Keep Healthy and Safe this Summer
As the heat index proves, summer is officially in full swing. Here are some common-sense tips to help keep you out of the doctor’s office this season. You’ve probably heard them before but we all need reminding. When was the last time you made it through the summer without a sun burn or a bug bite?
- Choose a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher that is formulated for protection against UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are some of the most preventative chemicals but are typically found in sunblocks rather than sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a good sunscreen should contain at least two of the following: avobenzone, oxybenzone, or Mexoryl SX (also known as ecamsule). Labels that list “multi-spectrum,” “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” must contain some level of UVA protection.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before any outdoor activity. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after any exposure to water or sweat. Even water-proof or water-resistant sunscreen is rubbed off after 40 minutes of water activity.
- Remember to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Don’t forget ears and lips. A thorough application should use at least two ounces of product.
- Wear as much clothing as the heat will allow. Wear shoes outdoors at all times.
- Avoid wearing bright colors and strong perfumes including soaps and shampoos. Insects are attracted to both.
- Remove any standing water from your property. It is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other bugs.
- Protect exposed skin with insect repellant. Products containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) are the most effective.
- Treat your pets with flea and tick medicine. Ask your veterinarian for their recommendation on products and dosage amounts.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity during midday. The sun’s rays are strongest from noon to 2:00 p.m.
- Spend time in the shade as much as possible. Carry an umbrella to all outdoor occasions.
- Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water, sports drinks and juices. Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Moderate alcohol consumption and alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades, light colored curtains or reflective material external to the glass. Remember to change the air filter in your house every month to keep your air conditioner running smoothly.
The best summer advice comes courtesy of Restoration Consultant, Chad Folds. “Enjoy it! It’ll be over before you know it.”