Marla Ahlgrimm is, like most women, excited about the arrival of summer. The women’s health expert and author is an avid outdoorswoman with great advice on how to stay safe when the summer breeze beckons.
Forget the glow
While copper-toned skin and sun-streaked hair scream of a carefree summer, the UV light needed to render that warm weather glow can actually hurt you in the long run. Marla Ahlgrimm suggests wearing a wide brim hat, sunglasses, and, at minimum, an SPF 15 sunscreen. Reapply often and up the kids’ SPF to 50.
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, ticks and other disease-carrying creepy-crawlies thrive in the heat and are attracted to all the warm spots on your skin. Keep a bottle of DEET-based bug spray close to discourage any insect-sized stowaways from ruining the rest of your summer. Lyme disease and Zika are just two of the possible illnesses associated with bug bites in the summer.
While you’ll want to avoid too many poolside cocktails, you won’t want to avoid staying properly hydrated throughout June, July, and August. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that summer means sweat and sweat means pulling water out of the body. Dehydration can cause a number of pesky issues including dry skin and lightheadedness. Stick with plain tap water or infuse your H2O with fresh fruit for a fun and flavorful thirst quencher with a twist.
Value the vest
A life vest and other safety gear is essential when enjoying outdoor activities, such as boating. Check your lifejackets every year and make sure each member of the family is fitted properly to ensure everyone’s safe return to shore. Marla Ahlgrimm, who spends much of her summer hiking, says to wear properly fitting shoes and keep a first aid kit in your bag if you’re going to trek off the beaten path.