Sun Safety Tips To Improve Your Wellness This Summer

Jul 25, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Sun safety and wellness

As soon as the first winter days come around, everyone looks forward to those sunny, warm summer weekends.

The summer months mean BBQs, pool parties, beach days, and plenty of other outdoor activities. And while these are all incredibly fun, they also mean exposing yourself to the sun, which if not taken into consideration and dealt with properly, could lead to serious health issues down the road.

Sun safety is an important aspect on one’s overall wellness, and to keep you and your family safe this summer, check out these tips for how to enjoy the outdoors while reducing the chances of any sun-related health issues.
 

Use (the Appropriate Amount Of) Sunscreen

Using sunscreen when planning to be outdoors is an obvious tip, especially if it will be for a longer period of time.

However, many people fail to apply enough sunscreen, which could result in sunburns and other health issues. The American Academy of Dermatology found that most people only apply 25% to 50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen.

Additionally, it takes sunscreen around 15 minutes to be absorbed by the body, which means it is necessary to apply it before going outside, especially for those with fairer skin.

Something else to keep in mind is the need to reapply sunscreen if outside for a prolonged amount of time. It is best to use more sunblock every 2 hours, but if swimming or sweating, every 40 to 60 minutes is better.

Keeping these sunblock tips in mind can help prevent sunburns and other more serious skin issues!
 

Don’t Forget About Hydration

Applying the proper amount of sunscreen is critically important for a healthy day outdoors in the summer months. But something else that is just as imperative, especially for children and older adults, is drinking enough liquids and staying hydrated.

Hydration is key to one’s wellbeing and health when outside, which is why knowing the warning signs of dehydration and the correct amount of liquid to consume is important.

For children, who lose fluids more quickly, some dehydration warning signs include:
 
  • Chapped lips
  • Cold or dry skin
  • Low energy
  • Fast breathing or heart rate

Although much rarer among healthy teenagers and adults, those who are outdoors for long periods of time or who have health conditions can be susceptible to dehydration.

Symptoms for teens and adults include:
 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry or sticky mouth

Much like younger children, seniors are far more at risk of dehydration if outdoors. These warning signs could mean that a senior is suffering from dehydration:
 
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Low blood pressure

Staying properly hydrated is crucial, especially if planning a day full of outdoor activities!
 

Your Eyes Are Vulnerable, Too

When most people think of sun safety, they immediately think of precautions that impact their skin. But your eyes are also sensitive to the sun, and can be damaged if not properly cared for.

Last year, we wrote a blog post (one of our first!) on eye care in the summer. Here are some recommendations from that article to help keep your eyes safe and healthy in the sun:
 
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays
  • Check for 100% UV protection
  • Wear a hat
  • Don’t rely solely on contacts
  • Never look directly at the sun
  • Don’t be fooled by clouds -  the sun’s rays pass through clouds, and can lead to eye damage

When going outdoors, don’t forget about eye safety, especially in the summer.
 

Have a Healthy and Fun Summer by Keeping Safety Top of Mind

The summer months are often the most fun for many people, with outdoor activities becoming a regular occurrence. This is why sun safety and wellness need to be a priority.

Taking the proper steps before going outside and once in the sun can lead to a healthy summer for individuals and their loved ones!

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