Tips for the Summer: Things You Might Not Know

Since it is steamy outside, most likely we are trying to keep cool by drinking some smoothies, while still trying to stay healthy. We are going to the beach, which on its own is good for our health. But since we are right in the thick of summer, there is no better time to catch up on some tips that everyone should know for the sunny days.


1. Get a Tan, But Be Safe

A lot of people are under the impression that wearing sunscreen automatically means you won’t get a tan. This is entirely untrue. Sunscreen only protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Everyone knows that they should always wear sunscreen and so on, but its importance can't be taken for granted. As long as your sunscreen is SPF 15, your skin will be able to get a good tan, without getting skin cancer. The higher the SPF, the less tan you will get. SPF 15-20 is a good amount of protection while also allowing you to get some color. With this relatively lower SPF however, remember to reapply about every hour. Remember, tanning beds are horrific for your health, causing burns and cancer. Spray tanning will cause skin rashes and an unpleasant orange color. The best way to get a good tan is consistency! Sit outside for a few hours each day, rather than subjecting your skin to ten hours of intense sun one day, and no sun another.

2. Protect Your Lips and Hair

We all apply sun screen to our faces and body, however, most people forget their mouths and scalps. The sun can still damage you through your hair and scalp burns are one of the most common. Not only is the sun damaging for your scalp, but it is extremely bad for your hair, causing it to dry out and break. The likelihood of getting split ends can be doubled by sun damage. This is easily prevented by buying shampoo and conditioner with UVA and UVB protection. Also, buying lip balms and lipsticks with at least SPF 15 can help prevent getting cancerous legions on your mouth. Don’t forget that not wearing sunscreen can give your skin extra freckles, sun spots, and wrinkles.

3. Eat Upside Down

Summer is the time at which everyone wants to have the perfect body. However, it can be very hard to achieve this, especially with so many ways to lose weight such as supplements, exercise plans, and diets. However, one way is extremely easy and doesn't require that much of a life style change. Normally, we are used to having a small breakfast, medium lunch, and large dinner. However, what many people do not know is that we should be turning that order upside down. In the Chinese culture, eating this way is recommended and the results show since the Chinese have the smallest average BMI of all other cultures. One Chinese proverb states that we should “Eat like kings” in the morning and “Eat like peasants” at night. For breakfast, carbs and sugars aren't a problem because by the end of the day, they are all burned out of your system. However, at dinner, it is best to have vegetables and protein because that way, when you go to bed, your body doesn't have a lot of calories to turn into fat. Eating upside down is a very different way of thinking, especially since we are in such a hurry in the morning and are so tired at night. It’s easy to pig out on chips and lasagna in the evening and skip breakfast altogether, but making the extra effort can really pay off.

4. Soothing Sun Burns

We have all tried the lotions and sunburn remedies from drugstores, but a lot of the time they just don’t work. One remedy that my mother taught me which is common in Greece (where she’s from) is to use yogurt. Yogurt contains live probiotic bacteria which help to soothe and heal the burned skin. All you need is plain Yogurt and Aloe gel. Find a container of plain yogurt and check on the label to make sure it contains live culture. Greek Yogurt is the most effective since it is more full of culture than regular yogurt. Into one cup of yogurt, mix one tablespoon of Aloe Vera for extra moisturizing effects. Instead of the Aloe Vera, you could also mix in one cup of mashed strawberries. Apply the yogurt mixture to your burns, wait twenty minutes, and then reapply or rinse with cool water as needed. This remedy works a million times better than Aloe gel alone and is fantastic for your skin.

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