We love summer, but potential health hazards seem to be everywhere, from jellyfish stings to hyperactive armpits to fried, frizzy hair…here’s how to get through the bikini season unscathed.
Bloat – Being on your feet for long periods of time (standing in line at the amusement park, for example) can lead to swelling and bloat. If you can poke the swollen area with your finger and leave an imprint, chances are, you have something called pitting edema. The best treatment? “Get off your feet and elevate your lower extremities above your heart level (lie flat on your back with a few pillows under your feet).”
Fried hair – Between the sun’s harmful rays, the ocean air and chlorine, bad hair and summer go hand-in-hand. How can we protect our hair and still look pretty in the process? Rinse your hair as soon as you get out of the pool and look for products that have an SPF, such as leave-in conditioners, styling products and some hairsprays. Also avoid products that contain alcohol, as they will dry out your hair faster in the sun. To keep your hair protected, tie it back into a bun or low ponytail. Better yet, wear a hat to prevent wrinkles, too!
Heat rash – Heat rash is your body’s way of telling you to get out of the heat and into the AC. Better yet, strip down and take a cool bath with oatmeal derivatives and pop an antihistamine. A mild steroid cream (1 percent hydrocortisone) may also help alleviate the annoying symptoms.
Nasty pits – Keep mini-deodorants in your handbag and reapply as necessary. You can even cleanse the area with towelettes before you reapply. Too clunky for your classy clutch? Try putting a spare deodorant in your car or your desk drawer at work. You’ll be sundress ready in no time. GET THE REST AT SELF.