Ouch! Sun is burning here!
Armani's footsteps on the Greeek sand
Tan : Chocolat
But A Safe, Deep Chocolat , as obvious
Foto: July 2013, Mykonos
While summer means fun in
the sun, make sure you’re
not getting too much of a
Avoid consequences of overexposure to the sun like sunburns,
The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard
time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in Greece
UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in Greece, especially as long as the day gets longer , till the 21 of June . But all the summer period from May to late September are considered for sun exposure in Greece high risk .During the longest days of the . For Greece ,the UV rays are at most .
CDC recommends easy options for sun protection
According to the CDC website,
just 15 minutes
can damage your skin.
protective factor (SPF) 15+
and both UVA and UVB
Put it on again if you stay
Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years,
but its shelf life is surely shorter as it is usually been
exposed to high temperatures.
· Wear clothing to protect exposed skin. ·
Loose‐fitting long‐sleeved shirts
and long pants made from tightly woven fabric
offer the best protection from the sun's UV rays.
A wet T‐shirt offers much less UV protection
than a dry one.
Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter
If wearing this type of clothing isn't practical, at least
try to wear a Tshirt or a beach coverup.
Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
· Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the
face, head, ears, and neck. ·
For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your
face, ears, and the back of your neck.
A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays.
Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight
A darker hat may offer more UV protection. ·
If you wear a baseball
cap, you should also
protect your ears and
the back of your neck
by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.
They also protect the tender skin
around your eyes from sun exposure
Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection.
Seek shade, especially during midday
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter
before you need relief from the sun.
On most of the Greek beaches, on the islands or mainland, usually there is a taverna nearby. Enjoy your Beer or ouzo in the shade after the revitalizing experience of swimming in Greek waters, and avoid the damage of sunburning
UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer
in Greece especially as long as the day gets longer till the 21 of June, and the whole month after.
These are the longer days of the year, and in Greece, the hotest.
As so the whole summer period from May to late September is considered high risk for sun exposure in Greece .
Remember they are always around ...
Be aware around the pool. Contrary to the sea water which they don't like, (so you are not in high risk for bites next to the sea), mosquitoes love the pools!
Under the right circumstances Mosquitoes will hatch in swimming pools if the water is stagnant, However if the water is regularly run through filtration and chlorinated this should not be a problem
Oh, really? There's a fashion trend for the Sun Protection must-dos in Greece
Swim skirts allow great freedom in the water
but it's when you get out of the water that you need the most sun protection.
These versatile skirts in a fast-drying, drapy fabric also help make
the transition from beach to beachside taverna more fashion-forward.
2. The Balaclava!
You'll want to leave this off when you're racing to get through airport security just before you miss your once-weekly flight to that remote Greek island. But if you absolutely must protect your sensitive face from the sun, salt, and wind, there's nothing better than a balaclava..
Enjoy how celebrities cover up under the Greek sun
Eat your sunscreen? Oh, yes! The results of the study, due to be presented at the Royal Society of Medicine this week, claim that women who eat a diet rich in tomatoes have 33% more protection against ultraviolet (UV) exposure than those who don't eat the salad fruit, says professor Mark Birch-Machin, lead author of the study, in a statement.Go to more
Being next to the water, or on board, maximizes the chances of a sunburn in Greece in just a few seconds .On the contrary, if you have the patience and protect yourself with the smart Sun protection, you can enjoy moment- by moment in Greece a sun-kissed tan... of your dreams!
Start with Persian Watermelon Salad, how chic...!
Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene (especially when cooked). A study
using tomato paste found that those who consumed tomato paste on a
day-to-day basis had more protection against acute sunburn and
potentially longer-term effects of photodamage. However there are other fruits that have high amounts of lycopene in it. One of which is watermelon!
While there's no a specific study with watermelon preventing
sunburn, it is quite probable that it would have a similar sunburn
protection aspect because of its high lycopene content.
Also , vvery importantly, Omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent sunburns and that it might also reduce the risk of skin cancer. Where to find the omega-3 fatty accids in Greece? In every taverna , of course, on the cheap small fress fish dishes, called the "marida", usually fried, which contain the maximum of the Aegean straigth omega-3, maybe the best of quality in the world!
Dark chocolate not only helped volunteers not sunburn, but it also made their skin smoother, moister and overall nicer than the volunteers who didn’t get chocolate (poor souls). You will need to eat about 3 ounces of dark chocolate to mimic this study’s effect..
Green tea is considered a great shield of sunprotection, so we recommend the special Greek mountain green tea Find that wonder mountain tea, soldiers used to heal their wounds in Ancient Greece!,it;s antioxidant, antibacterial, and not only
So many other vitamins, such as C and E have been found to be helpful in preventing sunburn or cancer, so it would make sense that vitamin A and D could be helpful as well.Everywhere in Greece, you will find lemons, and fresh oranges which are considered of full nutritional value, and are in every corner of the country cheap
Remember! A fan for your room, on the islands, mainland Greece, or in the big Greek towns, will definitely be usefull for the hot days, but is also a safe way to ward off mosquitoes that may cary WNV, and even malaria on cerain endemic areas.
Greek CDC also reminds that
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