With summer right around the corner, here are some tips on keeping your skin safe in the sun and free of bug bites.
It is important to take Calcium Lactate and Cataplex F tablets, both are needed to protect the skin from the sun. Take an hour before going out in the sun and take again if you are going to be out for some time in the sun.
The other option for protection from the sun is to wear sun-protective clothing. Not everyone wants to do that so find a sunscreen that is not loaded with things you cannot even pronounce on the label. Avoid sunscreen products that contain synthetic ingredients such as chemical fragrances, parabens and nano-particles. The best source to find a “good” sunscreen without a lot of chemicals in it is – www.ewg.com. The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting your health and the environment. We also recommend Beautycounter sunscreen products, this is what I use in the sun.
What about bugs and bug spray? The best bet is use clothing as protection. What natural ingredients have been shown to repel mosquitos and other pests? Citronella, lemon grass oil, peppermint oil and vanillin. I have used a mixture of cedarwood oil and lavender oil in eight ounces of water and I spray it on myself and my pets to keep the ticks off and it also repels fleas.
Water – with the heat and humidity, it is very important to stay well hydrated. What is staying well hydrated? There are a lot of theories out there. I like to look to the body to tell me if I am dehydrated. Here is how you do it – Stand with your hands by your side for a minute or two. Without raising your arms, look at the inside surface of your wrists and notice that your veins bulge a bit. Now extend the arm with the most obvious bulging veins straight out in front of you and watch your wrist. If the bulging veins remain bulged, it means you are drinking enough water. If the bulge flattens, it indicates you are not drinking enough water. Sip water, do not gulp it because when you drink a lot, all at once, it results in your body eliminating most of it because it has no time to assimilate it. In other words, you have to pee a lot.
One additional thing to keep in mind during the summer – sweat. We sweat a lot which means we are losing electrolytes. What are electrolytes? They are salts and minerals that conduct electrical impulses in the body. The quickest way to get those electrolytes in is watermelon, melons, celery or cucumbers and drizzle sea salt over it. The foods mentioned are high in potassium and the sea salt provides the sodium. If you get a headache after being outdoors, it is a good indication that you need to get rehydrated and get some electrolytes in you.
Hope that helps!