Essential safety tips for the summer sunshine.
The days of summer are ahead of us, and many are making the most of it by soaking up the rays. Whether we choose to spend the summer abroad, in our backyard, or by a pool, we must remember to stay safe when out in the sun. Summer sunshine can cause all sorts of skin damage, including melanomas, skin cancer, and sunburn. Keep yourself and your family safe with these tips.
Start indoors. Apply a lotion with at least SPF15 on skin at least 15 minutes before heading outside. This will allow the sunscreen to be fully absorbed into the skin. Also, apply before getting dressed so that you don’t miss a spot.
Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is when the sun rays are at their strongest and most lethal. If you can avoid going out in the sun at this time (and stop the kids going out in it, too), you’re already helping protect yourself against those rays.
Keep applying sunscreen. Water acts like a hall of mirrors for UV rays, so you’re more likely to get burnt in the water than out, especially if you haven’t reapplied your sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours, and more if you’re in and out of water or sweating.
Wear the right clothing. To protect yourself from the harmful rays, opt to choose loose and comfortable long-sleeve tops and pants. Make sure you have a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses on hand, too.
Stay hydrated. Hydration is one of the most important ways to prevent sunstroke. Sweating too much can make us lose a lot of water. Cool off by staying hydrated, making sure you fill up on water instead of diuretics like coffee and tea. You can also benefit from water-rich foods, such as celery, watermelon, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.
From the insurance professionals at Abbate Insurance, we hope that you and your family enjoy fun in the sun safely!