We’ve talked about the most important reasons to avoid sun exposure during the summer season. Now we’re going to tell you the most helpful ways to avoid overexposure to UV rays. As we mentioned in our companion blog, too much sun can have negative effects on your health, especially if you regularly take certain prescription medications. But, what about those workers who often spend their days and weeks outdoors in the blazing sun?
Let’s delve into the best ways to beat the heat while working and playing in the sun this summer.
Covering up is one of the most effective ways to avoid sun exposure, but don’t worry. That doesn’t mean that you have to cloak your body in heavy, uncomfortable clothing. Shop around for apparel that offers UV protection. Many brands and manufacturers have jumped onboard with this idea. The clothing is typically lightweight, yet it provides protection from UV rays.
While working, remember to wear protective coverings to protect your eyes and face. Anything with a decent brim will do, be it a baseball cap or a floppy sun hat. Ideally, however, the brim should be two to three inches to provide adequate shade. While you’re at it, slip on some sunglasses, too. You’ll be a cool cat as you beat the heat.
Stay Out of It
One way to avoid the sun is to stay out of it. That seems like a no-brainer, right? This piece of advice doesn't mean that you can’t enjoy the sunny summer weather or sacrifice your work. You should simply try to stay out of it, or at least stay protected, during peak hours. Some sources say that peak hours begin at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM, while others maintain that the sun is at its hottest beginning at 11:00 AM or noon. Use your best judgment, but if you go out during that time span, make sure that you do everything possible to protect yourself and your skin.
If staying out of the sun isn't an option for you, remember to seek shade as much as possible. Remember, water, rest, shade. Make frequent breaks a part of your daily routine and encourage others on your team to do the same.
A Shot of Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is your best line of defense anytime you’re outdoors during the hottest part of the day. Experts recommend using a shot’s worth of sunscreen, i.e., you should use enough to fill a shot glass. Apply your sunscreen everywhere, paying particular attention to your arms, shoulders, neck, and face. In fact, your face needs a teaspoon of sunscreen itself.
Another tip is to choose a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 or higher. It won’t hurt to find a lip balm with SPF protection, as well. Remember that if you’re sweating a lot or if you’re in the water, then you need to reapply your sunscreen every hour or two. Otherwise, reapply it every three to four hours for the best results.
IWP wants you to remain happy and healthy during the summer. The best way to do that is to avoid too much sun exposure and to take care while you’re outside. Don’t forget to be mindful of the medications you take when you’re catching rays, too. Do you have any other tips for avoiding the sun while still enjoying the summer?