Depending on where you are from, you might have been mumbling one of these colorful phrases to yourself over the last month as our summer has heated up…
“The dog days of summer are here!”
“It’s hotter than Dutch love”
“Hot enough to scald a lizard/loon”
“It’s hotter than a stolen tamale!”
“Training grounds for down below”
“It's hotter'n a blister bug in a pepper patch!”
No matter how you describe the hottest days of the year, your skin – AND YOUR HAIR - will have the same need for protection as anyone else’s. With temp’s hitting 90+ most days from now until the end of August, let’s talk about how to protect our hair and skin from the damaging rays of the sun and the dehydrating effects of the hot dry air that is a staple of our region.
Skin Protection Basic
There has always been a lot of information out in public about how to protect your skin, but let’s get more specific with some details and recommendations you may not be aware of:
More precisely, what's the best SPF for YOUR skin?
First of all, it’s important to note that NO sunscreen can block all UV rays. That’s right, NONE. But what we do know is:
So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent. That being said, anything between 15 & 30 is going to give you ample protection as long as you use it correctly. 1) Always try to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes PRIOR to exposure and 2) Re-Apply every 2-3 hours unless you are in the water, then re-apply more often.
Sunscreen for my hair?
When It’s Too Late to Stop the Damage…
PS – Where do those funny phrases all hail from? Here is where you might hear them:
“The dog days of summer are here!” – Everywhere, USA
“It’s hotter than Dutch love” – heard in PA, WI and NY states
“Hot enough to scald a lizard/loon” – South Carolina
“It’s hotter than a stolen tamale!” - Texas
“Training grounds for down below” - Georgia
“It's hotter'n a blister bug in a pepper patch!” – somewhere in the Sout