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Summer Survival Guide

July 19, 2018

Summer is such a fantastic time to be outside and wearing bright colours. Everyone is out, Brighton beach is as lively as ever, and you know you are going to have a tad too much to drink after work on a Friday. Here I have created a small guide to Surviving Summer!

Sun cream is your bestieImage Credit: Kori Nori on Unsplash

Sun is lovely… Until you are tomato red and hiding indoors with good old Aloe by your side. Skip the pain and wear minimum factor 30 sun cream to help you enjoy the rare rays the UK has to offer! When purchasing a sun cream, look for the ‘broad spectrum’ label as these will protect you against UVA and UVB rays. Even after many layers of this magical protection potion you will need to also:

Throw in some shade
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Now, I’m not talking about the sassy kind… I’m talking about the umbrella, tree and hat type of shade! Sunglasses are also a really good way of protecting your eyes from UV rays which could lead to bigger problems like cataracts down the line. It may not be raining, but you will be needing some kind of umbrella whether you are chilling on the beach or sitting in the garden. As much as we all want to be golden goddesses, there is only so much the body can take before it starts to feel tired and potentially dizzy. Which is also why you need to be a regular at the….

Hydration station!Image Credit: The Printable Cøncept on Unsplash

Water, water and more water are key to keeping your body temperature in a certain range. Sweating is also the body’s way of releasing heat, and water replenishes the loss of liquid through sweat help you to keep cool and carry on! Of course, we all love a beer on the beach or a wine in the garden, but these are super dehydrating so be sure to balance with plenty of H2O .There are also other ways of getting more water into your system… with fruit! Fruit with high levels of water like grapes, berries and watermelon not only taste delicious they can help you stay refreshed and snacked up!

Beating the heat in your homeImage Credit: Eduard Militaru on Unsplash

If you aren’t one for sitting out in the sun or you loathe heat, let’s be honest – we all get to the point sooner or later! Keeping your house cool can be a challenge if you don’t have air conditioning or your windows directly face the sun at the hottest point in the day. To combat the heat, here are few tips:

  • Hang a damp sheet in an open window: the breeze is then cooled by evaporating water
  • Spritz yourself with water
  • DIY air conditioner: place a shallow bowl of ice in front of a fan and enjoy!

For those who become poorlyImage Credit: Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

We can’t all beat it eh? The last thing someone wants on a lovely bright day is to be bedridden with sunburn or even an untimely cold. In these instants you will definitely need to ensure you keep your home at a liveable temperature and try to put a smile on the patients face. Speed up loved one’s recovery with some get well soon gifts and lift their spirits, spreading positivity is the best way to fight off poorliness!

So, there you have it! Hopefully you are now all prepped and ready to have the safest summer of your life. Just remember – water, sun cream and shade are your most important things on your priority list when out and about soaking up the rays!