Healthy Lifestyle, Weather

7 Sun Safety Tips

Warm weather is just around the corner (we hope!) and it’s natural to want to get outside and soak up the rays. However, too much sun can be damaging to your skin, eyes, and may cause premature wrinkling. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d share our top tips for keeping you and your loved ones safe while you have some fun in the sun! 

  1. Cover up! When out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to try and protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UV light. 
  2. Seek Shade: Limit the time you are exposed to the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, when the UV rays are their strongest. Try not to get sunburnt.
  3. Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. 
  4. Lather up: Rub 1 to 2 table spoons of sunscreen on 15-30 minutes BEFORE you are exposed to the sun. Repeat at least every 80 minutes. Make sure you choose broad-spectrum protection with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Remember: “water resistant” does not mean “waterproof” so, if you are sweating or swimming, reapply sunscreen often. 
  5. You can get sunburn when it’s cloudy! What!? That’s right, the sun’s rays can be their harshest during cloudy and overcast days, so be sure to always wear sunscreen. 
  6. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should be used on children 6 months and older.
  7. Look for changes in your skin. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, check with your doctor. 

Remember to stay hydrated during these hot summer months by drinking plenty of water throughout your day. Enjoy your time outdoors – just cover up, lather up, and keep your skin safe in the sun! 

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Stay warm and safe during the cold snap

With more freezing temperatures expected this week we want everyone to stay warm and safe during the cold snap.

First and foremost, if you have elderly neighbors, family or friends close by check on them, especially if they have health problems. It’s important they take their medicines regularly and eat enough warm food.

Hot meals keep you warm so make sure you are having at least one hot meal a day and drinking plenty too. Try to get plenty of nutrients and vitamins by including a range of foods in your diet. Aim for five portions of fruit or veg a day and remember that frozen fruit and vegetables are as good as fresh.

In winter it’s not unusual to feel down so try to keep to your routine and if you can’t visit family or friends give them a call. It can really help to do something you enjoy every day.

If you’re stuck indoors get up from the sofa at least once an hour to stretch your legs.

It’s important you put several layers of clothing on when you do venture outdoors, especially children. Make sure their head, neck, and hands are covered. Scarves and hood strings can strangle small children so use other clothing to keep them warm. Clothes made from cotton, wool, or fleece help maintain body heat.

Kids will often want to play outside in the snow even if they are cold, make sure you are checking them so that they don’t get too cold.

Keep youngsters hydrated; in drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and trying warm drinks or soup.

If you aren’t mobile, 65 or older, or have health issues heat your home to at least 65 degrees. Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if possible. Close blinds or draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts.

Children, those with health issues, and the elderly are most at risk during cold weather so do whatever you can to keep them safe and warm.