A little bit of summer is what the whole year is about. As summer-time approaches, it’s important to remember that sun damage is real and that it’s better to take precautions than to be sorry.
Skin cancer is a serious problem for millions worldwide. While a healthy tan can make you look and feel great, it can also nudge you one step closer towards skin cancer and accelerated aging.
This article will show you some simple ways to stay safe from the sun this summer, so prepare to take a splash in a Fibreglass Pool of your own!
Don’t Exercise At The Wrong Time Of Day
If the sun’s out and it feels heavy and humid, then don’t exercise. If you must engage in vigorous exercise, then make sure to do it in the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning. Avoid being out in the afternoon and try to take a quick nap during the hottest hours instead.
Try an abbreviated exercise routine and make sure to drink plenty of fluids before exercise, and after exercise for maximum hydration. Which brings us to the next point.
Don’t Rely On Your Thirst
Your thirst only kicks in when your body is in dire need of water. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late. Dehydration can cause all sorts of health issues that are terrible in both the short and long term. Don’t go for sugary drinks, either. Simple, straight-forward water is enough.
You should also make a habit of sipping water at regular intervals rather than simply taking a huge swig every once in a while. Overweight people and athletes in particular should make sure to be extra attentive to their hydration levels, as everyone sweats at different rates. In case of serious dehydration, a quick little mixture of salt, sugar, and water does the trick.
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Avoid Dehydrating Drinks
Caffeine and hard alcohol mess with your body’s ability to manage electrolyte levels and can cause you to lose more water than you retain.
Other stimulants such as cigarettes also increase your heart rate and trigger nervous system over-stimulation which can cause people to get more excited.
Instead of these drinks, go for simple fruit juices or water instead.
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Choose breathable and lightweight clothing only. Make sure to choose clothing with long sleeves that covers the few inches of skin that are usually exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Light-colors are scientifically noted to reflect the bright rays coming from the sun and disperse heat. Dark colors are noted to absorb heat and warm up the body. Choose flowing and long clothing to allow for proper air-flow as well. You don’t want to trap hot air inside your clothes, either.
Try Cooling Foot Baths
Some people are especially vulnerable to sunstroke. The elderly are vulnerable as their bodies can’t adjust to the change in temperature as efficiently as young people. On the flip side, infants and toddlers have under-developed sweat glands and can’t cool off efficiently as well. Ensure the very old and very young are hydrated in advance and have them dress lightly.
A safe, simple method of cooling down is to fill a bucket with cool water(not ice cold) and simply dip your feet in them.
Be aware of the common signs of heatstroke: Fever, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.
Carry Essential Sun Protection
It never hurts to carry around important things like sunglasses and an umbrella. A simple handkerchief is great for wiping off sweat as well.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays that can trigger conditions such as cataracts.
Ignore high prices, look for UVA and UVB protection labels instead.
Umbrellas are shockingly simple at protecting your body from intense rays and act as portable shade makers you can pull out at the drop of a hat.
Understand Your Body’s Pulse Points
Your body has quick cooling spots you can apply water onto to cool your body quickly. These are called pulse points because they are areas you can feel your blood vessels pulse because the vessels are close to the surface of the skin. The neck and wrist are the most common areas, as are the insides of your elbows and knees.
There is also a pulse point across the temple of your head, which is why athletes are sometimes seen with a wet cloth draped across their heads.
Wrap ice cubes in a cloth and drape them over these pulse points to stay cool.
Arm Yourself With Broad-Spectrum, Water-Resistant Sunscreen With SPF 30 Or Higher
Apply one ounce of sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply every 2 hours or after contact with water.
Your sunscreen isn’t a miracle worker. Limit your exposure to the sun even if you use higher strength sunscreen. Use many different techniques of skin protection at once, such as using light clothing, shade, and sunscreen together. One solution is never enough.
A 2017 study conducted by Joseph. S Takahashi had some startling results. Your body contains an enzyme that repairs UV damaged skin, and timely eating of meals at breakfast and lunch triggers this response. Eating excess food at wrong hours of the day blocks this enzyme and prevents your body from repairing DNA damage caused by UVB rays.
Incorporate plenty of fruits and veggies during summer, and make sure to eat them at regular, consistent times to ensure your body has everything it needs to naturally protect itself against sun damage.
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While prevention is always cheaper than the cure, it also pays to regularly inspect your skin to check for any signs of problems.
Skin cancer is much easier to treat when you catch it early. Watch for skin markings, moles, bumps, and pay attention to any changes in texture, color, size, or shape on your skin. Talk to your doctor if you see anything worth mentioning and don’t hesitate to ask them questions.
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