School might be starting next month, but summer weather is still in the forecast. Here are some tips to help beat the heat and stay protected from sun exposure.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water during the summer is crucial to staying healthy. It can be easy to become dehydrated when it is hot outside, so be sure to replenish the water your body loses. A helpful tip can be to always carry a reusable water bottle to fill up when you’re out and about.

Wear sunscreen

This one seems obvious, but it can be easily overlooked. The extra step of applying sunscreen can protect your skin from serious damage. According to LiveWell, sunburns are only an immediate reaction to sun exposure and sun damage can occur over time. Even if you don’t typically burn easily, it’s important to protect your skin from future damage. Whether you’re going to the pool or checking out the County Fair, remember to put some sunscreen on your face and body before heading out.

Wear lighter colors and breathable fabric

Summer is a great opportunity to change up your style, so why not switch from dark colors to lighter ones? Dark colors absorb light and will make you feel hotter. By wearing light colors, which reflect light, you’ll feel, and look, cooler. It’s also important to wear breathable and comfortable clothing. According to Stich Fix, some breathable fabrics include cotton, chambray, rayon, linen and synthetic blend fabrics.

Put on a hat

It doesn’t have to be a bad hair day to wear a hat. Having a hat or visor on protects from the sun’s damaging rays. Try to wear something with a brim, like a baseball cap or a sun hat to really protect your face from the sun.

Sunglasses

Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protection from those UV rays. Protect your vision by wearing sunglasses when you’re outside in the sun or driving. Long term damage can occur from lack of sunglasses when you’re out in the summer sun.

Eat cool, refreshing foods

Another easy trick to cool down on those three-digit summer days is to snack on some cold food. Foods that have a high-water content such as watermelon, peppers and cucumber are always a great summer snack.

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at arricke@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    


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