Summer is a great time; people are going to the beach, hosting garden parties, and generally enjoying the sun and the summertime environment. However, it is important to be prepared and protected against the sun and especially so during summer. Below are five tips to stay safe during the summertime.
It should go without saying that sunscreen is a must for the hot Australian summers but frequently people forgot or simply choose not to apply it. Make sure to be using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 115. The higher the SPF, the more protection it provides from harmful UV rays. Also, be sure to check if sunscreen has worn off, and if so reapply if you are still in the summer sun. Furthermore, its recommended that sunscreen be reapplied every two hours, so be sure to keep track of time!
Apply sunscreen before going outside
We often make the mistake of applying sunscreen when we have already arrived at our destination. Actually, the most effective way to use sunscreen is to apply it at least 20 minutes before leaving. This is because sunscreen needs some time to fully absorb into the skin, so going straight away and applying at your destination can still put you at risk initially.
Make use of umbrellas, trees, and other shelters
Even with sunscreen protection, there is still the possibility of damage from the sun, particularly with prolonged exposure. It is important during the summer to have shade readily available. If going to the beach, make sure to bring an umbrella or parasol, and if you do decide to have that summer BBQ, make sure to have umbrellas ready for the tables.
Invest in some quality sunglasses
Sunglasses provide protection for the eyes against harmful UV rays and help to prevent the development of cataracts in the eye. Its best to look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UBA rays, so make sure to buy sunglasses that possess these two traits. Wrap-around sunglasses provide the best protection because they provide full side coverage for the eyes.
Motorised shutters and residential custom window shutters
While curtains can certainly provide adequate protection from sunlight and sunlight glares intruding inside, they do not often provide full coverage, and they can be a nightmare for pet owners. A great new alternative to this is motorised shutters, which are now increasingly available to the public at affordable rates. With many options available, it becomes possible to easily shut out direct sunlight and even to install automated shutters so you don't even need to close them manually. Furthermore, you could even host an awesome summer party, with the perk of having 100% privacy! Contact a professional who provides motorised shutters for more information.