Look After Yourself!
The tourist season is in full swing as temperatures soar into the late 30´s and early 40´s. But, don’t be complacent and assume that just because you live here your body has acclimatized to the heat and humidity levels. To avoid sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunburn, even those of you who have lived here for many years need to make a few concessions during the months of July and August to avoid unnecessary and avoidable illness and discomfort. You know all these simple rules yet the doctors I spoke to at the Costa del Sol Hospital tell me it’s the same every year - people do not respect the power of the sun and suffer needlessly. So, a few simple yet vital pieces of advice from the experts;
Drink plenty of water - at least six pints a day during these hottest months. Sounds a lot but once you add up your teas and coffees you will be surprised how easy it is.
The sun is at it´s hottest between 11am and 3pm so try and keep away from direct sunlight at this time. Stay in the shade and relax!
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. There are many moisturizers or day creams with an SPF rating built in so it´s worth checking when you buy these products. Sunscreens have come a long way in recent years and are available in many forms. Applying a generous covering each morning over those exposed areas is a great start to avoiding skin cancer!
If you do feel dehydrated then act immediately – drink a pint of water with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and a half teaspoon of salt and rest. You should soon feel better but if symptoms persist visit your doctor or hospital.
Wear a hat – the back of the neck or that bald spot can easily burn. A baseball cap or a scarf tied over your hair is great if you are in and out of the pool always remembering to top up your sunscreen every couple of hours.
Invest in some UV-blocking sunglasses to protect the fragile skin around the eyes.
Help yourself stay healthy and protect your skin too. A little thought each day helps keep the wrinkles away!!
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