The Fourth of July is here! Time to get together with friends and family to celebrate our independence with fun, food and the outdoors! We are FREE to show off our patriotism by decorating cupcakes, our homes, and ourselves with red, white and blue flair. We are also FREE to choose how we protect ourselves from sun damage and possible sunburn as we spend many hours having fun in the sun. Below are some easy tips (in pictures) to keep in mind for the holiday and everyday after.
1. Drink lots of water! Nourishing your body with fluids will help it to naturally keep you cool in very hot climates. If you experience headaches, nausea, or dizziness, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and should seek medical attention.
2. Seek the shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat! The shade will make any hot day feel a bit cooler. Encourage children to play in the shade and don’t be afraid to join them. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the parts of your body that are the most delicate and prone to sunburn; your face, neck, and ears. You don’t have to turn your back on the sun completely–just plan your activities to take place early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun’s UV rays are not the strongest.
3. Relax without worry-free! Holiday planning can be stressful, but once the party starts–just relax and enjoy yourself. Take the proper safety precautions and your holiday will go smoothly. Keep children away from fireworks and make sure they always wear a life jacket when in or near big bodies of water.
4.Cover-up! Wear UV protective sunwear and clothing to avoid unwanted sunburn and damage. UV Skinz sunwear provides 50+ UPF protection all day, wet or dry. It’s an easy and very effective choice for babies, children and adults. Wear sunglasses because believe it or not your eyes can become sunburned.
5. Generously Apply Sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.