Keeping up with Tag-init! How to stay safe and healthy this Summer
Ahhh~ Summer. As an archipelagic country, the Philippines boasts beautiful beaches from all fronts, while offering tranquil forests and mountainous terrain for those who are more into exploring and hiking.
Regardless of where you’ll be heading (or the lack thereof), here are some things to keep in mind to stay healthy and safe during the summer.
Ultra Violet (rays) are more intense from March to May, the official “dry season” in the Philippines; or what we fondly call as Summer.
Because of the intense rays of the sun, it is important to protect your skin against its harmful UV rays by putting on sunscreen or sunblock. Especially when you have sensitive skin. Though it will not prevent your skin from darkening, it will help your skin stay smooth and tan evenly.
So whether you’re swimming at the beach or buying suka from Aling Nena, put on a thin layer of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
With summer having the highest heat index, it is important to keep yourself well hydrated. Extreme heat and dehydration can cause serious health problems if not addressed early. Other than the usual dry skin, it can also cause severe migraines, UTI, or heart attack in extreme conditions.
Make sure to drink 1.5L to 2L of water everyday to help your body replenish all that sweat and maintain your body temperature. Have a water bottle handy to keep yourself hydrated and quench your thirst wherever you are.
You can be as simple or quirky when it comes to your water bottle and there are tons of affordable options online.
With safety protocols still in place in Metro Manila and most of the surrounding areas, it can be quite difficult to let off the summer heat at a beach or places with relatively cooler temperatures like Tagaytay or Baguio.
One cheap way of cooling off this summer is getting an indoor pool that kids and adults alike will surely enjoy. It brings you the cool break of from the summer heat without breaking the bank.
Indoor inflatable pools can take up a lot of space. And if that is your issue, don’t worry. You still have an option.
Portable bathtubs give you the benefits of soaking in cool water without worrying too much about the space. Portable tubs can be folded and stored easily.
Sundresses/ Cotton Shirts
They’re flowy, breathy, and overall presko.
With the heat and humidity in the Philippines, summer outfits bring in the comfort and style of the season. Sundresses and polo shirts made of thin cotton and linen are among the top options during summer because it helps you feel cool and comfortable despite the heat and humidity.
Who says you can’t be fashionable when you sweat?
Hydrating Lotion/ Moisturizer
Whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or taking multiple baths every day to keep the heat at bay, slap on some hydrating lotion to keep your skin from getting dry. Salty ocean waters, chlorinated pool water, and soap can dry up your skin.
Hydrating lotion for your body and moisturizers for your face can help you keep your skin healthy. If you’re worried about the icky feeling that comes with lotions and moisturizers, you can put it on before you sleep.
You can also get the light version of lotions and moisturizers that has a powdery effect on your skin when it dries.
Your skin is not the only thing you need protecting from the harsh heat. Though your eyes don’t necessarily feel the heat, the brightness of the sun can overwhelm your eyes and they can still be affected by UV rays. Specifically, UV-A and UV-B rays can cause short-term and long-term damage to your eyes and affect your vision.
Get some nice tinted sunglasses to help protect your eyes from these harmful rays. It can be a stretch to wear them with your face shields, though. But there are tons of face shields in the market with tints of various shades to address this problem.
Quite an unusual item in this list, but so is our environment.
Whether you’re going out of town or travelling to a relative’s house, it’s best that you get vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect yourself from any potential danger while traveling. While some of you may believe that it’s fine without the vaccine because you haven’t gotten infected so far, well it’s time to have a “better safe than sorry mindset”.
Local government units have initiated their vaccination programs. Some already began vaccinating the elderly and healthcare workers for FREE. Ask your local government about their Covid-19 vaccination programs.
Summer heat can be pretty intense and bringing your own shade means you don’t have to wait for sunset to go out. The sun can be pretty intense sometimes and it is not advisable to be under the direct sunlight from 10am to 2pm.
What’s more mind boggling is when it suddenly rains for a bit. Then the sun comes back up and the humidity becomes even more intense. So bring an umbrella to keep yourself protected from the elements, whether it rains or shine.
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