Taking Care Of Those Little Emergencies

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When the pressure is on, and we have to take action, most of us struggle to see clearly. It’s especially difficult when it comes to medical emergencies. And, the struggle just gets harder when it’s the kid’s that need help. Of course, the best way to avoid stress and panic is planning; if you know how to handle a situation, you can focus on it. To help you with your planning, the post will go through the best ways to be prepared.

 

  • Minor Vs. Major

 

In the post, major and minor emergencies will be referred to. A major emergency is an emergency with potentially dire consequences. For example, getting hit by a car would be considered major. Whereas a minor emergency is an emergency with consequences, but they’re much less serious. Chipping a tooth, for example.

 

  • Major Emergencies

 

For any emergency that you consider major, your very first reaction should be to call an ambulance. Once you’ve done that, you should get your child into a safe position, moving them as little as possible. These emergencies will be the most difficult to deal with. So, planning for them is very important. If you live in a household with multiple adults or older children, you can assign roles to each member. In an emergency, everyone can adopt those roles. This will avoid a mad panic and people trying to do the same task. It will also help you distract younger family members from the situation so that they don’t panic.

 

  • Minor Emergencies

 

In a minor emergency, you will have to make some decisions. The people who you call for help will differ depending on the actual emergency. Below, you’ll find some different examples of minor emergencies, and who you should call if they occur.

 

Sudden vomiting or diarrhea should be taken very seriously, especially in young children. It can be the sign of a minor illness, or something more serious. Usually, it’s the former, thankfully. But, your child should still get some help. Most doctor’s surgeries will open on weekends and throughout nights so that you can have your child see a doctor. If you don’t have this facility, your local hospital is another place to try. Most hospitals will have an A&E section, for emergencies like this.

 

A chipped tooth can cause enormous amounts of discomfort and pain. And, of course, children’s softer teeth are more liable to get damaged. Unfortunately, most dental practices have difficulty opening hours. This can make it very difficult to find help, even when you really need it. To find local dentists with varied opening hours, you can use sites like http://dentist.24hourly.com.

 

Most medical professionals will make extra time in emergencies, especially for children. So, if you’re prepared in these situations, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting help. Hopefully, this post will help you to avoid tricky situations, when it comes to your kid’s health. The most important part of planning is research. Use the Internet to help you find the closest and best options, and then save the numbers somewhere that you can find them in a jam.

Introducing Health Informatics for Kids – Wearables You Should Know About

Within the past several years, wearables have become all the rage for adults seeking more control over their health care and those who are fitness buffs looking for a way to track their progress. However, many of these very same people are parents and what they probably haven’t come to realize just yet is that there are wearables for kids too! Introducing health informatics for kids.

What’s All the Excitement over Health Informatics and Wearables?

If you look at why healthcare providers around the country are so enthused about wearables for adults, you will understand what all the excitement is at major schools like the University of Illinois that offers a masters degree in computer science health care. That is to say, health care informatics. By using technology as a means to follow patients at home, this information can be transmitted to their provider who will collect, analyze and store the data that has been transmitted. If there are any red flags the patient will be called in to be seen. Now then, just think what this means for use in children with any number of childhood diseases and conditions?

Why Health Informatics for Kids Is an Important Industry

Take, for example, juvenile diabetes. Parents always fear that their child, when not at home and under close supervision, could go into insulin shock if not watched closely. Is the teacher at school really paying attention to what that primary student is eating or drinking? Does the babysitter administer insulin in time and at the right dosages? With wearables such as DIDGET, a gadget that monitors blood glucose, parents can be assured that if levels reach warning zones, an alarm will be sounded.

Kids earn reward points for testing their levels and to date, DIDGET is getting amazing reviews. As the combined efforts of Bayer (best known as the aspirin / pharmaceutical giant) and Nintendo, kids can either use points earned to receive new gifts or new levels on games they are playing. DIDGET is every parent’s dream when their child has diabetes and they can’t be with them at all hours of the day.

Obesity in Children on the Rise

Childhood obesity is a very real concern and since there are so many overweight children, with activity trackers and wearables that encourage them to exercise more, it is hoped that some of the problem can be alleviated. Two wearables of note are I Heart Jellyfish           and Power Key by IBitz that help track a child’s activity. The first is triggered by the child’s heart rate and the second uses vitals to encourage kids to walk, run and play more. The wearable does track vital signs to show how much activity a child is engaged it but also presents the child (and the entire family!) the opportunity to play games more – games that are part of the system.

While health informatics made possible by wearables is all the rage in adults, it is a growing market for parents of school age children. Some devices can even be used on much younger kids but the bottom line is that technology is increasingly able to warn of danger zones so as to prevent catastrophic episodes in children. Imagine the potential to eliminate SIDS by using a wearable that sounds an alarm the moment a child’s respirations slow or cease? There isn’t just one wearable you should know about but many, many if you are a parent. Thankfully experts like those produced by UIC in the masters program are helping keep our kids safe with health informatics. Kudos to the pros!

How Do You Help A Loved One Who Gets Seriously Ill?

No family is without its troubles. What makes a great family is the ability to help one another through those troubles. One of the hardest to face is serious illness. If someone becomes chronically ill, their whole life changes. Especially if they are becoming less able than they once were. As a loved one, however, there is a lot you can do to help. It takes a lot of courage to step up, but you’re not alone. Here are some ways you can get help.

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Broaching the topic

Even addressing a chronic illness can be hard for the one suffering from it. They may feel embarrassed, ashamed or angry. That they tell you is a big step. You can then help them broach the topic with others. Make sure that you’re not defying their wishes and discuss who they would like to know. Help them be aware that if members of the family know, they may be able to offer more help.

Fight for their entitlements

The shame some people feel from getting seriously ill can make it hard to see the steps they have to take to look after themselves. But those steps aren’t always easy. For instance, things like social security disability can involve long waiting periods and hard appeals. Help them understand that the process isn’t always going to work in their favor. And how help from people like a social security attorney can be essential.

Adapting their environment

A lot of illnesses can bring with them widespread changes the mobility and physical ability of a person. These changes have to be addressed, especially if your loved one wants to continue living as independently as possible. To that end, changes in the home might have to be made. These changes can be expensive, but it’s worth noting that there exist grants for home modification that your loved one could be eligible for. Otherwise, you may have to consider broaching the topic of having to move home.

Finding them the help they need

Your loved one may have trouble with a lot of day-to-day tasks. Using the bed or the bathroom, cooking, cleaning their home. You and your family should be willing to offer assistance as they may be too embarrassed to ask first. If you are unable to handle all the responsibility yourself, ask if they would like you to help them find a caregiver.

Be there for them

There’s a lot of practical advice you can use to help your loved one. But it’s important to realize they may need help with more than the practical side of things. Chronic illness can be a hard thing to even talk about, but there guides to help you know what to say. Emotional support and listening are vital. Don’t take any steps without talking about them first and don’t push constantly even if you’re trying to help. Being present and willing to help is most important of all.

Being there for your loved one is the most valuable thing you can offer. Ask them what they need and see if any of the advice above can help you fulfill it.

 

Oh No, It’s Flu Season Again! Ways To Prevent Winter Illnesses

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Winter is arguably the unhealthiest time of the year. You’ve probably already found yourself with a sore throat and sniffling at times, no matter how hard you try to stay away from anyone clutching a tissue and who has a suspiciously red nose. The only thing that’s worse than waking up to dark skies and hammering rain is waking up to dark skies and hammering rain with a horrible headache and the beginnings of winter flu. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy this winter.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

If you’re sleep deprived, you’re much more prone to infection, whereas if you get your solid seven hours of sleep every night then you’ll find that you heal a lot more quickly if you’re sick. It’s easier to stay asleep in the mornings when the sun rises later, so make the most of it and try to ensure that you hibernate over the winter like a grizzly bear. It will also improve your mood considerably.

Wash Your Hands

Keep washing your hands every time you get home from somewhere, and when you get to work, especially if you travel there on public transport. Make sure that you use hot water and plenty of soap and that you scrub your fingernails carefully. You should also make sure that you don’t touch your face without washing them. You should also wipe off your phone with antibacterial wipes every so often – you tend to touch that with dirty hands while you’re out and then wash your hands without thinking about your phone! Also, stop using it in public bathroom stalls. (You’re either aghast at the idea of doing that at all, or aghast at the idea of stopping!)

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Take A Vitamin C Supplement

Even if you don’t enjoy taking pills, supplements are great to keep your health in tiptop shape over the coming months. Vitamin C will help you stave off colds, while Vitamin D will help to make up for the lack of sunlight you experience over the winter. You could also make taking echinacea part of your daily routine as it helps to boost your immune system. Zinc is also a great supplement that will boss your immune system and fight off colds. If you want to know more about how to stay healthy, read more here.

Stay Off Work When You’re Sick

If you get sick pay, try to stay at home when you’re sick. There may be people with compromised immune systems around you at your office or on public transport, and what you think of as a mild stomach virus or slight flu could affect them very badly. If you stay off, keep yourself warm, drink plenty of fluids, and get some extra sleep, then you’ll heal faster and manage to get back to work more quickly. Remember that it isn’t a badge of honor to struggle into your office if you feel awful!

Slow Down: Simple, Mindful Ways To Reclaim Your Life

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Through all the hustle and stress of modern day living, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. It’s a common occurrence and something that happens gradually. It begins with something simple like a new job. At first, it’s exciting and a new challenge. Your employers are busy, which you see as a good sign. To make a good impression you work a little overtime. Nothing significant at first, just working through lunch and staying a little later. But that soon becomes the norm, and you’re lucky if you ever leave on time. And then there are the kids. They have busy social lives and need rides to see friends and attend classes. The house needs to be cleaned, and meals need to be cooked. When did it all become so busy?

It’s often when things go awry that you realize how much of a treadmill life has become. It might be through illness or stress, for example. But it’s good to be aware of these things before they become a problem. If you feel as though you don’t have enough time to think, then it’s time to take action. There are simple things you can do to slow down, take stock and reclaim your life.

 

Figure Out What’s Not Working

Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and think carefully about what’s not working. Is it your job, home life, both? Or is something completely different? Why is it no longer working for you? What do you need to change to feel happier? This is the first step to turning things around. If your job is the issue and you’re sick of staying late, then speak to your boss. Be absolutely clear on what you’re prepared to do and establish boundaries. If you agree to work late once or twice a week, make sure you leave on time for the rest of the week. If you work late, set down exactly what time you will be leaving. It may seem difficult at first, but you’ll get used to saying no.
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Ditch The Tech

I’m only joking. You don’t need to get rid of your technology. Not fully anyway. But be aware of how much you use it and rely on it. Is it serving you well? Do you tend to communicate with friends only via Facebook or text? If so, it’s time to schedule some time to meet up. Talk in the flesh rather than from behind a screen.

Discover letter writing again. Forget about 140-character tweets, let your creative juices flow and get in touch with old friends and family. Even if it’s just a quick thank you card it will be appreciated. Enjoy the feel of a beautiful fountain pen on fine stationery. Tapping on a screen just can’t compete.

 

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been around for centuries. Significant research has been carried out in the last few years. Results indicate that being more mindful improves happiness, reduces stress and makes us healthier. It’s not just about meditating. It’s about being present in the moment. For example, if you go for a walk, don’t spend it texting your friends and taking photos. Take time to appreciate your surroundings. Think about what you can see, smell, touch, etc.

Do What You Love

The best way to reclaim your life is to do what you love. Find out what makes you happy and do lots of it. You can’t change or control everything. But you can decide to put your health and happiness first. And this will make the rest more bearable.

What Would Life Be Like without Nurses – Or Would There Be Life at All?

From the moment you are born you are placed into the hands of a nurse and from there on out, whenever you are ill or need treatment at a doctor’s office, it is a nurse who administers the care prescribed by the physician. Did you ever stop to think of what life would be like if there were no nurses? What would ever happen if this profession just ceased to exist? If you’ve ever stopped to wonder just what it is that nurses do, here are just a few of their duties and as more and more of them are seeking a doctorate in nursing practice, even more duties will be added to the list.

A Summary of the Most Basic Duties of a Nurse

No matter what kind of healthcare facility you step into, be it a hospital or a doctor’s office, it is the nurse who takes your vitals, performs the initial exam and takes your health history. From there you see the doctor who perhaps prescribes some form of injectable medication which the nurse proceeds to administer. In a hospital setting the nurse also hands out oral medicines and continues to monitor your vital signs. An RN will oversee others responsible for your care such as nursing assistants and LPNs. Nurses often make immediate decisions on intervention in the absence of a doctor and nurses also advocate for any changes necessary to improve patient care. But that’s just the very tip of the iceberg.

An Overwhelmed Healthcare System

In that most hospitals and a great number of doctors’ offices are understaffed and overworked, it is typically a nurse who steps up to the plate to be where doctors can’t be. More and more of these nurses are recognizing the need for some kind of healthcare reform and so are going on to study for a DNP online such as you can see here. With a doctor of nursing practice degree a nurse can move on to administration where real changes are effected. It is here that doctors rely on nurses to provide them with an accurate assessment of what is happening on the floor and what needs to be done to improve patient care.

Follow-up and Aftercare

There are times when a patient needs to be seen or contacted after a surgery or other procedure and it is often the nurse who makes the call. Nurses follow up after surgery and will often be the voice on the other end if you have need to call the office with any question regarding your care. Nurses remove bandages and change them as needed, often remove minor sutures and nurses examine wounds to see if further treatment is required. At this point a doctor is called in, but usually not before.

Can you imagine a world without nurses? What would life be like and in many cases, would there be life? A doctor can only do so much so without the support and assistance of nurses, patients simply wouldn’t get the care they need. It’s a noble profession and altogether too often one that is taken for granted. The next time you see a nurse, offer a word of thanks for all the do. Without them, where would you be?

Incredible Ways Body Issues Impact The Mind

You might think that if there’s an issue with your body, it’s just physical. But there is a weird and mysterious connection between the body and the mind. Issues that impact the body often cause the mind to react in a certain way. On the other side of the board, mental health issues do tend to affect our physical well being. Let’s look at some of the examples where this is true and why this is important.

Low Confidence

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One of the main impacts a physical issue can have on the mind is on our confidence levels. People who are overweight, unfit or do not match the traits of social beauty tend to have lower levels of confidence. Due to this, they may not interact as much with other people in society. They may also attempt to shy away from the world and avoid contact with other people. Many people with low levels of confidence will find that their careers and their personal achievements are affected. They do not have right mindset anymore to get where they want to be in life.

 

Confidence can be diminished for a wide number of reasons. You might hate your smile. If you hate your smile because there’s a problem with your teeth, you will smile less. Unhappy people are deemed to be less attractive and this will lead people to avoid them more. That’s why if you do have an issue like this, you should get it fixed by a professional dentist. They can help you ensure that you always have the confidence to smile

In the case of body issues, something like fat shaming should never be accepted. But unfortunately, it does happen. You just have to remember that everyone is beautiful and only work to improve things about yourself that bother you.

 

High Levels Of Stress

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Stress and the body is a relationship that runs in the opposite direction. People who are under high levels of stress may see an impact on their body. People who are stressed can get bloated, lose their hair or even develop pasty skin. It has even caused intense migraines and heart failures. This should show you just how serious the issue of stress can be for your physical health.

 

To avoid this, you need to keep your levels of stress under control. Make sure that you are practising calming exercises such as regulatory breathing. To regulate your breathing, breathe in, count to ten and breathe out. This will increase the levels of oxygen to your brain and help you think more clearly.

 

Phantom Pain

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Finally, Phantom pain is a unique case but one that demonstrates the weird connection between the mind and body brilliantly. Phantom pain occurs after a limb has been removed. The patient may feel pain as though the limb is still there and that’s not even the interesting part. It can be cured typically with a mirror box, allowing the patient to see the phantom limb. Once they can seel it, they are able to release it, and the pain disappears. There is no physical cause, but the pain can be diminished by a physical act.

How Shared Meals Are Impacting How People Enjoy Food

Sharing meals is something people have enjoyed for generations. Neighbors, colleagues, and classmates are just some examples of groups that gather around freshly prepared food to enjoy it together. However, now the meal-sharing concept has gone to a new level and it’s impacting the way local people and visitors alike get together over good food and enjoy unique bonding experiences.

A Way to Help Travelers Eat Healthily

When people are away from home, they often feel excited about trying the local cuisine. However, doing so can often be overwhelming and costly, especially if they don’t have an easy-going resident willing to offer suggestions about dishes to try.

Fortunately, meal-sharing apps fill the gap between visitors and locals by connecting them for the purpose of enjoying food together. Feastly and EatWith are two such apps, and they allow people the privilege of eating home-cooked meals with host families, either alone, or with other travelers.

It’s easy to see why these unconventional dining options help people eat well when they’re in foreign places. There’s often a lot of trial and error that occurs if people try the local cuisine without help. Some of them may feel so burdened by the task that they ultimately get meals from the nearest fast food chain, especially if things are even more challenging because the menu’s in a different language.

Meal Sharing Apps Make It Easy to Eat Well

There are many cases where people would love to dine with locals when they’re traveling, but feel the logistics involved in doing so are too tricky. Perhaps that was the case in the past, but the apps like those mentioned above have become so popular, they remove all the guesswork and doubt. If interested, all you have to do is choose the kind of cuisine you want, then get ready to enjoy a delicious meal.

Enjoy a Memorable Experience

Although specifics vary depending on the type of meal experience you choose, the dining generally occurs in the home of the person who cooked your food. You might enjoy great views, lively conversations, or even company from your host’s pet while devouring the meal. All these characteristics combine to result in an experience that you almost certainly wouldn’t get elsewhere, even by choosing the most exclusive restaurant in the city.

Sharing Meals for Worthy Causes

There’s also another reason people eat meals in communal settings, and that’s to support good causes. You can find charity dinners in almost every major city throughout the United States. If you’re someone who has a generous heart by nature and are a self-confessed foodie, these events are a great way to combine two of your most cherished characteristics.

Besides allowing you to enjoy delicious meals that are cooked for a good cause, they also make it easy to support causes that have personal significance. For example, maybe your mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year and you want to go to a charity dinner where the proceeds support ongoing research for that disease.

These dinners also tend to provide excellent networking opportunities. You’ll usually get the chance to meet like-minded people and possibly make connections that benefit you for the rest of your life.
Personally Contributing to the Meal Sharing Trend

Although charity dinners are certainly not a new type of event, the type of meal sharing discussed earlier is representative of a fresh way for people to dig into carefully prepared meals. If you’d like to participate by making meals to share with individuals who may become some of your closest friends, it’s a good idea to create a menu that includes some of your tried-and-true favorites, plus items you’ve begun cooking more recently.

If you need inspiration for some new things to cook, look no further than the HamptonCreek Facebook page. Browse through the tasty, easy-to-make recipes and feel ready to invite your next guests’ to dinner.

Although people have enjoyed meals together throughout the ages, we’ve just looked in detail at some of the ways people can feast on food to treat themselves to wholly new experiences while they travel (or even just get better acquainted with local things to eat in their towns), or dine well for charitable causes. Consider doing one or both of these things to delight your taste buds.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy

All parents want to support their children’s health, but you can easily overlook the little routines that lead to healthy minds and bodies. If you find that your days seem to spin away in a chaotic whirl of homework, carpools, and cartoons, you might be missing out on some of the following five easy ways that you can keep your kids healthy.

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Engaging in active outdoor play offers several benefits compared to sitting at home with a tablet or television. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least one hour of physical activity every day for children and adolescents.

While spending time outside, children will soak up beneficial vitamin D, stretch their muscles, and enjoy the fresh air. Get your kids involved in the garden, and your outdoor time can foster a healthy interest in fresh produce and teach them about nature. Playing sports also encourages teamwork and dedication.

Take a Soak

Make bath time extra beneficial by tossing a handful of Epsom salts into the water. This addition can help address magnesium deficiencies, soothe skin conditions, and improve allergies or asthma. Soaking in warm water with Epsom salts added will soothe sore muscles, reduce the effects of adrenaline, calm anxiety, and help promote a good night’s sleep.

Clean Up Your Indoor Air Quality

Although you’re probably mindful about cleaning up dust from flat surfaces and dirt from your carpets, you may not be as diligent about keeping these same hazards out of the air.

While dirty air is more difficult to see, you can easily feel dirty air. If you have poor indoor air quality in your home, you may experience headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems. You can keep your family healthier by addressing your home’s indoor air quality. Change the filter in your HVAC system once a month, schedule annual HVAC system maintenance visits, and install a whole-house air purifier to keep your indoor air fresh and breathable.

Incorporate a Smart Sleep Schedule

Sleep is crucial for young bodies. Tired kids are listless and moody. Incorporate a regular bedtime routine to help everyone wind down so that they’re ready for sleep at the appointed hour. This routine may include a bath, story, or back rub. Shut off electronics at least one hour before bed to create a less stimulating environment.

Dine as a Family

Family dinners will improve your child’s health physically, socially, and emotionally. Research has shown that children have lower rates of obesity when they regularly enjoy family dinners. Eating together gives you the chance to expose your children to new foods and encourage good eating habits. People tend to eat less when they’re engaged in a family meal around the table than when they’re munching mindlessly in front of the television. You’ll also enjoy a great chance to bond with your kids when you eat together.

The smart strategies above are easy ones to bring into your household. You don’t need to invest in new gadgets or download the latest app to improve your family’s health. Make these quick fixes for improved wellness now.

Benefits of using Sunblock Everyday

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It’s hot in the Philippines. Solar panel prices have gone down because everybody wants to be able to make better use of that heat and light. However, just because the people here are used to this kind of heat every day, doesn’t mean they don’t need sunblock. Sunblock isn’t just for trips to the beach; they’re supposed to be on your face every single day.

Why should you use sunblock?

The sun’s rays are a good source of Vitamin D, but too much is harmful to the skin. Some of the bad effects of too much sun exposure are sunburn, premature skin aging, skin damage and cancer. Sunblock protects your skin from being damaged by the harmful rays of the sun.

What does the sun do to the skin?

When you’re in the sun, there are chemicals in your skin that act as the first line of defense against the UV rays. They’re called melanin. This melanin is what absorbs the sunlight. The absorption of sunlight is what gives the skin a tan. When you’re overexposed to the sun and your melanin can’t protect you anymore, you get a sunburn. If you’re prone to repeated and extended exposure to the sun can cause fine lines and wrinkles, discolorations of the skin such as freckles and spots that can possibly be start of cancer, and dry, rough skin. Other damaging effects are cataracts which can lead to blindness.

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Reasons for using sunblock
1. You’ve probably heard of the hole in the ozone layer and that it’s going to take a long time for the earth to repair that. It’s going to take it even longer and maybe even get worse if we don’t help it. The ozone helps filter ultraviolet rays from the sun and that hole is letting in unfiltered solar radiation into the earth. You need sunblock to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays now more than before.
2. Using sunblock helps lower the risk of cancer and that’s been proven.
3. Sunblock also prevents your skin from developing any discolorations. These discolorations which are often brown spots or red patches can be the beginnings of cancer.
4. It also can help prevent premature aging of the skin. When your skin is exposed for long periods of time repeatedly, your skin will get fine lines that will become worse wrinkles. Wrinkles will make you look older than you are and sunblock can prevent that.
5. When you’re at the beach, sometimes the goal is to get a tan so that you can brag about having been to the beach, but some don’t want a tan. Sunblock can help prevent tanning. Though sunblock might not completely prevent it and you’ll still have a little bit of a tan when you’re done with your time at the beach, but it’ll help lessen the harmful rays of the sun from extensively damaging your skin.
So grab the nearest bottle of sunblock the next time you visit the drugstore. You’ll need it!