Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated 

Summer might be ending soon, but there’s still plenty of time for outdoor events and activities. As a reminder, be careful and don’t let the summer fun become a summer nightmare. Make sure to get the family involved in the planning before leaving home, this way everyone will be aware of wearing the proper clothes, protecting the skin from the sun and staying hydrated.

It is essential to wear the proper attire during warm, sunny days to avoid sunburns and rashes. Try to find clothing made from jersey or cotton. These are breathable materials that help to keep the body cool during hot days. Make sure to avoid clothing made of polyester or nylon because, even though they may look nice, they are not breathable materials. Look for light-colored fabrics when choosing outdoor attire, like pastels, as they will absorb less heat than a darker color. There are numerous options in the marketplace that provide UVA/UVB protection to enjoy outdoor fun without the worry.

To avoid sunburns, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on every family member 30 minutes before sun exposure; this will allow the product's ingredients to fully bind with the skin. Wear a hat and shades between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest, and don’t forget about the hidden areas on the body like the back of the head, ears, hands and feet. If planning strenuous or water activities, use a product that is water-resistant, and make sure to reapply every two hours. Strenuous activities during warmer months can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss.

To prevent dehydration from happening, it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Don’t leave home without the cooler full of hydrating drinks and foods. Plain water is good, but adding a little low-sugar hydrating powder or fresh fruit to cold water will infuse flavor, and it might encourage the family to drink more often. Don’t forget that eating fruit is also an excellent way to stay hydrated. It is crucial to stay away from sugary drinks like sodas, as they can act as a dehydrating agent and increase thirst.

Once the family gets home, make sure to remove any sweaty or wet attire as quickly as possible. This will help prevent body rashes and skin irritation. Make sure to use a body wash free of harsh sulfates, parabens, added colors and dyes, as these types of ingredients can irritate the skin. Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, which will soothe the skin and make it feel amazing after a long, fun, active day.