Now that U.S. heat records are falling left and right, it's important to pay extra attention to your skin this summer. After all, it's the only thing standing between you and the sun's hot, hot rays. That's why, at Dahn Yoga, we recommend including sunscreen, long-sleeved clothing and an umbrella in your warm-weather yoga meditation supplies.
Many people do their meditating indoors, which generally makes the sunblock and parasol unnecessary. But even there, a good, all-natural, cotton-based set of pants and a loose, long-sleeved shirt can help keep your skin cool.
Outdoors, though, you should take every measure to protect your skin from UV rays. The American Academy of Ophthalmology agrees, which is why it has sponsored July as National UV Safety Month.
Here are some tips from the organization for keeping your skin from burning:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. If you don't, your pain management techniques will be for nothing, since a bad sunburn can be excruciating.
- Keep long sleeves, a hat and an umbrella handy.
- If you have blue, green or gray eyes, consider wearing sunglasses to protect your retinas.
- Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.