It’s hot. This isn’t a joke, we’re not looking for a “how hot is it?” punch line setup. We’re just stating facts. Of course, if you’ve read much of our content, you know how much we love being outside on the beautiful emerald coast of Florida. So, if you’re visiting, and not used to our heat and humidity, have a quick read of these tips. They’ll help you stay cool and keep your body happy.
Wear sunblock. Not just any sunblock, mind you. It is recommended that you use at least SPF 30 and reapply often. Even though the product may claim up to 4 hours of coverage, it’s best to reapply every 2 hours or so. The intense humidity and lingering sweat will make the sunblock wash away and be less effective here. Also, it’s a good idea to wear sunblock under your clothes. The average t-shirt has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of about 5, which means it blocks about 9% of the sun’s UV rays.
Take a Break. While you’re outside, be mindful of the way you’re feeling. If you begin to feel too hot, get inside, under an umbrella, or in some other cool, shady spot. Even a few minutes to allow your body to cool down can be greatly beneficial and minimize risk. If you feel nauseous, dizzy, fevered, confused, or overly achy, consult a physician for a checkup.
Stay Out of the Sun Between 10 and 4. Limit your exposure to the sun as much as possible during these hours. Its rays are at their strongest between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you’re at the beach, get in the water and cool off as often as possible.
Cool off whenever and however possible. Keep a spray bottle of cold water to spritz yourself with. This will help to keep you cool and bring down your body temperature. You may also consider brewing some weak green tea to use in your spray bottle. The antioxidants in the tea will improve your complexion while the cool tea will help bring down your body temperature. Of course, the best way to cool down is to jump in the Gulf of Mexico for a treat.
Keep aloe vera and a lotion containing zinc handy. In the event of burning, the aloe will greatly reduce pain and healing time. The zinc cream will do the same thing. Apply to a sunburnt face at bedtime and wake up with greatly reduced sunburn.