A Summer Survival Guide
SPF, electrolytes, and solitude
Summer is my favorite season, even though it’s hot (and getting hotter, as the phrase goes, this is the coolest summer of the rest of our lives). Extreme heat is dangerous and deadly and having things like air conditioning and job that is done indoors are huge privileges. Summer, like winter, requires some requisite gear, which I’ve included on past gift guides. I don’t think it gets as much play there, because who is thinking about beach shoes in November (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere)? One thing you can do to make summer better for those around you is bring cold water to your local free fridge. It always gets taken quickly.
Without further ado, here are the things that help me make the most of summer.
SPF is first for a reason! Yes, I wear it all year round but if you’re wearing less clothing, you need more sunscreen. The best SPF is the one that you will use regularly and my favorites are this one for my face (it’s Korean and SPF filters are far more advanced in other countries than in the US), this one for touch ups on the shoulders while I’m out (I’ve purchased this and was gifted a replacement by the brand), and this one for body. Kids sunscreens usually are less irritating which I prefer. Reapplying is key, especially if you’re outside. I’m also leaning into protective clothing, especially for my shoulders and wearing baseball caps to protect my face a bit. Also, make sure you’re getting yearly skin checkups at the dermatologist. Healthcare should be free and convenient and I really wish it was. I switched to a new derm this year (thank you Delia for the rec) and love them. The skin check takes about 15 minutes and it could be live saving. If you’ve been putting it off, take this as a sign to schedule one if you can.
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