Stay Safe In The Sun This Summer

Posted 08/29/2013 | By HealthCorps

If your summer exercise includes gardening activities, then you may be at risk for a sun burn, or be more likely to suffer from allergies (skin or respiratory), so follow these outdoor activity precautions:

  • Apply sunblock head to toe.  If you have sensitive skin, look for mineral- based creams that use titanium dioxide.
  • Wear light colored clothing to reflect the sun’s rays (you can now also add sunblock (SPF) protection to your clothes in the wash cycle)
  • Wear a hat and gloves
  • Create shaded areas whenever possible while working the garden
  • Wear wrap -around sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Re-apply sunblock to exposed areas per frequency directions on the container
  • Make sure to remove all clothing right as you enter your home and bag them
  • Wash face and hands with mild soap to remove all allergens
  • If you do suffer with a cough or runny nose after gardening, you might consider wearing a light face mask to reduce respiratory exposure.

If you develop persistent skin irritations or respiratory symptoms you should consult with a health professional.

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