Top Tips for Taking Care of Yourself in the Sun this Summer

in Health & Well-being

It’s finally time to start peeling off those layers, picking out your most colorful wardrobe looks, and switching off that SAD lamp, because believe or not, summer is finally upon us. Sources suggest we’re in for one of the longest and hottest summers on record, which means legions of people up and down the country will be stripping off and planning to make the most of that sweet sweet sun.

However, gearing up for the summer means some preparation is in order if you want to stay safe and healthy. This means more than just whipping out those sunglasses and digging through your cupboards for that dusty bottle of sun cream that you haven’t touched since your trip to Majorca last year. Summer can be a dangerous time if you don’t prepare, and taking the simple steps needed to safeguard your skin, mind and eyes are a crucial component of making your summer as fun and carefree as possible. With that in mind, here’s a quick round up of some simple steps you can take to take care of your health and well-being this summer.

Looking After Your Skin

This is one of the more obvious ones to watch out for, and the throngs of British beach-goers dyed a violent shade of lobster which grace our social media feeds every month are a testament to the importance of good skincare. First thing’s first, you’ll need to make sure you have some high-quality sun cream, with as a high a SPF and UV protection as possible. Experts recommend you go no lower than SPF 30, and there’s plenty of affordable, high-strength sun creams out there which are great for sensitive skin and some which even have a little tanning lotion in there, so you don’t lose out on that summer glow. Also make sure to take extra care by rocking some trendy sun hats wherever you go, or even go full-vintage with an on-trend parasol. Keep reasonably covered and don’t spend too long in the sun.

Looking After Your Eyes

Sunglasses on a hat

The last thing anyone wants is cataracts, and eye damage, which often tends to be long-lasting and even permanent if severe enough, is one of the major summer health issues that emerges every year. As well as always wearing a quality pair of protective sunglasses, those who are visually impaired will need to stock up on some quality contacts with a good monthly lenses deal. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank here, as you can get hold of some high-quality cheap contact lenses online, which are available from Vision Direct. Most importantly, don’t stare at the sun too long!

Looking After Your Mental Health

Woman standing on a log outdoors

Taking care of your well-being is something that can often be overlooked when it comes to the summer. Although being out in the sun can have a hugely positive effect on wellness levels and mood, thanks to that delicious Vitamin D, there are still some extra simple steps you should take. Make sure not to overdo it with the summer fitness regimes, and take plenty of time to relax, socialize and of course, hydrate. You should also make the most of the warm weather to try some outdoor meditation, which can be done at home or in (often free) public classes.

Summer self-care is the key to having a good time, so make sure to take these precautions to ensure summer ’18 is your best one yet!

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