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Tips on Staying Safe While Having Fun in the Sun

 

Tips on Staying Safe While Having Fun in the Sun

by Amy Lignor

 

Those rays are upon us! Sitting by the pool, enjoying those lazy days at the beach with the kids, jumping into that swimming hole to get cool from the summer heat. All of these case scenarios are a whole lot of fun and everyone wants to do them. After all, that’s what summer is all about – having rest and relaxation before the winter winds and blowing snow come back into the picture. But what many fail to remember are the illnesses that can come from being out in the heat too long, or the accidents that can happen when it comes to swimming or even grilling over the campfire. Most every illness and/or accident can be avoided; all you have to do is take minor precautions, be attentive, and not let the sun become a negative.

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WebMD is a site that reports on various heat/summertime-related illnesses. It is a fact that during the summer people often show up at the doctor with a heat-related condition, ranging from mild dehydration to more severe heatstroke. The symptoms of too much exposure to the sun can include nausea, dizziness, headaches and even confusion. So how can one avoid this? Actually, quite easily. Be mindful of the temperature outside and note that the warmest hours of the day range between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. When the sun is high in that sky, make sure to drink water. Staying hydrated at all times can keep your body and mind healthy.

 

The second issue that doctors want to remind people of comes from swimming injuries. Trauma can happen from jumping into a body of water without knowing what may be underneath, so check your surroundings. Note it there are rocks or seaweed growths that can get you hurt or tangled beneath the water’s surface. A boating or swimming injury can happen in the blink of an eye; a small child can fall into the water if unattended, so make sure to have at least one adult supervising the kids at all times. Especially when having a pool party or a group of friends over to grill out on the patio. Rotate who will watch the children at play, but always make sure that at least one set of focused eyes are upon them at all times.

 

When it comes to the third most common bracket of summertime injuries, they occur when grilling or building a campfire. Not to mention, cuts from kitchen knives as more and more outdoor cooking takes place. Again, adult supervision is required when it comes to children who love to attempt to touch the flames. Adults can also make the very common mistake of squirting lighter fluid onto hot coals and burning themselves. The easiest way to stay safe is to apply lighter fluid to coals when they aren’t lit, letting the fluid soak in. That way you avoid any burns that could occur. In addition, when talking about the campfire, make sure that attention is also paid when the fire is put out. It is quite easy to start a much larger fire if you disregard this process. Just ask Smokey.

 

Another summertime illness comes from food poisoning. Food-borne illnesses peak in the summer because “hot temperatures and humid conditions provide the optimum breeding ground for bacteria to multiply rapidly.” (U.S Department of Agriculture) Take into consideration during your summer barbecue that the food is properly cooked. Stop the ‘rare’ when it comes to hamburgers – make sure that beef is well-done. In addition, make sure the fruits and vegetables are washed properly and (along with that coleslaw) not left out in the scorching heat for a long period of time. And always make sure to wash those hands before eating.

 

Last, but definitely not least, comes from the treatment of rashes and insect bites which both escalate during the summer. With long days spent outdoors, it’s normal to see rashes that stem from things like poison ivy and sumac. Insect and tick bites are also common and, in some cases, will require an antibiotic. A great many areas of the country have to deal with tick-borne diseases more and more as the presence of ticks continue to escalate. Just be sure to use insect repellant and keep an eye on any bumps or swelling on the skin that grow in size. There are a variety of websites that will offer you tips when it comes to keeping you and your family safe from ticks and mosquitos, so read up on that expert information before heading out into the woods this summer.

 

As you can see, with very little work you can make sure the family remains safe while enjoying that much-needed fun in the sun!

 

Source:  Baret News

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

 

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

by Amy Lignor

 

We wait for the sun. In some spots—those locations that are rarely seen for more than a month without a ground covered in a blanket of snow—wait even longer. But now, as we stare at the maps on the weather stations across the country, the bright red Baby…it’s hot outside.colors are covering almost all of the United States. Although there are states like Arizona and New Mexico that can usually be seen with red or orange covering their areas, when a place like Green Bay, Wisconsin, is having major problems with heat and humidity, everyone must remember that battling the sun is something that must be done.

 

Enjoying summer is a definite “must-do” because you never know when Old Man Winter will blow back in. But when enjoying ninety degree temperatures (with even worse humidity) you need to be on the defense when it comes to protecting the skin from sunburns. Anyone who has suffered from too much exposure to the sun knows how it hurts to basically move in any direction. The burn makes your skin feel like you were placed in an oven and “baked” for far too long. And when the skin starts to peel, patchy blotches are left behind. So what is the worst place to burn that causes the most discomfort? The face.

 

The first and foremost thing to remember about enjoying this long, hot summer, is to make sure to stop exfoliating the skin; instead, moisturizing must move up a notch to number one on your skin care “must-do” list. But if the deed is already done, there are many post-burn products that you should look into using as soon as possible after receiving a sunburn. Here are just a few:

 

An Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (First Aid Beauty) contains the strongest cure for the sunburn, which are oats. This mask is a combination of colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran; a combination that helps to soothe the skin on your face, leave it soft, and bring back your natural glow instead of having to don the bright red nose that only Rudolph (Santa’s reindeer) can pull off.

 

The True Cream Aqua Bomb (belif) is there for perfect hydration. Feeling and looking almost like a gel, it actually makes your skin feel like refreshing cool water has been spritzed on your face. Utilizing this before bedtime has proven to greatly cut down on the peeling from your sunburn.

 

A combo – hydration and moisturizer – is produced by a company called e.l.f. Major ingredients of aloe, Vitamin E, cucumber, shea butter and more make up the product. Great for use during the sunshiny days, it does not feel oily whatsoever.

 

Another face mask that can definitely help soothe sunburned skin and rehydrate your pores is the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask. Placing the mask in the fridge allows you to stay cool with the mixture of honey, aloe, and hyaluronic acid. This is fantastic for people with sensitive skin. Thick, like a lotion, this mask allows highly sensitive skin to feel hydrated immediately. No fragrance to deal with, just leave it on for twenty minutes, rinse, and immediately feel the incredible difference that the product provides.

 

If wishing for lip repair, as well as being able to choose from red, pink or a sheer gloss to match your desired outfit, Aquaphor Lip Repair is available on the market. Although lip balms are aplenty, this is one that actually helps heal the lips after they become burned or puffy from the constant sunshine. A conditioner, this lip repair protects and provides absolute relief.

 

Last, but never least, is the ultimate “must-have” product when it comes to sitting out in the sun: sunscreen. And when it comes to focusing on the face, Neutrogena offers a Clear Face Sunscreen that not only helps block UV rays but can also be used by people who are already dealing with a sunburned/peeling face. Truly aiding those with sensitive skin who’re susceptible to breakouts, this is one sunscreen you should never leave home without.

 

In other words, if you are that sun lover who craves the bright light to come out and shine once again, make sure never to forget about protecting, hydrating and moisturizing that lovely (and now smiling) face of yours.

Source:  Baret News

The Summer Oasis in Your Own Backyard

 

The Summer Oasis in Your Own Backyard

by Amy Lignor

 

Once summer comes, warmth, relaxation and outdoor fun come right along with it. Your own backyard can literally be transformed into that paradise or oasis you crave all those long, winter months when the snow has buried everything bright, green and healthy.

 

Think about those images in your mind… Surrounding yourself with colorful blooms. Relaxing under a shady retreat while
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Let’s begin with those hardy bloomers that all garden paradises should own. It’s important to plant beautiful flowers that thrive in high temperatures with nonstop blooms. Tough perennials, take asters, for instance, are perfect summer plants that brighten up any corner of the garden. When it comes to these particular daisy-like blooms, you can view the colors of lavender, pink or white, and they will continue to bloom throughout the fall. Add in some dahlia plants, and these specific bright orange and red blooms that love the summer heat will add extra color all around. If wanting to add a splash of yellow to it all, choose the “fluffy” yellow coreopsis plant. Tall stems and layered flower heads make for brilliant bouquets and will give you an unforgettable vista to look at.

 

But what about that heat? Is a tree enough shade to make you want to stay outside and not run for air conditioning? Well…you have to sit down and think about that perfect garden plan. You could add a colorful vine, like the morning glory, to create your very own pergola. Its ability to grow fast in the summer will provide you with lush foliage that will turn into the perfect “vine roof” for your pergola in no time. In order to create this work of art, simply plant the vine at the base of each post and watch it naturally grow towards the sun. These are fast climbers and become extremely thick, making your pergola a perfect focal point for your own backyard oasis. Remember, too, that if you’re looking to host a backyard summer party, adding outdoor lights to the pergola you create will make this a very inviting spot for all your guests.

Adding even more color can be done by enveloping your already-there patio. By surrounding a stone patio with summer blooming bushes, like hydrangeas and fuchsia, you will add color, warmth and beauty to the backyard. Smoke bush, which is another summer bloomer, looks absolutely stunning around a patio, offsetting the gray stones with radiant purple flowers. Again, we’re talking fast-growing and a bush that is resistant to most all disease, making it a must-have item for the garden.

 

If hanging plants are also something you wish to add in order to make that “normal” garden into a radiant paradise, go out there and get some. Continuing to water your plants every three days during the summer and spring, changing to one time per week during the fall and winter months, will perhaps be that final touch you need to transform your garden into the “only” place in the world you want to be.

 

Then…fire up that BBQ, people. It’s summertime!

Source:  Baret News