• SUM­MER TIPS: Love the sun, but be care­ful

Cebu Libre - - Front Page - By Cory Quirino, In­quirer Life­style colum­nist E-mail the au­thor at coryquirino1@ya­hoo.com.

SUNNY DAYS are per­fect weather for frol­ick­ing and ad­ven­ture. The vi­ta­min D ben­e­fits of 15 min­utes of early-morn­ing sun ex­po­sure (6:307:30 a.m.) is a plus.

The sun also lifts the mood by stim­u­lat­ing the brain to re­lease feel-good hor­mones.

Sta­tis­tics show that coun­tries which have more night than day have higher de­pres­sion and sui­cide rates.

The downside of sun ex­po­sure in­cludes:

• Skin dam­age —Pow­er­ful UVA/UVB rays can de­stroy col­la­gen, caus­ing wrin­kling of the skin and in­hibit skin elas­tic­ity.

• Skin cancer —Over­ex­po­sure to the sun on a daily ba­sis may lead to this deadly dis­ease.

Sun­bathing four to six hours daily for two weeks will cer­tainly dam­age your skin.

Be­ware of sun ex­po­sure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (most es­pe­cially 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest).

• No sun pro­tec­tion— Not us­ing sun­block is the surest way to de­velop skin prob­lems. UV pro­tec­tion from 30 SPF (sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor) to 75/90 is best.

You need to reap­ply sun­block ev­ery two hours or each time you swim and dry up us­ing a towel. Un­less, of course, your sun­block is wa­ter­proof.

Please read the in­gre­di­ents. Some su­per sun­block are loaded with chem­i­cals. Lav­ish­ing yourself with these could cause health prob­lems in the long run.

• Pig­men­ta­tion— If you think you’re not prone to freck- les, think again. Try sun­bathing un­pro­tected at noon. Within two days, freck­les will ap­pear.

• Hy­popig­men­ta­tion —Take a closer look at your arms and legs. If you see small white spots/dots, it means that you lack the melamine to give you an even tan. In­stead of dark spots, you get the white ones. To pre­vent this, avoid the sun or cover up with longsleeved shirts, hats, sun­glasses, tow­els, beach cov­ers that are not see-through.

• De­hy­dra­tion— Any ac­tivi- ty un­der the sun re­quires you to in­crease your body’s de­fense with two full glasses of pu­ri­fied wa­ter be­fore you step out of the house.

Also, in­crease your wa­ter in­take from eight to 10 glasses daily to 12-15, be­cause the sum­mer heat can de­hy­drate you faster than ex­pected.

• Sun­burn— When the red­ness on your shoul­der is ev­i­dent, pre­pare for the stingy pain of sun­burn to set in. REME­DIES: Vine­gar wash— Na­tive vine­gar mixed with cool wa­ter will re­lease the heat from your skin.

Recipe: Mix 5 tbsp of na­tive vine­gar (not the commercial-gro­cery va­ri­ety) with 2 cups of cool wa­ter. Ap­ply on the af­fected area two to three times daily.

Aloe Vera— Get one branch fresh from the plant, peel the skin, re­move the yel­low sticky gel. Ap­ply the trans­par­ent gel di­rectly on the skin. The re­sult is in­stantly sooth­ing.

Re­mem­ber that aloe vera is ex­cel­lent for mi­nor wounds and hem­or­rhoids, too. An aloe vera scalp mas­sage will like­wise re­move dan­druff, al­ler­gies and stim­u­late hair growth when ap­plied daily for one month.

Cu­cum­ber salve— Thinly sliced fresh, raw cu­cum­ber, when ap­plied to the sun­burn, will pro­vide a cool­ing ef­fect on the skin.

Cab­bage— Finely shred­ded green cab­bage can be ap­plied to dam­aged skin for 10-15 min­utes. If you wish to in­crease its cool­ing ef­fect, put the cab­bage in the ref for 20 min­utes be­fore ap­ply­ing.

COOL­ING TON­ICS:

Cu­cum­ber Cool— Mix one whole peeled and seeded cu­cum­ber in a juicer to­gether with a sprig of mint and one whole seeded and peeled green ap­ple. Add honey to sweeten. Op­tional: chill in ref for 15 min­utes.

Aloe Re­lief— In a juicer or blen­der, mix one branch of peeled and washed aloe vera with one singka­mas (turnip) and four chunks of fresh ripe pineap­ple.

Guya­bano/Soursop Aid —Peel and seed one medi­um­sized soursop, add a tbsp of vir­gin co­conut oil and a tsp co­conut syrup or co­conut su­gar. Mix in a blen­der.

Coco Re­vive— Drink the juice fresh from the nut. It acts like dex­trose to your body.

And if you’re on a diet, eat the fresh co­conut meat. It will fill you up quickly.

Skin De­fense: The best skin de­fense is vi­ta­min C. The higher the dosage of vi­ta­min C, the greater the sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor by the body. So take 1,0003,000 mg of vi­ta­min C daily.

“I am ra­di­ant as the sun!”

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