Summer Safety

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With summer right around the corner, it is time to think about a few key things. Summer brings warmer weather, sun, and with that a few other less desirable aspects that need accommodations. Here at The Hart Center we want to make sure everyone is educated on how to protect yourself and make your summer fun and safe!

One of the first things we think of with summer is the sun that will be out. Sun exposure is good for the Vitamin D, but nobody enjoys getting a sunburn. There are some ways to up your resistance to burning so that you can still enjoy all the beautiful weather this year! Astaxanthin is a antioxidant that can be taken as a supplement. It has been shown to help with UVA protection. Not only does it help with reducing the negative effects of sun exposure, it also has the many benefits associated with other antioxidants as well.

Bugs are also enjoying this fabulous weather. Common bug-sprays contain DEET which is a known carcinogen, as well as many other harmful synthetics. There is no reason to expose yourself to these harmful toxins in order to repel insects. Making your own bug repellant may be the way to go here. You can control the smell and consistency of the finished product. Essential oils that are known to help with bug control include; citronella, cedar, lemongrass, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree. There is also Neem oil. This oil is commonly used for organic gardening to safely repel undesired insects. It can also be found in various insect repellants.

Since the weather is warming up, our bodies naturally try to compensate for this by sweating more. The increase in sweat may encourage you to wear anti-perspirants, but traditional anti-perspirant or deodorant contains many harmful chemicals such as toxic fragrances, aluminum, parabens, and propylene glycol. It is also important to keep in mind that sweating is not necessarily a bad thing. Sweat means that the body is pushing toxins out of the system. It also is a sign that you are burning up some calories!

If you are interested in avoiding some of the toxic products of the typical deodorant, there are plenty of options! The goal should be neutralizing any strong body odor, not on preventing your skin from sweating. There are many products available that are good at neutralizing any undesirable odors. Some of our favorites that resemble traditional deodorant include Lafe’s All Natural Deodorant Stick, and Le Stick. If you are on the more adventurous side, there are options as well. Salt stones are great for neutralizing odors and are applied by wetting the stone and then rubbing them on. If you desire a scent to accompany it use a few essential oils with water in a spray bottle to wet the salt stone. There are many brands of salt stones, and it possible to find Himalayan salt stones as well. If you are more crafty, then making your own deodorant is a good option as well. Recipes tend to include essential oils, coconut oil, and baking soda. Always remember to read ingredients when purchasing products!

Be well, and enjoy the summer weather!

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