Sun Safety for the Fourth of July (and All Summer Long)


Fourth of July is just a few days away. While technically summer began in late June, we're not alone when we say that this holiday always feels like the real first day of summer. For this holiday weekend, we expect bustling beaches, packed parks, and crowds just about anywhere outside. Whether you plan on hitting the sand for beach volleyball, enjoying a backyard BBQ, or wandering around the city and enjoying the holiday vibes, follow our tips for sun protection pre-, post-, and during the weekend.

Pre-Weekend Preparation

Before you start the weekend, exfoliate and polish your skin to remove any dead cells and give it a nice glow. If you're feeling on the pale side, lather on self-tanner or bronzer and let it soak in for at least a few hours before getting your skin wet.

After exfoliating and/or self-tanning, moisturize your skin with a rich lotion, body butter, or dry oil. Not only should you hydrate your skin, but also your entire body! Drink lots of fluids, especially water. If you want something flavorful, consider coconut water or an electrolyte-enhanced beverage.

Weekend Tips

Whether the sun is bright and shining, or hidden behind clouds, make sure you protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Before you head outside, slather on sunscreen, pack sunglasses and a hat, and wear UV clothing. We love the Sundriven Ava double layer dress. To protect your shoulders and chest, which are such sensitive areas, pair your dress with the Sundriven Gemma wrap.

If you plan on driving long hours, protect your delicate hands with a pair of driving gloves. If you can, try to find shade during peak hours - 10am to 4pm - when the sun's UV rays are strongest. Or, just make sure your skin is thoroughly covered. Don't forget to wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen to easily forgotten areas, like your ears, back of the neck, and nose.

Drink cool fluids throughout the day, especially if it's particularly hot outside. If you feel flushed, try to go inside or sit under some shade for at least half an hour to help your body cool down.

Post-Holiday Tips

Even if you've thoroughly protected your skin, the sun can take a lot out of your body. After a day or two in the sun, your skin and body is likely dehydrated and needs some TLC. We recommend soaking in a bath with Epsom salts. If you skipped wearing a hat, or went swimming, condition your hair with a rich mask. Once you've dried off, moisturize with aloe vera or lotion to help repair your skin if it was in the sun (even if you were wearing sunscreen).

By following these tips, you can enjoy the sun without worrying about damaging it. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Author: Melissa Darcey

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