Masks are coming off, and restrictions are being lifted, so what steps are you taking to ensure that you have the best summer ever?! After being indoors for the majority of last year, we feel it’s important to share some healthy tips to keep in mind this summer!
Hydrate, hydrate and oh yeah...don’t forget to hydrate! We cannot emphasize enough how important staying hydrated is, especially during those warm and sunny days. The best way to ensure you are staying hydrated is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day - I know, I know, water can be boring or even seem like a chore to drink, but staying hydrated just means that you can better enjoy your summer activities. After all, no one likes headaches, dry mouth or a lack of energy, right? And these can all be signs of dehydration. If you want to trick your mind and taste buds into drinking water, try adding flavored collagen for added benefits and a delicious twist! My favorite summer flavor is our Lemon + Lime flavored Collagen Hydrolysate.
Masks Off, SPF On
Mask mandates are being lifted and as exciting as it will be to see everyone smile again, we must remember how important it is to protect our face from UVA and UVB rays. Never leave the house without SPF - like ever. This doesn’t just go for warm and sunny days either, applying daily SPF should be a part of your daily routine. But if you are going to the beach or to the pool, be sure to opt for water-proof sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.
If incorporating an SPF into your routine is something new to you, talk to your dermatologist about the best product for you. But in the meantime, a good rule of thumb is to at least apply any SPF 30 Broad Spectrum sunscreen every day before starting your day.
Protect your Eyes and Body
So yes, as important as SPF is, there are other steps that we can take to protect the rest of our body from UVA and UVB rays. For example, sunglasses are more than just a stylish summer accessory...it’s important to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful rays.
Another easy way to protect your skin from the sun is to limit direct exposure to sunlight, and I know that this is not ideal for summer but UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 4pm, so maybe plan your day around those times or simply opt for a bit more shade during these times.
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and loose-fitting, light-weight clothes to cover up are also great ways to protect your skin.
Wash your hands
One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick is by washing your hands regularly. But we are all pro’s at this by now, right? In case you need a reminder, a proper hand wash should last about 20 seconds (you can sing the happy birthday song or the chorus to “Oops!..I did it Again,” both are 20 seconds). Clean hands can help to keep you healthy and prevent the spread of bacteria.
Eat more fruits and veggies!
Eating more nutrient-dense foods can help you to feel your best this summer! Who doesn’t love a good smoothie in the morning or fruit plate as a midday snack. If you want to add even more benefits to your smoothies or summer treats, try incorporating Collagen Hydrolysate. Regular use of collagen can have positive effects when it comes to the signs of aging, promoting strong hair and nails, healthy skin and joint support.* To learn more about the benefits of collagen, I strongly recommend checking out one of our past blogs.
Getting exercise in the summer doesn’t not mean you have to go to the gym. In fact, there are so many ways to get your heart rate up during the summer without even feeling like a workout! For example, hiking and swimming are my favorite ways to ensure that my body is moving, but even going for a walk or a bike ride are great ways to have fun while moving your body! If you are going to do these activities during the day, remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!
So there ya have it, some healthy summer tips to ensure that you are staying cautious this summer without sacrificing the fun! Whatever activities you plan to do this summer, remember to stay safe and enjoy the summer warmth and sunshine.
Disclaimer: The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Nor is it intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a medical professional. Individual results may vary.