Straight to the point. Australian sun is known to give the name "Skin Cancer Capital of the World" which is why knowing ways to protect yourself from UV rays this summer is highly important.
1. Slip, Slop, Slap.
Everyone knows the catchy saying from the seagull in shorts but it is the best known way to protect from harsh sun rays.
2. Keep hydrated.
When hydrating it's important to know what and when to do it. Just a few ways to keep hydrated and healthy over summer are:
Drink Water and Juices
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Drink constantly, not just when you are thirsty
Avoid drinks with sugar to allow natural nutrients to keep you active
3. Eat healthy.
Of course, over summer it is easier said than done. Although, eating the correct foods can not only keep you active but also cool you down.
Fruits and vegetables keep you active and stimulate your brain to stay alert during the exhausting hours in the sun. They also have high water content which also aids in hydration
Spicy foods may be a no-no to some people, especially because it is so hot but there is a good reason to start eating them during the heat. In popular regions, they are consumed because the sweat will cool down your body immensely, keeping you happy.
High-Fat meats like those steaks on a barbie, take longer to digest and have a high sodium or salt content which puts more strain on your body. Instead, aim to have more low-fat meats to help keep you looking and feeling great.
4. Stay out of the sun.
It may sound obvious, it really is the easiest way to protect yourself from harmful sunny days if you aren't even outside.
During extremely hot days during summer it is a good idea to stay out of the sun completely. As the pavements heat up with the rest of the town it can be more dangerous than a sunburn.
Temperatures can saw well above 36 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures cars can become over 60 degrees inside in only 10 minutes sitting in the sun, Sand can become over 120 degrees causing 2nd - 3rd degree burns and metal on cars and various surfaces can reach well over 60 degrees which can cause instant burns.
Not only is direct sunlight a danger, UV rays can reach you even in the shade. UV rays aren't particularly light from the sun, they can reflect and reach through materials even behind clouds or under trees.
5. Keep on the lighter side.
Don't get ahead of yourself. Meaning that going to hard when exercising and working can be a danger during hotter months.
When you do want to exercise or workout during the summer make sure to follow all the tips on this list but also to keep it to a reasonable amount. Too much exhaustive behaviour can make dehydration easier and also be detrimental to your health.
Working in the sun can be the easiest place to get burnt and also drives up the risk of skin cancer.Long hours on rooftops or on construction sites can make it easy to not hydrate and also forgot to reapply sunscreen to keep protected. Especially when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 2pm.
Although easy to forget, even when running errands around town and looking after children or friends. Don't forget to keep it light.
It is important to stay on top of your sun protection and keep these tips in mind when attacking this Australian summer and don't forget to have regular skin and health checks to stay on top of your sun protection and keep these tips in mind.
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