Use sun protection with SPF.
This is a given for anytime of the year, but its important to stay on top of it in the summer when the sun is stronger and we are (hopefully) outside more soaking up that good Vitamin D.
Be aware of what you are putting on your skin. More and more companies are advertising safe sunscreens, but always read the label. Make sure you are being protected from UVA and UVB rays. Stay away from ingredients like oxybenzone* and octinoxate, in favor of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or even the micro algae Astaxanthin. Try the skincare line Alles, made with organic ingredients and natural UV protectors.
Just think, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.
Drink and eat your water.
Rising temperatures means sweating more, and that means losing valuable hydration for your body. Humans are expected to drink about 15.5 cups of water** per day. This is a daunting task, so to help yourself, out, incorporate foods rich in water content into your meals. Try, celery, cucumbers and watermelon to replenish, but be conscientious of the sugar content there!
In addition to losing hydration, you’re also losing sodium and electrolytes through sweating. Coconuts, bananas, raisins, avocados and dates, all contain potassium and will help bring electrolytes back into your system.
Wear performance enhancing fibers in your clothes like UV protection, cooling and anti-microbial yarns. Sometimes you might forget sunscreen, and since it’s impossible to stay inside all the time, it’s important that what you are wearing helps protect you. Look for words like ‘air’, ‘fresh’, or ‘linen’ – a natural cooling and quick dry fabric. UV protection is found in many sports wear, so now your athleisure has another benefit.
Get a check up.
It’s important to make sure your physical and mental health are taken care of. Our task laden days are bombarded with an onslaught of consistent information, which can leave the body and mind a little off kilter. Make sure you book an appointment with your dentists, gynecologists, mental health specialists and check in with yourself this summer.
Remember, be kind to yourself. You deserve it.
Alles Body Care Team
**It is recommended for men to drink 15.5 cups of water and women to drink 11.5 cups daily.