Be Best Friends with the Sun: Enjoying the Outdoors Safely
If you live in a sunny state, where the weather is almost always warm, it’d be a shame not to enjoy the outdoors. Think outside beaches and baywalks: there are open meadows, splendid hills, green mountains, and noisy playgrounds. The best thing about being in a temperate climate is that there few worries about sudden temperature changes. You get to bask under the sun for as long as you want!
But we all know how dangerous UV and UVB rays are. Aside from premature wrinkles, they can also cause sunburn and skin cancer. How do you enjoy the great outdoors then, if the sun is your enemy? With a few simple tips, you can be out again. Let the sun be your friend this year – and get a healthy dose of Vitamin D While you’re at it.
This number one tip is NOT to be missed. Whether it’s a fair or cloud day, shielding your sensitive skin from harmful rays is highly recommended. Generously apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside; and reapply every 4 hours (especially if swimming or after sweating). Many people forget to reapply and end up getting uneven tans – or worse, sun burn. Make sure to target all exposed areas such as the face, neck, back, arms, and legs.
Dress with Flair
Those scarves, hats, and shawls aren’t just fashion statements. They can protect you from harmful sun rays. So don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and a chiffon shawl on your Spring picnic. Not only will you look absolutely stunning, it will keep your skin naturally safe, too. Shawls can be used to cover shoulders and the back; same for wide scarves. They’re also handy once the sun sets and the temperature drops.
Bring Lots of Fluid
Preferably, water. But any natural juices are also fine. Pack water bottles or a cool box filled with your family’s favorite drinks. Try coconut juice, which is both refreshing and has health benefits. Make sure everyone is hydrated before and after playing under the sun – particularly for high intensity sports such as football, beach volley, or swimming.
Know When To Stay Under the Shade
As much fun as it is to be out on a sunny day, don’t overdo it. Know when you need to seek shade, like during midday. At this time, the sun is at its highest in the sky; giving out stronger rays. If you’re after Vitamin D, it’s best to get your fix at sunrise or before 11AM. Don’t worry, you can continue to enjoy the sun before it sets after 2PM, when it’s not as hot. In the meantime, plan other amusing activities such as story-telling or board games.
The sun is not only a great source of heat, it brightens our day and instantly lifts our mood. Notice that people seem gloomier during Winter? That’s due to lack of natural light. So if you get the chance to hang out under the sun, take it. Bring your friends and family together. As long as you take proper precautions, everyone can have a nice time on a natural sunny day!