When the leaves fall, the winter shadows come to cover the land and soon enough, so shall the sun come to brighten the days once more. Yes, summer will be here and it’s not always fun in the sun when you live in the south. In the south, summer can be well over 100 degrees, Fahrenheit, and humidity can reach the 100% threshold; the trick is to find the comfortability in it. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, I have seen the heat rising from the asphalt on the city streets. Come march, the winter months have passed and spring is not in the air, it’s more like a dry, valley of palm trees and dirt. Yes, there are kids playing ball, people biking and skating, but all at a price, because come may, the sun is beating down and most of us just stay in doors. Staying indoors is nice when it’s 115 Degrees but it’s not fun, which is why if you’re gonna be stuck somewhere hot for the summer, I suggest you follow some of these ideas before you get sick of doing nothing but soaking up the air conditioning on the couch.First thing is first, grab some sunscreen! You want something that is SPF 40 or more. No matter where you are in the country, SPF 40 is enough to keep the damage off and the tan on. Don’t get caught soaking up the sun without some, and if you do, grab some aloe vera gel.
Aloe Vera gel is made from the Aloe Vera Cactus, and one of the best parts about Phoenix is the enormous amounts of Aloe Vera Cactus everywhere. If you are ever walking around and feel yourself becoming overwhelmed by the heat, one of the smartest things you can do is to break off a branch, and rub the Aloe Vera Gel on your skin. This will not help reduce sunburn, but will help reduce the effects of the burn itself.The next suggestion I have for you is to drink plenty of water. Water is the most important part of our lives and walking around in the heat will definitely dehydrate you to the point of becoming ill. Don’t think for a second you can beat the heat!
Another good idea is to where layers. Having two shirts on will actually reduce your chances of becoming dehydrated by keeping the moisture of your sweat close to your body. The clothing will act as an insulator and keep the heat off.
Also, in the summer, don’t wear black. Not only is this a bad fashion statement, but a dumb idea. The color black will most definitely attract and absorb the sun’s rays because there is no color to be reflected. In laymen’s terms, you’re gonna heat up more wearing black than white. But this does not mean white is the best either! Without the technical terms, Your best colors to keep cool during the summer are bright, or neon-like colors, where the rays of the sun will reflect off your clothing.
So the next time you’re gonna be somewhere in the sun for a dry heated day, please, take some of this advice. If nothing else, just drink more water than you can possibly hold in your bladder because there is nothing worse than passing out on the ground that has been heated to 150 degrees and burning your skin on the ground on top of the sun burning your head.