Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Feeling hot hot hot!


This is a bit of a different kind of blog entry but I feel it is a ‘hot’ topic (haha) and worth talking about. It is HOT outside! 27 degrees with a UV score of 6 (out of 7) so there is a high chance of getting sun burnt. If you love the hot weather than great, enjoy it while it lasts! But being a natural red head, with pale skin, means I am super prone to heat/ sun stroke, sun burn and I just can’t cope in the hot weather so here are a few tips and info on dealing with the summer heat, as well as a few snaps from my holiday in Portugal.

Sun block, sun block, SUN BLOCK! It does not matter if you naturally tan or not, wearing sun block is essential to protect your skin from the harmful rays! You can still get a tan, the safe way, by wearing sun block. The SPF number is actually the amount of extra time you are protected from the sun, after the point where you would usually burn. For example,  If you would usually burn after an hour and wear SPF 20 then you are given an extra 20 minutes, which is why you need to re-apply!!  Sun block protects you from getting burnt but it also allows you to absorb goodness of the sun such as vitamin D, endorphins and serotonin (happy feelings).

Another thing to remember is that sun burn isn’t visible straight away, so when you’re out and about you might think you’re okay but then the burn appears hours later, leaving you with painfully red skin. If this happens make sure you moisturise your skin frequently, to help repair it, and prevent peeling (not a good look!) You don’t need to use actual after sun, Palmers Coa-Coa Butter is very effective, plus it smells lush! Also keep the damaged skin out of the sun and drink plenty of water to re-hydrate.

Drink lots and lots of water to keep hydrated and prevent sun stroke. I’ve had sun stroke before in McDonalds (classy) I felt tired, confused and sick and then I had blurred vision, couldn’t hear properly and then I fainted. It is a really horrible experience, so prevent it by carrying water with you at all times and between the hours of 11 and 3 try and get some shade!  

I feel like this has been a bit of a rant about the sun and how it is bad for you, I’m not a ‘stay inside the sun is evil, hide your children!’ extremist, I just want to make people aware of how to enjoy the sun safely and I don’t wanna kill the summer vibe so I will end with a few comments on how great the sun is!

  • Endorphins and Serotonin levels increase, making you and others around you happier!
  • Vitamin D levels are increased and this is essential for regulating your immune system and absorbing calcium for healthy bones!
  • It helps prevent Preeclampsia in pregnant women.  
  • It helps clear up acne and melanin production is increased, giving you a beautiful summer glow and freckles.
  • It gives you natural highlights! And helps hair and nail growth. 

So let's grab the sunblock and put on those sunnies! We're gonna enjoy the sunshine while it lasts! 

Neeks x

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