Outdoor Health & Beauty Essentials
Do you love the great outdoors? If so, summer is probably among your favorite seasons. In fact, many families practically live outside in the sunny months, between the beach, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf, BBQs and picnics, or just lounging on the deck, enjoying iced tea or wine with friends.
As enjoyable as open air pursuits are, we also need to take care of ourselves and our children along the way, which requires some planning. These “essentials” can help you enjoy your time outside─beautifully and safely:
Be vigilant about sun protection
Beware of unprotected sun exposure, especially for children. Many of the changes we associate with aging⎯such as lines, wrinkles, and discoloration⎯can be attributed to past sun damage. Sunburns are especially dangerous, as they increase your risk of skin cancer. Play it safe with chemical-free sunscreens, and encourage sunglasses, hats, and visors.
Emphasize healthy hydration
Proper hydration is especially important in warm weather. Try to consume at least 8 glasses of pure water throughout the day. You can add variation with caffeine-free iced tea, sparkling water, and diluted juices. Adding an extra glass of water for every cup of coffee, soda, or alcoholic beverage you drink is smart too, as these beverages are dehydrating.
Doesn’t food taste better in the fresh air? For active fun, keep picnic fare light and healthy. Start smart with fresh veggies like carrots, fennel, jicama, celery, sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower, paired with hummus, bean dip, spinach-Greek yogurt dip, olive tapenade, or salsa. Include organic cheese, nuts, whole-grain crackers or chips, and portable fruit like apples, grapes and cherries for a delightful al fresco feast.
Beware of insects
There’s nothing fun about stings and bites. Protect yourself with a natural insect repellant from Kiss My Face, Jason Naturals, or California Baby. When dining outdoors, Citronella candles help keep pests at bay. Assuming no allergies call for medical attention, you can treat stings and bites naturally with aloe vera gel, or lavender or tea tree oil, which have disinfectant and anti-microbial properties.
Sun-kissed faces, fit bodies, wind tousled hair, and happy smiles are the epitome of outdoor health and beauty. With a little planning, you can enjoy nature to the fullest─and take great care of yourself along the way!