Most us enjoy hot summer weather. Especially if we are on our vacation in Spain. But we have to be aware that it can become quite dangerous to our health if we lose a control and disregard possible risks: heatstroke, sunburns, dehydration, sunstrokes..
So, here are a few tips how to survive the Spanish heat and stay safe under the sun. Even locals use them!
Protection against sunburn
Even though we don’t have anything against the look of a lobster, it possibly can increase the chances of having a skin cancer at some point. So, high factor sun cream, shade, an umbrella, and a hat are the best alternatives to prevent it.
By the way, it is worth knowing: SPF (Sun Protection Factor) doesn’t mean the strength of a sun cream. It is all about timing. E.g. if your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying a SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer).
Never sit in a parked car
It takes only a few minutes for a car to turn into an oven under the Spanish sun. Don’t leave anyone (children, older people or pets) in the car even though all the windows are lowered down, and it is parked under the shade.
Choose natural and lighter fibres
Loose-fitting and lightweight clothing is the best choice for summer. On the other hand, tight and synthetic clothes make you sweat, and prevents from air circulating around the body.
Drink plenty of liquids
Sangria or cerveza are not a suitable options. Make sure you always have water with you. Liquids help to keep us hydrated and are responsible for maintaining normal body temperature.
Keep cool and relax
Swim in the sea, dive in the swimming pool or spend some extra time in an air-conditioned mall simply to refresh yourself. Avoid staying under the direct sun during the hottest hours of the day. Try a siesta: lie down on your sofa in the room with shutters down. These are pleasurable ways to keep yourself going through the heat.
Don’t overdo it
If you are a visitor or a newcomer in Spain, most likely your sun and heat tolerance is much lower than Spaniards. So, don’t try to keep in step with the locals, follow your own rhythm.
Your heat tolerance depends on many factors like age, medical and physical condition of your body. In any case, protection is always necessary: better safe than sorry!