Adventures Abroad

Adventures Abroad
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Practice Safe Sun

Today, I was lounging at the pool with B. As I stared out at the children playing in the pool and the lifeguards blowing their whistles, I realized that tomorrow officially is the first day of summer! And I wondered, how many of you are doing the same thing right now, lounging near a pool, but are not practicing safe sun?

So, I bet you want to know how to practice safe sun? 

1) Sun Facts:
  • Sun emits both UVA & UVB rays
    • UVA: cause your skin to age early (wrinkles, fine lines, etc.)
    • UVB: penetrate your skin causing you to burn
  • Skin contains elastin and collagen
    • Sun damage to these causes wrinkles and saggy skin
  • Sun can damage your eyes (cataracts)
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
Skin Cancer
2) How to Protect Yourself:
  • Apply sunscreen everyday (even during winter!)
  • Apply sunscreen while in the sun!
    • B and I like Coppertone ($8)
    • Reapply after you sweat or get out of the water!
  • Limit exposure to sun if possible or avoid peak hours
    • Or pack an umbrella
B lounging under an umbrella in Brazil.
Me rocking a hat in El Salvador!
B practicing juggling and safe sun in Nicaragua!

3) How to Stay Hydrated:
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Drink coconut water to replenish electrolytes
Vita Coco Water

  • Eat watermelon and cucumbers
  • Snack on popsicles :)
4) Extra Links to Check Out:
St. Augustine, Florida

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