Tips to keep your summer enjoyable

It’s finally summer! While we’re all excited for warmer weather and all the fun that this season brings, it’s important to keep health a priority. Meijer is here to help remind you of some necessary tips that will keep your summer enjoyable! 

SUN SAFETY 

● UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

● Top sunscreen tips: 

  • 30 SPF or higher
  • "Broad spectrum" protects against UVA and UVB
  • Water resistant does not mean waterproof
  • Reef safe sunscreen means the product does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, two common UV-blocking chemicals that studies have shown can cause coral bleaching
  • Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
  • Reapply at least every two hours if you’re out in the sun
  • Ensure your sunscreen is not expired

● Covering up is another effective way to protect yourself from the sun

  • Dark or bright colors keep UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them
  • Wearing hats with at least a 3-inch brim will help protect your face, nose, ears and neck

● Treating sunburn: 

  • Use aloe vera
  • After the skin has cooled and healed, use a cream or lotion to keep it moisturized
  • Use products with Vitamin E
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Drink lots of water

BEAT THE HEAT 

● Signs of heat exhaustion: 

  • Pain, confusion, dizziness, nausea
  • Heavy sweating, paleness, weakness
  • Fainting or unconsciousness
  • High body temperature with dry skin
  • Rapid pulse

● Tips for naturally recovering: 

  • Rest in a cool place
  • Drink cool fluids
  • Try cooling measures, like taking a cold bath or shower or putting a towel soaked in cold water on your skin
  • Loosen your clothing

BUGS 

● Look for insect repellents that contain DEET and/or permethrin 

● Protect yourself against ticks with a few tips: 

  • Ticks aren’t just in the woods; always check yourself thoroughly after spending time outside
  • When hiking, stick to the center of the trail
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks
  • Regularly reapply bug spray

● If you find a tick, it is important to remove it completely from the skin 

● Bugbites that itch?

  • Over the counter antihistamines or an ice pack can help provide relief