Do you enjoy meditating outdoors? Doing yoga in the sun? Perhaps you prefer to recharge your healing crystals by setting them (and yourself) in direct sunlight for a few hours, like they often say to in crystal healing articles. Well, if you do, consider employing a few techniques for protecting your skin.
That's because July is UV Safety Month, an observance sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This doesn't mean it's a time to avoid the sun entirely, but instead a month to be aware that skin and eye protection are essential, especially during the long, hot summer months.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has several suggestions for anyone who is implementing their personal growth plan outdoors:
- If you're yearning to meditate al fresco, consider doing so early in the morning or late in the evening. The HHS notes that UV rays are at their strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear sunscreen. The SPF should be at least 15. Reapply often.
- Put on loose, long-sleeved, organic-fiber outfits. These will help circulate air around your limbs and draw off sweat, keeping you cooler.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Try meditating in a shady place, like under a tree or beneath a soaring rock formation.