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Direct Energy Wellness: Protect Yourself (and Your Skin) from the Summer Sun

The Direct Energy Wellness series is designed to help you establish and maintain healthy living habits in the workplace. Our wellness experts will introduce you to a range of tips to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape – including exercises you can do at your desk!

I used to watch landscapers work wearing long-sleeved shirts, jeans, sun hats, and steel-toed boots in the heat of the summer sun. I thought, “They are going to burn up dressed like that in heat like this!”

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You might balk at wearing so much clothing when doing yard work, but your skin will thank you!

All the while, I would cut my lawn wearing shorts, no shirt, low-cut socks, athletic shoes, and no hat. And I was still hot – even though I worked in the yard on Saturday mornings to avoid the heat that arrived later in the day.

But once I worked at a large cancer hospital, I quickly learned more about skin cancer and the dangers of overexposure from the sun. I realized that I was the one at fault for cutting grass, going for walks, or just being outside during the hottest part of the day without the right protection!

Don’t get me wrong – I am not trying to scare you away from being outdoors! Instead, I want to make sure that you and your family wear appropriate attire and skincare product(s). Here are some tops tips to protect yourself from the summer sun and take care of your skin during the hot months of the year:

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Seriously – wear a hat and protect your skin from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Wear protective clothing when you’re outside for an extended period of time. This can include long sleeves, pants, and/or hats.
  • Wear sunscreen. Reapply every couple of hours, and reapply every hour if you are swimming, as the water washes off your sunscreen.
  • The UV rays of the sun are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm each day, so we recommend not playing outside during those times.
  • Drink plenty of water. And not soft drinks or sugary beverages. You need to keep hydrated when it’s hot outside!
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One application of sunscreen is never enough!

Is the sun good for you? Of course, but 15 minutes of sun is all you need to get your daily recommended allowance of vitamin D.

Protect Yourself (and Your Skin) from the Summer Sun | Direct Energy Blog
Drink mostly water when working outside. The occasional sports drink is OK, but soft drinks are not.

Basically, you and your family should go outside and enjoy the summer sun, but you still much be mindful of your personal well-being and safety!

Do you have any safety tips you employ to protect yourself and your family when the sun’s out? Share with us in the comments!

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Currently the Wellbeing & Engagement Manager for Direct Energy, Terrick Smith is a wellness professional with more than 15 years of experience. He has served at some of today’s most successful companies, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he worked as a wellness coach responsible for motivating and educating over 18,000 employees.

Terrick has the gold standard of certifications - ACSM Exercise Physiologist - and is also a NASM Fitness nutrition specialist. He completed the ADA-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at University of Houston, and he is eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam.

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