It happened to me…I got mild heat exhaustion a few weeks ago.
A nightmare ensured afterwards – headaches, vertigo, disorientation. Just overall yuck!
Needless to say, I spent the rest of the day inside with the AC full blast and drinking as much water as possible. Heat exhaustion caused by sun exposure is a nasty business and not something you should take lightly, especially if you have underlying medical conditions. So what exactly is heat exhaustion?
Mayo Clinic gives the definition as: “Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating.” Believe me when I say – you don’t want any part of this horrible reaction to the sun.
So I’m sharing 4 easy ways to protect yourself from heat exhaustion this summer. Keep reading to find out!
1. Avoid Peak “Sun” Times
The consensus generally is to avoid being outdoors in extreme heat from 11 am to 4 pm. I understand if this is inconvienant, but it’s one of the best ways to protect yourself. Why this time frame? Because the sun’s rays are the strongest during this time of day. And if it’s a clear summer day you can expect the sun the be beating down on you. Get stuck outside without shade or water during this time and you’ll develop heat exhaustion within a matter of minutes.
2. The Sunscreen Mantra
Applying sunscreen before heading out is a must. This step will help stop the harmful UV rays of the sun from penetrating your skin. Overtime, prolonged sun exposure often leafs to skin cancer and wrinkles. Protect your skin by using a high SPF sunscreen on any areas of your body that aren’t covered, including your face.
Look, I don’t like sticky or gooey sunscreen either, so my favorite sunscreen to do the job is Neutragena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with SPF 100+. It’s the #1 dermatologist recommend sunscreen, and it’s easy to see why. This formula is very lightweight, absorbs easily. and is water resistant! It’s so lightweight, I even use it on my face! I apply it before I leave the house and I also carry it in my purse (it fits!) to reapply during the day.
Ulta is having a Buy 1 Get 1 50% off deal for the sunscreen.
3. Be A Mad Hatter
I hat like mad bro. Hats are one of the best ways to protect yourself from developing heat exhuastion. If you think about it, our heads are the closest to the sun. We’re essentially frying up our heads without proper sun protection. This can lead to heat exhaustion in a matter of minutes if you’re in an extremely hot environment. I’m wearing a simple straw fedora, which is fashionable and protective. But check out these hats too. Don’t forget to cover your eyes too! Harmful rays can cause many eye problems such as cataracts. Cover up with chic but functional sunglasses.
4. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is the leading cause of heat exhaustion. They say if your thirst you’re already dehydrated. It’s incredibly important to carry a water bottle around with you when you are spending time in the sun. U really love Trader Joe’s super special alkaline formula to give me that extra pep in my step. I either carry this as shown or transfer it to cute water bottles like this one from Kate Spade. It’s important to keep drinking and avoid any type of caffeine, which causes dehydration.
Hope this post was helpful. I think you can still be chic and comfortable in the sun – you just have to make sure you aren’t over heated! What is your most trusted sun safety tip? Share it with me below!