This post contains a paid for advertorial in collaboration with the NHS. Summer Loving had me reaching for the sunscreen and craving ice-lollies! I’m sure we all felt the heatwave last week with temperatures reaching 35 degrees and when the weather is like this, it’s so important to look after our bodies. I’ve teamed up with the NHS to promote the hydration event which is taking place in Leeds city centre this Wednesday 31st July; and to discuss the 4 top tips on how to take care of ourselves during the summer months.
I’m sure we have all been there and it’s one of the worst experiences ever! When I was in Tenerife (a few years ago now), it was very overcast and I stupidly decided not to wear any sun-cream, as I genuinely thought I wouldn’t sunburn – boy did I pay for it afterwards! I burnt so badly and it was so painful that I vowed to never make that mistake again. Now I wear sun-cream every single day, even in the winter months. There are so many great options out there for sun-cream nowadays and so many bargain offers that you don’t really have an excuse not to have it at hand. Make sure you re-apply throughout the day, especially if you are going swimming or are exposed to water. A hat will always be your best friend during the summer months, not only will you look stylish (haha) but you’ll also be protected from the sun. If you do get a little sunburnt, I would highly recommend a great after-sun lotion. To be fair, I always use an after-sun lotion, even when I’m not sunburnt. My top tip – pop your after-sun in the fridge (you can thank me later). I can also recommend an SPF lip balm – Nivea is my personal favourite, so go ahead and stock up over the summer months and in time for the next heatwave.
This is one of the easiest ways to look after yourself this summer. Staying hydrated is so important and the NHS recommends 6-8 glass (or 2 litres) of water everyday. The last thing you want to do is dehydrate, that’s no fun for anyone. Signs of dehydration are – thirst, muscle cramps, dry mouth, impaired memory and concentration, constipation, fatigue and dizziness. I always carry a bottle of water around with me and many local businesses will re-fill your water for free. Take care of yourself during the heatwave this summer.
Keep Hay Fever At Bay
If you suffer with hay fever then here are a few tips that could really help you out this summer. NHS top tip is to put Vaseline round your nostrils and wear sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes and nose. I know it’s difficult but wherever possible, stay indoors, shower regularly and change your clothes to wash the pollen off. You can purchase treatments over the counter which include antihistamine tablets or liquids, steroid nasal sprays and sodium cromoglicate eye drops.
Protect Yourself From Insect Bites
Mosquitos love me and guaranteed, wherever I am in the world, I will get bitten. It’s not the best experience in the world, especially if you don’t have anything to protect your skin before and afterwards. Using an insect repellent will be your best friend when trying to keep insects at bay. Some suntan creams will have this already included which will be disclosed on the front packaging. Repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are the most effective. For more information on how to protect yourself this month on any of the areas mentioned above, head on over to the NHS website.
As mentioned above, there is an NHS Event taking place outside W H Smith on Lands Lane on Wednesday 31st July. The team will be sharing their top tips on how to take care of yourself during the heatwave. There will also be 2 hydration challenges where you can win a reusable water bottle just by taking part in one of the challenges.
Make sure you look after yourselves this summer, I know the current heatwave has upped and left but it might return to say hello and you’ll want to be ready. So, make sure you keep yourselves hydrated, where a hat when you can and don’t forget that sun-cream – it’s a lifesaver.