Summer Essentials: Top 7 items you need to endure and enjoy the summer heat!

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A summer trip isn’t all fun and games. It’s important to make sure that you keep yourself safe from the harmful effects of the sun – not to mention the heat while you have fun to spend time with friends and family. While some of these items are known to be staples for summer, there might still be some key points that you’re missing out on so read on.

Sunscreen

When choosing a sunscreen, opt for one with “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreen with this label will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays.

While all sunscreen products will protect you against UVB rays, which mainly causes sunburns and skin cancers, not all sunscreen products offer protection against UVA rays – which also contribute to skin cancers AND premature aging. Here are other key things that you should remember about sunscreen:

  • SPF – Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This number plays an important role in choosing the right sunscreen as it indicates the level of protection that the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. The higher the number, the more protection you have against the harmful effects of the sun.
  • Water Resistant -Don’t mistake the label “water resistant” for “waterproof”. Remember that no sunscreen products are waterproof nor are they sweatproof. For sunscreen labels that have “water resistant” on it, check it further for any specification about how long it will typically last in the skin after swimming or sweating.
  • Reapplication -The key to using sunscreen is reapplication. It’s not a one-time thing. See to it that you reapply sunscreen products every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating.

 

Lip Balm with SPF

Our lips are very prone to losing moisture and even more prone to sun damage. Using regular lip balms or shiny lip gloss will not work in your favor if you use them while you’re out in the sun – especially lip gloss. They absorb sunlight and increase the risk of getting a sunburn on your lips. Ouch!
You’ll find that most lip balms with SPF are only labeled SPF 15. But nowadays, there are brands that offer lip balms with higher SPF. Here are a couple of suggestions:

 

Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun with sunglasses that block at least 99% of the sun. Here are some suggested brands of sunglasses with sun protection.

Sun Hat

Protect your scalp and the high points of your face with a wide-brimmed hat. Yes, your scalp is skin too. Sun hats and sunglasses also prevent squinting of the eyes when exposed to bright sunlight which contributes to developing crow’s feet around the eyes.

Aloe Vera Gel

Nothing soothes sunburns better than an aloe vera gel. They’re surprisingly inexpensive, cooling, refreshing, and they sink into the skin almost immediately. So keep your favorite brand of aloe vera soothing gel handy for your summer trips.

Lightweight Jacket

Summer vacations and the beach usually go hand in hand. Be ready with a lightweight jacket, like a hoodie or a denim jacket in case you stay out by the beach until night time as it gets much colder. Protect yourself from the cold breeze while enjoying drinks by the bonfire.

Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key when you’re out in the sun. Sugary drinks, while refreshing when they’re ice cold, will leave you feeling a lot more parched after a while. So it’s still best to stick to the OG thirst quencher Help the environment by keeping a reusable water bottle handy so you don’t contribute more waste and garbage.

There you have it! Enjoy the rest of the summer with your loved ones while keeping yourself and everyone safe from the harmful effects of the sun!

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