Summer Sun Tips for Keeping Healthy and Hydrated

Summer Sun Tips

With the warmer weather beckoning us to venture outside our homes, many people are enjoying trips to the beach, exercising on bike paths, relaxing in their backyard, or strolling the streets of their neighborhood. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun’s rays (whether the sky is overcast or not), and drink non- alcoholic fluids often to prevent heat stroke. An average of three quarts per day is recommended.

Here are more summer sun tips:

• Wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of 30 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection
• Reapply sunscreen if you’re sweating or swimming
• Wear sunglasses with total UV protection
• Avoid being outside between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
• Check your skin regularly and look for any changes or growths
• Choose cosmetics and contact lenses that offer UV protection
• Avoid hot and heavy meals during a heat wave
• Shift outdoor activity time to early morning or after sunset
• Rest under shade or in air conditioning
• Take a cool shower to lower your body temperature
• Never leave children or pets in vehicles even for a short time
• Check with your Brown Medicine doctor to see if your health condition and medication are likely to affect your ability to cope with extreme heat and humidity