Sun Protection This Summer to Avoid UV Rays for Upcoming Festivals and Events

Sun Protection This Summer to Avoid UV Rays for Upcoming Festivals and Events

After persevering the long winter, people love celebrating the warm summer with entertaining outdoor events and uplifting music festivals. It is almost certain that you are going to have an amazing time at the outdoor music festival you have been waiting all year for but don’t forget that some of the attendees end up in the ER due to overheating.  Although outdoor music festivals are always a blast, make sure that you enjoy responsibly. Summer music festivals are crowded, with long sunlight exposure which means it can get very hot and if you don’t take necessary precautions, you can dehydrate very quickly.

  • Find Shade from Time to Time

Between 10 am and 4 pm, the UV rays are at their highest. A quick way to assess how strong the UV rays are on the spot is to check whether your shadow is shorter than you. If it is, the sunlight is at its strongest. Some make the mistake of associating the strength of UV rays with the intensity of sunlight. You can get sunburned even when it’s cold or cloudy due to the UV rays. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your car, it’s better to tint your car’s windows so they can block out a significant amount of UV rays. You can check the UV index for the area you are visiting in the local newspapers, television and the radio. Seek shade periodically to reduce your exposure to UV rays outdoors. Sun hats can protect your face from the sun and help you look fashionable too! You can even get your own customised printed hats to express your style and protect yourself from the sun.

  • Use Sunscreen

It is a good practice to use sunscreen all year round but it becomes increasingly necessary during the long days of summer. Most people use sunscreens that block UVB rays which causes sunburns. However, UVA rays can cause skin cancer. If you are going to be spending much of your time at the music festival outdoors, make sure you use a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against both of these rays. Additionally, only choose a sunscreen that offers a sun protecting factor of 30 or higher. This number represents the efficacy with which the sunscreen blocks out the UVB rays. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor of 50 can filter out about 98% of UVB rays!

  • Drink a Lot of Water

When you weigh the risk and reward for having to go to the bathroom frequently due to increase fluid intake, it is a better choice than not drinking enough water at all. If you are attending an outdoor music festival, you are going to dance which means you will sweat a lot. Before the event day, keep your daily water intake to 8 glasses a day. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Often, outside beverages aren’t allowed in outdoor events. If that is the case, make sure you stock up on water as soon as you enter to prevent dehydration.

Follow these sun protection tips to keep yourself safe from damaging UV rays while you enjoy the summers outdoors.

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