, it’s easy to forget to protect our bodies from the sun. As wonderful as the sun might feel, it’s no friend to your skin. Whether the sun is bright and shining or hidden by the clouds, it’s important to stay protected when you’re spending time outside. Overexposure to sun can cause your skin to age and may result in severe skin damage. Keep yourself and family safe this summer by utilizing these helpful reminders.

Sunscreen

Choose sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum coverage. The sun emits both UVB and UVA rays. Choosing a broad-spectrum formula will help protect your skin from both rays. Choosing a water-resistant lotion will provide even more protection if you are spending time in the pool or at the beach.

The higher SPF the better. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. But the higher the better, as it will provide additional UVB protection.

Lather up. When applying sunscreen, follow the label directions and be sure to cover your entire body – generosity is key! There are many areas that tend to be overlooked, such as the back of your knees, ears and scalp. Even the smallest area left uncovered can burn and that’s never fun!

Reapply often. Most sunscreen wears off within two hours, so it’s important to not leave your skin exposed without protection. Whether you sweat or take a dip in the water, you should remember to continually reapply while being outside.

Clothing

Cover your body with light-colored, loose clothing. Many sport stores offer UV protection clothing. Now, these don’t fully protect your skin, but they do provide added protection to keep away those rays.

Slide on the shades. Eye protection is just as important as rubbing on lotion. Ideally you want to wear larger framed, UV-blocking sunglasses. Wrap-around frames will provide the most protection and will help guard your eyes from all different angles.

Keep cool in a hat. Hats help protect more than just your scalp. Wearing a large brimmed hat will help protect your ears, forehead and nose, which are often in the forefront of sunburns.

Hydrate

Drinking water is the best way to rehydrate your body. Water helps muscles and joints work better. Sports drinks and diluted real fruit juices are a close second. Sugary drinks like soda or punch can prevent your body from absorbing water because your body takes longer to process these liquids.

Consume foods that contain high amounts of water. Many fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of water, which will help your body stay hydrated. Cucumbers, watermelon and strawberries can help to cool and replenish your body.

Seek Shade

Know your limits. Be aware of your limits. Even if you don’t feel the burn, the sun is still taking its toll on your body. UV rays are at their strongest from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s important to seek shade or cool areas to avoid the sun for extended periods of time.

Take these tips with you on your next family outing to be sure everyone stays safe this summer season. Share how you and your family are staying safe this season!

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Sasha W.

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Sasha W. began her career at Publix in 2007 as a cashier and has since gained experience in both Event Planning and Social Media – which is perfect, because the combination of those two interests are what drive the writing behind her favorite blog posts! A New England girl turned southern belle, Sasha loves taking her puppy on tropical adventures all throughout Florida. Describing herself as fifty percent manatee and fifty percent flamingo, Sasha hopes to bring fun and unique ideas to your future events!

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