Posts Tagged ‘sun block’

Surviving the heat wave

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

hot sunHazy, hot, humid… and possibly humungous if you’re pregnant. Ugh! Summer heat waves can be exceptionally tough on pregnant women. When pregnant, you can be extra sensitive to the harsh rays of the sun, to heat, to dehydration. Here are some tips on surviving nature’s torments.

– Stay inside in the air conditioning, but if you feel you must go to the beach, take a big umbrella with you and sit in its shade. Spritzing yourself with water from time to time may feel great and help cool you.
– Exercise in the cool of the day if you are doing something outside. Swimming is excellent, but if the air quality is bad or you have asthma, try to stay indoors.
– Slather on the sun block before going out, using an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply it regularly – goopify!
– Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect not only your face, but ears and neck. Caps don’t protect as well.
– Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, even with a hat.
– Wear light-weight, breathable, loose-fitting clothing.
– If you wear sandals to help keep your feet cool, be sure to keep suntan lotion on your feet. And put those piggies up for a rest whenever you can.
– Walk on the side of the street that has shade. (The sun is hottest between 10 AM and 4 PM so try to avoid going out then.)
– Drink water throughout the day. Carry a refillable water bottle with you and leave one in the car. Drinking slightly warm water is better than drinking no water. Sport drinks and OJ can help replace electrolytes that you may be sweating away. Remember, despite the heat, pregnant women just sweat more to begin with.
– Reduce your level of activity when heat and humidity are high. Now might be a good time to practice being a couch potato!
– If you do overheat, apply a cool damp cloth to your forehead and back of the neck. Ice cream is good for helping to lower your temp, but fruity pops are better.
– If you feel weak, dizzy, or lightheaded, or you’re overly thirsty, go indoors immediately. Drink some cool water or a sport drink and lie down. If you don’t feel better soon, call your health care provider.

And if you have children, make sure you read our article about protecting them from heatstroke.

Weekend fun in the sun

Friday, May 24th, 2013

hatsThis weekend will you be where the weather’s warm, the sun is shining, the kids want to run around and play with the hose? (Doesn’t it feel great to get away from freezing winter?!) Don’t forget that most of us are pale from winter hibernation and are ripe for sizzling in the sun.

Here’s the pitch for today: don’t forget the sun block. I know, everybody’s talking about that right now, and they should ‘cause it’s important. We have written about the importance of using sun block before, about using one with SPF 30 and replacing it every couple of hours, etc. But this time I want to remind you while you slather on the goop to be sure to protect your children’s ears. We always get the cheeks, nose shoulders and arms, but sometimes the ears are bypassed. Wide brimmed hats are great but often get pulled off by tots, and caps will leave the ears exposed to the sun’s scorching rays. And, by the way, this goes for you, too.

If you’re pregnant, your sensitive skin might burn more easily. Read these tips and relax and enjoy the warmer weather… and don’t forget to protect your ears!

Sunscreen and bug spray

Friday, June 24th, 2011

sunscreenThis week it is officially summer! We’re all outside playin’ in the grass, splashin’ in the pool. We know it’s very important to slather on the sunscreen to keep ourselves and little ones from turning red as a beet. And if you live where the mosquitos hang out, you want to spray on bug repellant to keep those B52 biters at bay.

There are a couple of products that combine bug repellant with sunscreen. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The problem with a combination product is the real possibility of toxic exposure, overdosing on the bug repellant. We have learned from research that for maximum benefit it’s important to reapply sunblock every two hours. If you use a combination product, you’ll be reapplying the bug repellant chemicals as well – not good.

So, to be on the safe side, keep these products separate, or use the combination product once, and then apply sunblock only every two hours afterward. If you’re worried about the chemicals in bug repellant, here’s an alternative. Soybean oil based repellents are healthier for you and tests have found them to be as effective as a 15% concentration of DEET, lasting for 4 to 8 hours.

Don’t forget the ears!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

protect my earsThe weather’s warm, the sun is shining, the kids want to run around and play with the hose. Doesn’t it feel great to get away from freezing winter?!

Here’s the pitch for today: don’t forget the sun block. I know, everybody’s talking about that right now, and they should ‘cause it’s important. We have written about the importance of using sun block before, about using one with SPF 30 and replacing it every couple of hours, etc. But this time I want to remind you while you slather on the goop to be sure to protect your children’s ears. We always get the cheeks, nose shoulders and arms, but sometimes the ears are bypassed. Wide brimmed hats are great, but caps will leave the ears exposed to sizzle in the sun.

If you’re pregnant, your sensitive skin might burn more easily. Read these tips for you and relax and enjoy the warmer weather… and don’t forget your ears!