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Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Summer

It’s July, which means summer is in full swing! We know you’ll want to be spending lots of time outdoors in the sunshine – swimming, having BBQ’s, or spending time in the garden. However, as fun as summer can be, it’s important that you remember to keep cool and hydrated, as well as take care of your skin.

Below are just a few tips to make sure you take care of your body and skin this summer:

  • Wear Sunscreen – This one is obvious, but we still have to mention it! Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s harmful rays can still damage your skin. On a regular daily basis, use a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher. When you’ll be spending all day outdoors, use an “active” sunscreen of 30 or higher and be sure to reapply every few hours.
  • Keep Hydrated – Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body could still become dehydrated. Hot weather makes it even more important to drink enough water than usual, as dehydration can pose serious health risks. If you’re spending time outdoors, make sure you always keep a water bottle with you to remind yourself to stay hydrated.
  • Know The Signs Of Heatstroke – Signs of heat stroke include hot, red, dry skin, lack of sweating, headache, dizziness, nausea and rapid heartbeat. Those over 65 years of age have a higher chance of experiencing heatstroke, so it’s important to stay vigilant. If you or someone you’re with begins exhibiting these symptoms, you need to seek immediate medical attention.
  • Review Your Prescription Medication – Certain medications can cause side effects that will make you more sensitive to UV rays. This means that you’ll burn more easily. Make sure you read of all the information provided with your prescriptions and take any extra precautions.

Here at Coastal Periodontics, we want you to have a happy and healthy summer! In addition to keeping your skin and body protected, it’s also important to receive your annual dental cleaning and exam. Many studies have linked proper oral hygiene with good overall health, so be sure you don’t neglect your daily dental routine!

For more information on keeping your gums and teeth healthy, please contact Coastal Periodontics, located in Portsmouth, NH!

Posted on Jun 23, 2016

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