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Safe Fun in the Sun

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Protecting yourself from the powerful rays of the sun is important all year round, but extra precaution should be taken in the summer. Whether you’re having an all-day BBQ or simply enjoying your morning coffee on your chaise lounge, be mindful of these sun safety tips…

Slather on the SPF || Sunscreen should be worn on exposed skin every day no matter what season it is, but in the summer it’s best to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of 15. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays and should be applied fifteen minutes before going outside; reapplying every two hours and after swimming or excessive sweating. Despite what the packaging may say, the FDA has confirmed that no sunscreen is actually waterproof. Do not let the clouds fool you – those harmful rays penetrate the clouds easily making you just as susceptible to burning!

Stay Hydrated || Even if you are not sweating, your body will dehydrate much faster when you are out in the sun especially if you are exerting yourself. Stay hydrated with water or coconut water. For a refreshing twist, infuse your water with fresh fruits or herbs like mint or basil! Infused water will hydrate you just as fast and you’ll enjoy drinking it! For recipe inspiration, check out Sip Smart -- a blog article filled with infused water recipes!

Seek Shelter || The sun is strongest between 10am and 2pm. Seek shade for a bit during this time and give your skin a break – just in time for lunch! Though an attached umbrella probably shades your patio set, a cantilever umbrella can be moved when needed and will shade a larger area like your pool. A large patio umbrella will protect you from the sun while still allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors!

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