Tomorrow is the first official day of summer, and parts of the country are definitely feeling it! A heat wave is sweeping the nation, with temperatures soaring to near 100 degrees (or more!) in places that don’t normally feel it this early in the season. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat, consider spending a day at the pool or beach! But make sure you take safety precautions; in extreme heat, being outdoors can be hazardous if you’re not careful.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you’re going to be spending time outdoors in the next few days, even if you’ll be in the shade or playing in the water, it’s vital to remember to hydrate! Your body loses water shockingly fast when you’re hot and sweaty, and drinking lots of cool water can also help to regulate your internal temperature and stave off heatstroke. Throw a bottle of water in the freezer tonight; the ice will melt as you’re outdoors and you’ll have nice, cool water even after you’ve been outside for a while.
Remember: don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink! You’re probably already dehydrated at that point! If you’re losing a lot of liquid through sweat, drink sports beverages to replace the salt and minerals that you’re losing.
Avoid Too Much Direct Sunlight
If you’re going to take a pool day, you’ll probably be out in the sun while you swim. But when you’re not in the water, try to avoid direct sunlight. Set up a towel or chair under a beach umbrella or awning; you’ll stay cooler in the shade, and won’t be at as much risk for heatstroke. Even better would be to go indoors to an air conditioned restaurant, cafe or concession area when you’re not in the water, but whatever you choose to do, try not to overdo it with the direct sunlight! Take frequent breaks in the shade.
Wear Good Sunscreen
Obviously when you’re spending time in the sun, you need to make sure you wear good sunscreen. Use a good water-resistant or sport sunscreen if you’re going to be playing in the water. If you have trouble applying the sunscreen to certain spots – like the back of the shoulders – spray sunscreen can really help make sure you’re covered in those hard-to-reach spots. Also, apply sunscreen under the edges of your swimsuit – you never know when your swimsuit will shift and leave untreated skin exposed. The last thing you want is a painful sunburn along the edge of your swimsuit bottoms or bikini top!
Splash Out in a Cool New Swimsuit
With summer officially beginning, this is probably also the beginning of your real beach or pool season! Fortunately, we’re having a fantastic sale on select swimwear here at Big Girls’ Bras, so you can splash out for a new swimsuit without breaking the budget! You can save 30% off on select Sunsets Separates, 30% off on select Swim Systems, or 40% off of select Fantasie swimwear! With sale prices like these, looking great has never been so easy!