Summer is here, there is no denying that. The hopes of a cool breeze are slowly diminishing and the thought of clothes is scorchingly overbearing. But we must not treat the sun as a god and put our health in danger.
Protect Your Skin
Roam your home in your panties or boxers but once you step out that door cover your skin. Long sleeves, long pant legs, hat. For ladies, a long summer dress can be perfectly fashionable and safe in the glaring sun. For those who don’t wear dresses, linen is your summer friend. Loose, light and cool, this material gives you all the air and protection you need.
So the general hours of the sun being the hottest are between 11 am and 4 pm. Here’s an idea - stay indoors! Don’t go to the beach, don’t go for a hike, and don’t bring the little ones to the park. It may seem unbearable to stay indoors but plan evening activities like a dinner picnic or walk to soothe your outdoor needs.
If you do need to go out, wear a hat. The first aim is to block the sun from hitting your head directly, the next is to provide shade for better vision, and lastly, facial coverage to avoid direct sun contact. Large rimmed hats are great to cover your neck and shoulders! Wearing black will only attract the sun more so light shades and white will be the best choices for you.
You don’t have to be a 19th-century figure in a famous French painting, nor a vampire, to go about your day with an umbrella, or rather, a parasol. Initially, these were invented for a woman to guard her skin against blemishing as sunscreen hadn't yet been invented. It is safe, lesser effort, and totally chic to bring back into fashion!
If you are to wear sunglasses then select ones that have high protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC. Obviously, you are not going to be staring directly at the sun (well, you shouldn’t anyway!) but the sun rays are still glaring when reflected off shiny surfaces and can damage your eye. And it goes without saying that squinting too much will cause bizarre wrinkles!
Even though it may seem cloudy, it can still be very hot. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, avoid heavy clothes, and still refrain from those hikes. Dehydration and heat stroke can still happen. And the wind! It could be blowing madly so you don’t feel the sun so much, but it is still there, high in the sky, with its dangerous rays aiming to damage your health.
Just try to be sensible this summer. Ensure little children are covered up, even if it is a paddling pool in the garden. Constantly drink water. And remember, getting a tan is nothing compared to the health of your skin.