Now that summer is here, it’s time to hit the beach! Of course, the beach is a classic hot spot to not only get tanned – but also burned. Sunburns are more than just a source of temporary discomfort. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause premature skin aging and even skin cancer.
Defend yourself at the beach this year, by using these sunscreen tips to protect your skin:
- Know the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens, which offer different UV filters and require differing application processes.
- Be sure to cover all exposed skin – even your toes, ears, and as much of your scalp as you can.
- Consider wearing loose clothing when outside the water, or look into a floppy, brimmed hat.
- Check the expiration date on your sunscreen. There is a very good chance that expired sunscreens will not work. It’s worth it to pitch the old and buy more.
- Set an alarm on your cell phone to remind you to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours, even if you haven’t gotten in the water.
How do you protect yourself from the sun at the beach? Please, let us know in the comments.
Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means: road trips! It’s the time of year for packing up the car and heading to your favorite vacation destination. Although summer vacations mean several care-free days for you and your family, it could mean the opposite for your car.
Between the hot weather, long drives, heavy loads, and high speeds, road trips could mean disaster for your tires. What would be worse on your summer vacation than getting a flat tire on a busy and unknown highway?
Make sure that you are prepared before you hit the road. Follow these easy tips to ensure the health of your tires before, during, and after your summer vacation:
- Visibly check the tires: make sure there are no signs of damage
- Make sure tires are properly inflated: check the owner’s manual for recommended inflation pressure
- Check that the car is not overloaded
- Check the tire tread: low tread or bald tires should be replaced
- Follow the speed limit: driving too fast in hot weather could be dangerous for your tires
Take a quick 15 minutes to complete these steps. Then all that’s left to do is pack the luggage, strap in the kids, and hit the road!