Georgia is well known for the peaches, its gorgeous southern homes, and of course, the hot Georgia sun. It is practically impossible to go throughout the entire spring and summer season in Georgia without saying “I’m so ready for winter!” The sun is just brutal here and it’s so hard to stay out of it because it is so beautiful during the spring and summer months – you basically just have to do your best to protect your skin and protect your home and hope for the best when you are outside. If we lived somewhere where it was easy to stay inside, I wouldn’t worry about it, but Georgia has so many outdoor attractions and amazing places to explore and you do not want to limit yourself to the indoors. From mountains to climb to natural waterslides to slip down, there is an endless list of things that you need to check out in Georgia, just make sure you protect your skin while doing so!
During the spring and summer months, you can’t keep me indoors. In fact, just last week, I was at the beach at my parent’s house and ended up getting sunburnt, ugh. Avoid a painful sunburn like I did and heed my warning – protect yourself from the sun! Here are my best tips for protecting your skin and your home during these hot months that are coming up shortly:
When most people think of staying protected from the sun, they naturally think about protecting themselves, and while that is a huge part of it, there are other things you need to protect, but we will get to that in a minute.
According to Web MD, “Skin cancers — including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma — often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions — changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Learn to spot the early warning signs. Skin cancer can be cured if it’s found and treated early.” You guys heard me right — 40-50 percent of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 WILL (not could) develop at least one skin cancer. How crazy are those numbers? It is really scary to hear.
This is exactly why you need to be protecting yourself, no matter if you are fair skinned, or not. So, let’s jump into how to protect yourself:
Of course, there is the commonly known sunscreen protection. While this is a great first step, not everyone applies sunscreen correctly and you could think you are protecting yourself, when you are actually not. To properly apply sunscreen, you need to make sure you are wearing at very minimum 15+ SPF. This is important because any lower than that and you will not be getting full coverage. On top of that, you also need to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside, every two hours after your first application, and you need to re-apply (if less than 2 hours after) if you have been sweating, or if you have been in the water.
In addition to the application of sunscreen, you can also do other things to protect yourself from the sun. For starters, you can seek the shade. You can also wear a hat and wear UV-blocking clothes.
Protecting Your Home:
Did you know that UV rays are not only harmful to your skin but also the inside of your home? Pictures, furniture, walls, flooring, and custom window treatments can lose color and break down with too much sun exposure from UV rays. Luckily, there is a way to protect your home and prevent fading with 3M™ Window Films from UHS Window Tinting and Blinds. With these window films, you can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, reject solar heat, and also filter visible light. This ensures that you are protecting your furniture and you also get other benefits, as well such as lower energy costs, less glare, and enhanced safety and security.
UHS Window Tinting and Blinds have been servicing the Metro-Atlanta area, which includes cities such as Dunwoody, Woodstock, Buckhead, Vinings, Acworth, Marietta, Flowery Branch, and more since 2003. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and have many other accolades such as a five-star rating with Kudzu.com, Outstanding Business Growth from Panorama Film, and more. Co-Owners Matt Erbrick and Robin Staveley are dedicated to offering the highest-quality craftsmanship and they take all their jobs seriously. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds provides the greater Atlanta area with much-needed window tinting, security film, decorative film, and select blind treatment services, as well as installation.
Protecting Your Plants:
When it gets extremely hot outside, you need to make sure your plants are covered, too, or they will die. Give them the proper amount of water and if they cannot handle sun, make sure you can bring them inside, if possible. Depending on the plant you have, do your research and make sure you know what the proper care techniques are for that plant.
Protecting Your Animals:
Agriculture Victoria says, “Extreme heat causes significant stress for all animals.” Just because you think it is natural for an animal to be outside in the heat (or cold, for that matter) doesn’t mean that they can or should be – please do some research on the matter. If you do leave your animals outside in the heat, you need to ensure that they are properly taken care of. They need a consistent supply of water to make sure they are properly hydrated, shelter from the sun (this could be shaded trees, dog houses, barns, etc)., and a backup plan in case the heat gets too much for them. There are so many people in my neighborhood that leave their pets outside, no matter what the temperature it is. I seriously cannot imagine doing this to my dogs! Even if you are just hiking with your dogs, please make sure you are taking care of them when they are outside.