5 Easy Tips to Stay Cool and Safe in the Sun! #summer

Stay safe this summer!

Here are some easy tips to stay cool and safe in the sun this summer, inspired by Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” in theaters Aug 15th

  • Always wear a hat when out in the sun – it lowers your chance of sunstroke and prevents you from getting a painful sunburn on your scalp!
  • Stay hydrated – make sure you’re getting enough water!
  • Stay in the shade – while working on your tan may sound fun, it’s a quick way to overheat and get sunburned. Opt to sit in the shade when lounging at the beach or park.
  • Wear breathable fabrics – as the weather gets warmer, it’s important to let your skin breathe in order to stay as cool as possible. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk are best for beating the heat. Stay away from synthetics like polyester and nylon.
  • Use sunscreen – it’s absolutely imperative to use sunscreen during the warmer months, and not only when you go to the beach! Make sure to apply sunscreen to your face and exposed skin every morning before you leave so you don’t get sunburned.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

In theaters August 15th, 2012! Don’t miss it!

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51 responses to “5 Easy Tips to Stay Cool and Safe in the Sun! #summer”

  1. Dandi D — August 1, 2012 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Good to know. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Rachel N — August 1, 2012 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    Now that I have 2 little kids I have to remember these tips for 3 people:)

  3. Elva Roberts — August 1, 2012 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    August 1-Always wear a hat in the summer. –For years I did not do this .Now I would not go outside in the heat for more than a minute or so without a hat. It does make a great deal of difference and can mean the difference between comfort and feeling ill or worse.-el03ro

  4. Elva Roberts — August 2, 2012 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    Auguar 2-: Stay hydrated-make sure you’;re geting enough water.”-I probably spend more time tending to my flowers than anything else in the summer. I wear a hat and sunscreen and notice that when I come in, after about a half hour or hour, I will perspire for another hour. I know that I have to replace this water in my body so I drink several glasses of water over the next few hours. Otherwise, I will feel ill. I don’t know if I was always this careful to get hydrated in the early years but I certainly realize it now. Thank you for reminding us of this fact -our bodies need water.-el03ro

  5. Jenessa T — August 8, 2012 @ 8:12 am (#)

    Thanks for the reminder tips. I always seem to forget to stay protected.

  6. Krista Marchetti — August 9, 2012 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    thanks for the good tips

  7. brooke t — August 11, 2012 @ 3:16 am (#)

    Thanks Angela for the reminders~ it has been crazy hot out

  8. Martha — August 14, 2012 @ 11:41 am (#)

    great reminders of sun safety. thanks! and btw, love your blog… not only great content, but awesome photos and a super stylish and amazing layout 🙂

  9. Kathleen B. — August 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Always good to be reminded of these things.

  10. Geri Fink — August 14, 2012 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    Very important to remember! Check!

  11. Ester G — August 19, 2012 @ 7:44 am (#)

    Great tips for parents and even us “big kids” spending time in the sun 🙂 Thanks!

  12. Jessie T-B — August 22, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips. It’s been a hot summer!

  13. amy v — August 26, 2012 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    great tips!! i didn’t realize that silk is a breathable fabric- i never thought of that before but it’s good to know so thx for the info!

  14. Doreen Musson — August 30, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    I thank you for the tips – I tried to remember them all this past summer!

  15. Angela — October 16, 2012 @ 11:40 pm (#)

    All very obvious! Also… SWIM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!! This saved me this hot summer we had this year in Newfoundland!

  16. Sarah — December 14, 2012 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    Excellent tips- it’s easy to forget in the fun of it all but super important. I only wish I had a less toxic substitute for sunscreen. 🙂

  17. Keara B. — December 14, 2012 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips. Honestly, I never really thought about the fabrics I wear when I’m out in the sun- it makes sense to avoid synthetics. I’ll be doing that from now on!

  18. Janet W. — January 31, 2013 @ 2:39 am (#)

    Sunscreen truly helps and is so important. I can tell a difference with my skin when I have it on or I don’t. You can literally feel your skin just sizzling if you don’t have any on. Great tips!

  19. Kaitlin M — February 18, 2013 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Those are really good tips. It’s easy to forget how important this stuff is.

  20. 5lita5 — March 9, 2013 @ 5:47 am (#)

    Printing these up and posting them BY THE DOOR!!! Because as Kaitlin M. said its really easy to forget… especially when you’re just eager to get outside once the weather gets warmer.

  21. Michelle Chow — March 29, 2013 @ 4:10 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. These are all great reminders. I am prone to sunstroke and did not know wearing a hat will help. Also a good reminder is keeping in the shade as you mention but often is not thought about. Informative post. Thank you One Smiley Monkey.

  22. Erika B — May 27, 2013 @ 8:02 am (#)

    We do all those tips every time w e go outside, but when my son goes out by himself in our back yard, he doesn’t drink enough water, so I try to offer him a Popsicle or juice. Takes everything I have to get him to drink water!

  23. Anne Taylor — June 29, 2013 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! My daughters are all biracial and insist that they can’t burn; but in fact they can. It was always a fight to get them to wear sunscreen, but, I always won out in the end!

  24. Vesper — July 22, 2013 @ 8:39 am (#)

    Plenty of water, a hat when I am outside and all my clothes made from cotton, it’s about the only things that are keeping me from overheating in this heat we seem to be having at the moment

  25. Jason — September 4, 2013 @ 7:30 pm (#)

    Good tips.

  26. Jordi — October 27, 2013 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Great tips, sometimes people need these helpful reminders!

  27. Elva Roberts — February 27, 2014 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Always wear a hat in the sun. I think this tip is especially necessary for the very young and the older person. Now that I am a senior, I know I cannot stand the heat as well as when I was a teenager. This is very important for babies and young children and anyone who is very fair-skinned.Thank you for this timely tip. (Summer has to come sometime!)

  28. Darlene W — June 1, 2014 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    Keeping cool and hydrated is so important, for children their bodies are smaller and they dehydrate faster

  29. jessica — June 3, 2014 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    always good to know info!!

  30. Darlene W — June 23, 2014 @ 10:41 am (#)

    Hats, sunscreen and lots of water will help to keep you cool in the summer

  31. DARLENE W — July 26, 2014 @ 4:40 pm (#)

    Stay hydrated, wear a hat and stay in the shade whenever possible

  32. Elaine Buonsante — August 26, 2014 @ 11:17 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips to stay cool…I don’t tolerate the heat very well so I need all the help I can get!

  33. darlene w — September 1, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Personally I hate being outside in the heat and sunshine but when I do I have an umbrella that I use for sun protection

  34. Anna+W — October 9, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    I need to print this and put it by my front door, I always am forgetting a hat and sunscreen.

  35. kathy+downey — October 17, 2014 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    Thanks for the wonderful tips

  36. kathy downey — January 8, 2015 @ 4:14 am (#)

    Oh how I miss you summer

  37. kathy downey — January 17, 2015 @ 7:36 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips

  38. kathy downey — April 1, 2015 @ 9:44 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips

  39. kathy downey — April 10, 2015 @ 7:28 am (#)

    If it ever stops snowing here I will be happy to use these tips

  40. kathy downey — May 9, 2015 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    Now that the weather is warming up and we are getting outside more these are great tips to remember

  41. kathy downey — November 3, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I tried to remember them all…omg winter is on the way

  42. Elizabeth Matthiesen — January 22, 2016 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    All good tips that everyone needs to pay attention to, thanks for sharing 🙂

  43. kathy downey — March 3, 2016 @ 10:03 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing all the great tips,i will be happy when summer arrives

  44. Debbie White Beattie — August 9, 2016 @ 12:03 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips. I always use sunscreen but I forgot about a hat and I’ve got in my closet. thanks

  45. DARLENE W — September 18, 2016 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    I’ve never swam with socks on my feet before

  46. Debbie White Beattie — September 3, 2017 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    You’ve got great tips and advice and a strong SPF is definitely key for summer and hot weather but unfortunately summer is over and I’m so bummed

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