It’s National Picnic Month! Have fun and stay protected with these 3 simple tips!

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When the weather gets warmer, the outdoors seems to beckon all those bold friends and families to join the fun in the sun. Local parks and beaches no longer have gray skies, and picnics are the perfect way to celebrate them.

National Picnic Month is an excellent excuse to get out and enjoy the outdoors and warm weather. When packing your picnic basket with yummy treats like fruits and veggies, don’t forget to also pack some protection for your eyes, skin and scalp.

 Stay protected and don’t miss out on the fun:
  • Get proper protection for your eyes – Don’t forget your shades before heading out to the picnic. Not only is it a good fashion statement, but you will also delay wrinkles around your eye area. Those show up quicker when you spend too much unprotected time in the sun. You will also be protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light. The sun emits UV radiation that you can’t see or feel and can damage your eyes. Also, make sure that when you buy your sunglasses, they block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays, as this will provide the protection your eyes need when outdoors.
  • Protect your skin – Basking in the sun is one of the most enjoyable aspects of having a picnic, and the last thing you want is to end up with nasty sunburn at the end of the day. The good thing is that those are easy to prevent with the proper sunscreen protection. Protect your skin by using broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF value of 15 or higher. Apply 30 minutes before you go outside. This allows the sunscreen to have enough time to provide the maximum benefit to your skin. For added protection, you can also choose light athletic clothing with UVA/UVB protection built in. The lightweight material absorbs sweat and will allow your skin to breathe while you enjoy the outdoors.
  • Keep your head covered – Picnics are the perfect excuse to wear a cute hat or cap. They also provide great shade not only for your face but your scalp as well. Wearing a cap that covers the whole scalp will help diminish UV radiation that can affect your hair and scalp. Leaving your scalp unprotected can damage your hair follicles and dry out your hair. Also, don’t be afraid to wet your hair a little and add some hair balm or conditioner before putting on your hat. It will keep your hair soft and your scalp hydrated.

National Picnic Month is a fantastic way to celebrate the summer. With technology all around us, it is nice to have an excuse to go out and celebrate warm months.  It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature at its best. So prepare your picnic basket, add all your goodies, and don’t forget to protect your eyes, skin and scalp.

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