Each season brings on its own set of opportunities and issues, particularly with respect to health, and summer is no exception. In the UAE and other Gulf countries, the period of June to August particularly is a time of scorching summer, with temperatures staying well above 40 degrees Celsius almost every single day. To avoid the harshness of extreme temperature on ourselves, we have shielded the human existence in many ways, including the way we make our houses, buildings and public infrastructure. People in most parts of the world would consider air-conditioned bus stops a novelty, but it is a reality and some would say a necessity in the UAE and some gulf countries.
However, we cannot completely avoid encountering the extreme weather in our day to day lives. In order to avoid health complications due to harsh weather and sun, we need to make some adjustments and efforts before we venture out. Let us explore some such tips:
Drink plenty of fluids
Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells. Drink plenty of water and fluids!
Use a Sunscreen
It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen; you must apply enough, and apply frequently. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.
Protect Your Lips
The sun’s rays are drying on the delicate lip tissue. a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher and reapply regularly when outdoors
Take a Cold Shower
Hot showers after sun exposure further dry skin-turn down the temperature and you’ll pick up a few added benefits. A cool shower after excess sweating helps keep the skin unconcluded, decreasing acne breakouts.
Eat more Melons
Watermelons are rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. Watermelon has “water” in its name for a reason. It’s loaded with water to keep you hydrated when you work out. Plus, it’s an excellent source of the electrolytes, sodium and potassium you need to help the body run strong. Watermelon is also rich in Vitamin B, which is necessary for energy production.
Eat Your SPF
There’s some evidence that oral intake of vitamins C and E together can limit potential for sunburn,” Dr. Giles notes. A salad with vitamin C rich citrus, berries, tomato, and vitamin E rich nuts is an ideal SPF meal.
Protect Your Eyes
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.
These basic tips will help you sail through the summer season without harm to your skin or health. However, everyone’s body and skin composition varies, and therefore the aforementioned tips need to be applied keeping these factors in mind along with personal allergies, if any. Meanwhile, please spread these tips among friends and family, so everyone benefits and stays protected and healthy during this extreme weather.