Summer is upon us. Though we love the sunny weather for allowing us to do fun activities like swimming, camping, road tripping and all sorts of outdoor adventures, the summer heat can also be quite extreme.
Too much exposure to the sun can be damaging to the skin. Exposure to heat can have serious effects on your health in general. This season, it’s best to be safe than sorry. So, to protect yourself from the summer heat, take note of these helpful tips.
Wear light clothing.
One of the simplest ways to stay cool in the summer season is to wear light clothing. Wear loose-fitting clothes or clothing with summer-friendly fabrics like cotton and linen. Additionally, wear light-colored clothes. Avoid wearing black or dark colors as they absorb more heat.
Stay indoors as much as possible.
To avoid too much exposure to the sun, the best thing you can do is to stay indoors. Take a cool shower. Keep yourself comfortable with air conditioning at home or with just an electric fan. If there is a need for you to go somewhere, avoid heading out during peak hours – between 10 AM and 2 PM – when the sun is at its hottest.
Wear proper gear when going out.
Okay, it’s summer. People want to go out and have fun under the sun. If you’re a tourist staying at one of Cebu’s budget hotels, you wouldn’t want to spend your precious times indoors too. For those who really need to be out, the smartest thing to do is to gear up. Be smart. Wear a hat, cap, sun visor or better yet bring an umbrella for a sure source of shade. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as well. Whenever you’re outside, look for shady spots where you can walk but remain shielded from the sun.
The summer heat can easily dehydrate your body. You lose a significant amount of fluids when you sweat and this is something you should not take lightly. Replace fluid loss by drinking as much liquid as you can. Do not wait for the urge to drink. Drink lots of water. If you prefer something with flavour, go for fresh fruit juices.
Avoid exercising during the hottest/warmest time of day.
For health buffs, it may be necessary to reschedule your workout hours. At this time of year, it is better to exercise during the cooler parts of the day such as early in the morning or the evening. Exercising during the hottest or warmest times of day can put you at risk for dehydration or heatstroke.
Using sunscreen is a no brainer. The sun’s UV rays can be harsh, in fact, it can cause skin cancer. Whenever you head out, and especially when you’re at the beach for an entire day, make sure to apply a good amount of sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen every now and then if you’re staying outdoors for an extended time. It’s best to protect your skin especially at times when you might not find shade outside.
Load up on fresh fruits.
In addition to liquids, the kind of food you eat also helps you stay cool in summer. Load up on fruits that are in season. Some of summer’s best offerings are watermelons and mangoes. Watermelons have high water content and can help keep you hydrated. Mangoes, on the other hand, are high in fiber and low in calories.