It is officially Summer! Practice summer safety to stay healthy and well while enjoying the season.
Protecting Your Skin
In the summer, the sun's rays are more direct and powerful than other seasons. Make sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when headed outdoors. There are many brands of sunscreen on the market today for different skin types and needs. Pick one that you like, and go with it! Sunscreen redirects the sun's rays before they hit your skin, preventing direct cell damage. Sunscreen can prevent premature aging, sunburn, and sun-related skin cancer.
Beware of Excessive Heat
Be aware of how you are feeling outdoors in excessive heat.
Your body will alert you when something is wrong, so listen to it!
Common signs of heat exhaustion are:
- Excessive sweating
- Pale, moist skin
- Muscle cramps
- Dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Being aware of the signs can keep you safe and alert you to when you need to get indoors and replenish.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Drink plenty of fluids in the summer. Our bodies are made up of 60% water, so replenishing water that is lost by sweating will keep your body cool.
The worst part of summer are the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are known to carry viruses that are harmful to our health.
Did you know that mosquitoes prefer blood type O over A or B blood types? Load up on bug spray or long clothing to repel these pests.
Have a safe and healthy Summer!