Tips for a Happy and Healthy Summer

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on May 29 2018

It’s hard to not get excited about the summer months which are just a few short weeks away. After a long, cold winter spent hibernating inside, we can’t help but be eager to get out in the fresh air and participate in outdoor activities. But, with all changes in season, we must be vigilant about protecting our health against the threats of the environment.

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While the sun feels great on our skin and that extra dose of Vitamin D has a tendency to make us skip along the sidewalks, it’s extremely important that we take precaution and make sure we use the tools to protects ourselves against the harmful UV rays.

First things first…don’t hold back on applying sunscreen. If you want to protect yourself from wrinkles and skin damage, which we know you do, then find a sunscreen that fits into your beauty routine and works well for your skin. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen on your face very day, even if you don’t plan on soaking up a day’s worth of rays. You can pile on the damage by simply walking to and from your car or out to the mailbox at the end of the driveway. Just beware of the ingredients in sunscreen, and remember that the more natural the product the better. You will want to limit chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Be sure to always have a light layer of clothing available to cover up with, in the event you don’t find a sunscreen free of harmful chemicals.

Another important step you’ll want to take now that the temperature is heating up, is to add water to your routine. Surely, you are already drinking the eight 8-ounce glasses recommended by health pros, but the hotter the temp the more your body sweats, which means that you need to drink more water to fill that hydration void. Your body is pretty good about telling you when it’s time to take a few sips and any sign of dryness is a clear sign that you are due to replenish your supply of water intake.

Ensuring that you have enough water is essential if you want to tackle your day. Because your body functions best when it is between a certain temperature range, it’s never good to let it get too warm. Some signs that point to dehydration are having a dry or sticky mouth, feeling lethargic or fuzzy-headed and of course, feeling thirsty.

Another tell-tale sign that you are dehydrated has to do with the color of your urine. If it’s a dark yellow, then it’s time your drink up. Sunken and dry eyes are another sign of dehydration, so if you want to look refreshed, be sure to continue sipping.

Don’t waste your summer feeling tired and sun burned and instead arm yourself with sunscreen and an endless bottle of water.


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