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Celebrate National Sunglasses Day: 3 Simple Tips for Caregivers to Protect Themselves on Sunny Days

As a caregiver, it's essential to take care of your own health while attending to others.

1. Wear UV-Protective Sunglasses

  • Choose the Right Sunglasses: Ensure your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection. Look for labels that specify UVA and UVB protection.

  • Wraparound Styles: Consider wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight coming in from the sides.

  • Consistent Use: Wear your sunglasses whenever you’re outside during the day, even on cloudy days, as UV rays can penetrate through clouds.

2. Use Sunscreen and Protective Clothing

  • Apply Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on all exposed skin, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

  • Wear Protective Clothing: Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and long pants to shield your skin from the sun.

  • Seek Shade: Try to stay in the shade during peak sunlight hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

3. Stay Hydrated

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Carry a water bottle with you and drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Eat Hydrating Foods: Incorporate fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges, into your diet.

  • Avoid Dehydrating Beverages: Limit intake of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, which can increase dehydration.



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