There’s plenty to love about summer. The longer days, the serotonin boost, the abundance of Vitamin D, the vibrant joie de vivre can get even the grumpiest of us in a joyous and adventurous mood. But there’s no denying summer’s heat can be harsh and unforgiving, so before you gear up for your pocketful of sunshine, be sure to make safety your top priority.
A/C Done DIY
You don’t need an advanced degree in engineering to nail down this simple trick of staying cool. Build your DIY air conditioner by filling a bowl with some ice (you may even freeze water in bottles), then place it in front of the fan. Turn on the fan, and its breeze will pick up the chill of the melting ice to offer you a cooling blast.
You can even hang custom tarps to create a walled off, personal cooling sanctuary in the comfort of your backyard. Either way, you will be in for an icy treat.
Fabulous Frozen Smoothies
Speaking of treats, there’s plenty of yummy ways to beat the heat. Pop a banana and a few berries in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Let them sit for a couple of hours. Blend them with some ice to make refreshingly cool smoothies!
These frozen delights will keep you chilled out and will also add to your daily nutritional intake. You can serve them in Buddha bowls or refreeze them to make homemade popsicles.
You may even make sorbet with fresh, summery fruits like melons, peaches, pineapples, etc. Just make sure that the sectional covers and bench covers are on to prevent any fruity drips that may run down and ruin the upholstery!
Backyard water fights are the best possible way to stay cool in the sun while also staying active. Put aside your electronic devices, refill your water guns, stock up on water balloons, and you’re all set to take down your opponent.
If the space in your backyard allows it, you can even use custom tarps to set up a slip ‘n slide that will bring hours of refreshing fun for kids and kids at heart. And adding liquid soap to the mix brings this staple of outdoor family fun to a whole new level.
If you are looking for a quick respite from the summer’s heat, then nothing works better than a cold shower. It will lower your body temperature and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Once you step out of the shower, skip the toweling down and opt for air drying instead.
Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a relaxing soak in a cool bath. Add a few drops of zesty essential oils, such as peppermint or spearmint, for an emphasized cooling sensation. Follow up with a cooling lotion for the ultimate summer spa experience.
It’s a fact of summer life that will be losing hydration thanks to perspiration, so replenishing that lost moisture is key. Water is the perfect zero-calorie beverage that will keep you cool all summer long no matter how much time you’re spending in the sun.
Aim for drinking 3 liters of water a day in the summer. And if plain old water gets boring, try fruit infused water for a tasty spin on h20! A reusable water bottle is perfect for keeping track of your water intake and is eco-friendly to boot.
Summer is full of fun in the sun, but it’s important to keep yourself safe from its harsh UV rays. Continuous exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburns, skin damage, or even skin cancer if you are not careful. Thankfully, protecting yourself from the sun has never been easier.
Start by dressing in appropriate, protective clothing. Moisture-wicking fabrics like cotton or bamboo can keep your body from overheating. Similarly, loose outfits can let your body breathe. Wear wide-brimmed hats and full sleeves to save your skin from sunburns.
Sunscreen is crucial for sun safety. Use a high SPF sunscreen every time you plan to spend time in the sun and re-apply every two hours or any time after getting wet. Kids should use an even higher SPF and apply more frequently.
You and your family aren’t the only ones who require sun protection. Your patio furniture and outdoor accessories are also susceptible to damage and fading caused by UV exposure, and requires similar protective measures in order to maintain their integrity.
UV resistant accessories like sectional covers and golf cart covers will keep your outdoor furniture and toys safe from UV exposure all summer long. Utilizing protective covers lets you breathe easy knowing that your backyard is in good hands no matter how high the temperatures may reach.