Last summer you burnt to a crisp after a day in the sun and swore, “Never again.” But here you are, standing before the refrigerator as you gingerly reach for the aloe at the bottom shelf.
Yet, forgetting to apply sunscreen or not applying enough is just the tip of the iceberg when talking about those regretful summer mistakes. So to help you avoid making the same mistake again, we’ve listed the 6 most common summer health crimes that we’ve all been guilty of at one point or another.
Mistake #1: Too much sunYou’ve looked forward to vacation for months, and when it came, you made it into an 8 hour roasting session on the white sands of your favorite shore point.
Even with sunscreen, increased sun exposure can have a slew of negative long-term effects, such as wrinkles, discolorations of the skin, and even skin cancer. So in addition to applying sunscreen every two hours, bring along a beach canopy so you can limit the amount of time you’re directly exposed to the sun.
Mistake #2: Missed spots with sunscreenThe back of the knees, neck, face, ribs, and toes are all places that we tend to miss when applying sunscreen. Oftentimes, the spray doesn’t land where we hoped, and lotions can be tedious to apply.
If you’re looking to cover some serious territory on your body, forget the icky lotions and sprays and Brush On Block instead. This mineral sunscreen powder features a handy brush applicator that covers those easy-to-miss spots with a simple stroke.
Brush On Block goes on dry and translucent, and you can even apply it over makeup. It comes in a portable self-dispensing brush, so you can take it with you wherever you go without having to worry about it exploding all over your pockets or purse.
Mistake #3: 5 bikini (or beach body) lbs. lost became 5 lbs. gainedSeafood dinners by the pier, trips to the ice cream shop, and tailgating at baseball games crushed your hopes of losing those five pounds that stand in the way of you and the beach body you’ve always wanted. Fortunately, summer is only halfway through, and losing five pounds is a piece of cake for people of all physiques.
Start your day with a light breakfast to get your inner weight loss machine rolling, make a commitment to exercise every day,and swap out the diet soda and iced tea for ice cold water. See? I told you it was easy.
Mistake #4: Working on vacationYou know who you are, you workaholic. You did it last year, checking e-mails and chasing breakfast with a few client calls before heading out to the beach. Remember- your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Vacation is your time to unwind, so put up your auto-responder, leave the laptop at home, and enjoy every last second of your time off from work.
Mistake #5: One margarita too manyBetween backyard BBQ’s and the beach, summertime celebrations have even the best of us throwing back a few too many drinks at times. If you don’t want to catch yourself with your head in the toilet bowl this summer, make sure you eat a meal before you drink, and down a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. While water doesn’t exactly prevent tipsiness, it can help reduce the severity of that head-throbbing hangover you’ll feel the next day.
Mistake #6: Wearing the wrong bathing suitIf you’re not big on tan lines, avoid the strappy swimsuit and go with a simple two-piece bathing suit. For guys, lose the tank top or head indoors. Ok, so maybe this isn’t exactly a health mistake, but those embarrassing tan lines can last for weeks.
Are there any summer health mistakes we missed that you’d like to share? Feel free to post in the space below. Have a safe and happy summer!