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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 

good thing.

 

Avoid consequences of  overexposure to the sun like sunburns,

  • premature aging of the skin, 
  • wrinkling, 
  • and skin cancer,including melanoma by practicing proper sun  protection.


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 


Remember 


According to the CDC website,

just 15 minutes

of unprotected

 sun exposure 

can damage your skin.



The 7 steps to survive from the Greek sun (and get the best of a tan...)

Sunscreen

 

  • Use sunscreen with sun 

protective factor (SPF) 15+ 

and both UVA and UVB
protection.  · 

  • Sunscreen wears off. 

Put it on agaiif  you stay

  • out for more than two hours
  •  and after you swim 
  • or if you sweat.  · 


  • Check the sunscreen's 
expiration  date. 


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. 

Clothing 


·  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

colors. 


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. 

Hats 


·  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. 


tightly woven fabricsuch as canvas, works  best to protect your skin from UV rays. 


Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight 
through. 


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 



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

  ·  
Wear sunglasses that wrap around and 
block as close to 100% of both UVA 
and UVB rays as possible.  · 


Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. 

Most  sunglasses sold in Greece, in the pharmacies, or the optic shops, 
regardless of cost, meet this standard. 


If you buy sunglasses from Greece, take care of the E.E. stamp, that is the European safety guarantee for sunglasses.

Shade 


Seek shade, especially during midday

 hours.  ·


 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 . 

Mosquitoes 


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   

 

In case you forget, there's a code for beaches with international travelers,

on globe and in Greece!..

Enjoy


The Kiss -me -the -sun Fashion
for Greece 


Oh, really? There's a fashion trend for the Sun Protection must-dos in Greece


 Fortunately, there's help - just slip on pretty, protective sun gear and you're ready to go for another glorious day 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..

Scared, may be?

MEET THE FACE-KINI

the New balaclava fashion for  Sun Protection, 

TREND ALREADY in China only, thankfully. more



Oh, yes! A so trendy balaclava
for more fashion in the Sun-
kissed Greece

It's a trend !

Enjoy how celebrities cover up under the Greek sun


Caution on Heat waves days  

 


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!


 
best Sunny Days Diet

Start with Persian Watermelon Salad, how chic...!


  • Tomatoes and Watermelon

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 photodamageHowever 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.


  • sardines, of course! 

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!


  • Chocolate

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

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


  • enjoy your C vitamins

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 


  • plenty of green salad for vitamin D 


SOS! keep a Special  Must-Dos Day Menu during Heat Days 



Health problems such as heart disease (makes it more difficult for the body to circulate blood properly); diabetes (lessens sensation); dementia (may reduce awareness); or certain medications like diuretics or tranquilizers may all contribute to a senior’s vulnerability when the temperature soars. 

An elderly person, especially one with dementia, may have diminished sensations of being too hot. 

Here are some of the best ideas  to avoid summertime health woes:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink more and eat less. (One exception — if your loved one is on restricted fluids, check with his physician for summer guidelines.) 

  • Water is best and fruit and vegetable juices are acceptable alternatives. Drinks with caffeine and large amounts of sugar should be avoided as they can contribute to dehydration. (What’s summer without sweet iced-tea? Substitute decaffeinated tea and decrease the sugar.) Popsicles are easy to make and can be offered to those who balk at drinking large amounts of liquids. 

  • Serve light and nutritious meals. Raw fruits and vegetables with a high water content — peaches, cantaloupe, grapefruit, tomatoes, cucumbers and others —  are good choices. 

  • Avoid adding heat to the home by preparing meals that don’t require use of the oven. For more, click here


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 


  • for the day it's the sunscreen, 

  • for nights (and evenings) the mosquito repellants


  • You might need to use both, thoughduring days and nights. 


For more, visit the links on this paragraph

Greek CDC recommends the use of fans, ( you can find them in shops for around 20 Euros) even for travelers

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