Summer is upon us, and for all its glory the season makes a number of things perilously difficult. Getting a good tee time, for one. Booking a week’s vacation basically anywhere. And, yes, confronting ourselves before a full-length mirror, in our bathing suits.
What summer doesn’t need to be is an affront to your skin. Whether young or old, you should follow a few simple rules to ensure that the summers ahead of you and your skin are many.
Every year, and often despite the best intentions, people are burned by the sun. This year, like last, it appears that wet weather will be the norm until summer arrives, meaning it will be easier to sustain a sunburn during those first enthusiastic exposures to the sun. Why? because the sun will be higher in the sky and the UV rays more direct/intense.
Remember to use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (see pages 12-13) and cover up with a long-sleeved shirt and sunhat—or stay in the shade—between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
Canadians love their summers, and spending time outdoors is one of the greatest warm-weather pleasures. Please be sure to read these tips and make sure that nothing disrupts the fun!
Most of us have been stung or bitten by insects— usually bees, wasps, yellowjackets or mosquitos that love to share our picnic space. Recently, the European fire ant has made itself at home in Canada and the US, including BC and the Prairie provinces.
Bees and wasps are attracted to perfumes, including aromas lingering from shampoos and conditioners, so plan ahead and avoid highly scented products when eating outdoors.
Should a wasp or bee land on you, or one fly into your immediate vicinity, don’t wave your arms around. This will simply excite the insect and make it more likely to sting. Instead, back off slowly or, if the insect is attached to you, gently move it off with a piece of paper or clothing, or wait for it to fly away. Teach your child to stay very still if a stinging insect lands on him, and to let you handle removing it.