Staying Safe from the Sun

 

Ahhh! Spring break is finally right around the corner. That stretch from winter break until now always seems to drag and take the longest. But who cares now that we’re in the two-week count down! Assuming you plan on taking a trip to somewhere warm and tropical, there are probably many things on your mind that you MUST pack. Whether it be the new suit you just got, or the awesome Rayband sunglasses, it sure is important to be stylin’ and profilin’ this spring break. Not so fast. Before you zip up that suit case, make sure you have a couple important items in there: sun screen, lotion, and more sun screen.

Protecting your skin from the sun should be one of the things on the top of your priority list. Although you may want that glow from being “kissed by the sun”, it may not be worth the side effects. UV rays break down the different skin layers on our body, and if it reaches the inner layer, the dermis, it will do damage to your skin or as we know it, sun burn. Who wants to ruin a trip with friends or family due to irritated, red, and itchy skin- NO ONE. With that said, there are many different actions you can take in order to prevent this from happening:

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Essential Oils After Sun Spray

Spring Break is at an end, but that doesn’t mean that tan should be.  While on Spring break, my skin was kissed by the sun, a little more some days than others.  

I always made sure I was lathered up in my SPF, but the Punta Cana sun was a bit stronger than here in the U.S.  That is where this wonderful spray comes in handy.

What is in the after-sun spray you ask?  It’s made with simple, natural ingredients you probably have laying around the house.

  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Concoct oil
  • Essential oils

Why use these ingredients and what do they do?

Witch hazel: Freshness and smooths skin, decreases itching and reduces peeling of the skin

Aloe Vera gel: moisturizes skin, soothes skin, and reduces inflammation

Coconut oil: moisturizes skin

Lavender essential oil: soothes occasional skin irritations and rejuvenates skin

Peppermint essential oil: cooling
(Peppermint essential oil is a skin irritant, so while the cooling may feel wonderful, don’t overuse it.)

How to make it?

  • Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • No more than 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Mix well and pour into a spray bottle

You can store at room temperature, but it’s nice to keep your Essential oil after spray in the refrigerator, to keep it even cooler. After a day in the sun, or even a couple days after, spray on your skin.

I am not a doctor and this DIY product may not work for everyone, but I sure do love it.  Many friends and family have tried it and have fallen in love.  So heal your sunburn with Essential oil after spray.

I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

-Karlee Fowler

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Sun, Sand, & Safety – A guide for Spring Break Survival

Spring Break Safety PhotoBy: Kenzi Weidman

Who is excited for some sunshine, beaches, good beverages, and good company? I sure am. Spending a week with new people, new surroundings, and new experiences is exactly what Spring Break is about! But don’t forget one thing…. SAFETY! Here are some things to remember in order to survive Spring Break and come home in one piece!

On the road Make sure you buckle up! Wearing a seat belt can be uncomfortable if you’re in a car for a very long drive, but it’s better than what would happen to you if you get in an accident. Make sure you are also switching off drivers every couple of hours. The front seat passenger should also stay awake to keep the driver company and to also help with directions.

Booking your hotel room – Try choosing a room that is above the 1st floor but below the 6th. According to the article Fight Back on Spring Break, First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach. Take advantage of the safes the rooms might include. You never know what the cleaning person might take, or if someone does break in, your stuff is locked up.

Laying on the beach – Pack your sunscreen and use it! Many people like to tan before they head somewhere warm so they do not have to wear sunscreen. This is a no-no! Any tan or darkened skin pigmentation due to light–fake or real–is a sign of damaged skin. Don’t use “vacation” as an excuse to tan beforehand. You can avoid sunburn on vacation by applying the necessary amount of sunblock regularly.

When drinking – Do yourself and everyone around you a favor, and at least “try” to be responsible. Pace yourself and avoid hard liquor all day. Also, make sure you are drinking LOTS and LOTS of water.

Going out – Remember to party smart. If you go out with your friends, then go home with your friends. Take the phrase “no man–or woman–gets left behind” seriously. This means your friends shouldn’t leave you no matter what the situation is, and vice versa. Also, keep your drink in your hand and don’t accept open drinks from strangers. Moral of the story–don’t become a statistic.

So many bad things can happen if you “switch off” the good ole noggin as soon as spring break starts. Here are some statistics that will hopefully scare some sense int you:

  1. At least 1 college student dies every Spring Break from falling off of a balcony. 11 Great and Terrifying Facts About Spring Break
  2. In 2013, authorities confiscated over 20,000 fake ID’s and arrested over 2,000 people ages 15-21 in Panama City Beach and Daytona, FL.  Teens and Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix!
  3. If caught drinking underage, you can charged with a misdemeanor which means you MUST appear in court. Teens and Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix!

The moral of the story here is to have fun, but be safe! If you use your head and make some good decisions, your trip will be not only successful, but also an absolute blast!

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”
~Kenzi Weidman