Hi Friends! I hope you are all enjoying your summer break and having fun. Summer is the hottest time of the year with temperatures often reaching over 100 degrees- doggone that’s HOT! Although it is toasty outside, there is plenty to do to keep busy and stay cool. However, nobody likes being stuck inside all day and being in the sun is something that just can’t be avoided when temps are on the rise. In celebration of UV Safety Month, here are some sun safety tips to stay cool, health, and hydrated this summer.
- Lather Up: Always use sunscreen when going outside, even if it’s for a short-while. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin and eye damage.
- Plan Your Day: Try to avoid outside activities when the sun is the strongest, which is between 10am and 4pm. Even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days UV rays can cause damage, so lather up regularly!
- Cover Up: In addition to sunscreen, covering up using hats, clothing that you cannot see through, an umbrella, and/or a tent. Babies under 6 months old should be kept out of the sun whenever possible.
- Sunglasses: Sun exposure causes damage to the eyes, just like the skin, so it’s important to protect your baby blues (or browns, or greens…) by wearing sunglasses. And you’ll look super cool too!
- Sunburn Treatment: Sunburns are bound to happen when living in the Desert, no matter how careful you are. If a sunburn does occur, below are some suggests on how to treat it:
- Take a cool bath or gently apply cool, wet compressions
- Apply pure aloe vera gel to the sunburned area
- Give you child anti-inflammatory medicine or use acetaminophen to ease the pain and itching
- Stay out of the sun until sunburn is healed
- If sunburn is severe and blisters develop, call your doctor