Keeping Sun Safe: How To Do It

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The summer is ahead and everyone is hoping to be able to get out into the sunshine for the first time in a year. It’s not that we’ve been locked IN, but being locked DOWN has made it much harder to plan to go away on a fun vacation. The thing about the beach is that while it’s the most beautiful place that you can go to, it’s also the place that can be dangerous for your skin. Getting outdoors for sunshine isn’t always easy, but it’s much safer to do it when you know how to look after your skin properly.

The sun is great for your health, but in excess, it can be dangerous. The body needs the sun to produce vitamin D and getting outdoors to find things to do in the longer, brighter summer days can help you to feel calm, relaxed and make you feel as if you’re glowing! The only thing that you need to do is be very aware of sun safety and how you can protect yourself in the harsher UV lighting out there in the sunshine. With this in mind, we’ve got some of the best ways that you can protect yourself and stay safe in the sunshine.

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  • Apply sunscreen. You need to prevent your skin from burning in the sunshine and that means that you need a good quality sunshine. Think about the products with the highest star ratings, has an SPF of 30 and is water resistant. You may not be out there swimming, but your body is bound to sweat a little and you need to ensure that you don’t’ run off the sunscreen every single time you sweat. You should also ensure that it’s not out of date! Around half an hour before you go out, add in some sunscreen to all exposed areas including the face!
  • Wear protective clothes. You don’t want to go out into the hot sun and wear a ton of layers, but you do need to get comfortable with breathable fabrics that can cover exposed skin. Wear a hat – no hat, no play! – and make sure that you have a light cover up over your arms and legs to stop too much UV radiation going through to your skin. You can check how much sunlight gets through your clothes by holding them up to the sunshine. A hat protects your head and you need sunglasses for your eyes, too.
  • Keep an eye on the UV index. You want to ensure that you’re not going outside in the strongest UV without protection. So, make checking the UV reports as regular as checking the weather each day. You can find out the UV index where you are when you are on the Met Office website!
  • Stick to the shade. Where you can during the strongest rays of the day, stick to the shade and be inside. This is usually between 11am and 3pm. Avoid being out in the direct sunlight in these times, and you can ensure that your skin will be happier!

 

Top Bucketlist Activities For 2021

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2020 was a bit of a write-off, but 2021 doesn’t need to be the same. If you find yourself feeling a bit stuck in a rut, why not think of some things you can do this year that you can tick off your bucket list? It is always good to have something to aim for in life and this is well worth it as they are likely to be things you have always wanted to do. If you are looking for some items to tick off your bucket list this year, then we have put together a few ideas for you to try.

  • Get your business idea off the ground

If you have always wanted to start your own business but never got round to it, then why not make 2021 your year? It can always be easy enough to come up with an excuse not to do something, perhaps because you’re feeling nervous about it, but don’t let this get in your way. Think of what your business idea is and how you can execute it. Put steps in place of how you can get it off the ground, from making social media accounts to creating a website. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or opinions of others too!

  • Go on a road trip with friends

A road trip with friends is something everyone needs to do at least once in their lives. Plan out your route before you go, pack plenty of snacks and you’re ready to go! It is a good idea to prepare ahead for where you will stay and eat just in case you end up somewhere quite remote or the accommodation gets booked up. If you get into any trouble when driving, be sure to speak with a skilled car accident lawyer who can help you with your case.

  • Spend a night under the stars

There is something magical about spending a night under the stars. Either head alone or with yourself to somewhere which is quiet and has a great view of the sky. This could even be in your backyard! Spend the night listening to the chirping of crickets and the silence of the world around you while gazing up at the beautiful sights in the sky.

  • Eat somewhere you have always wanted to try

If you have always wanted to eat somewhere but never done it then make this your year. It could be you’ve always wanted to have a Michelin star dinner, or that you have always said about trying that little Italian near you but never gone. Book a date in as soon as you can and make sure you go all out on your visit. Order the food you want, the nice bottle of wine, and let yourself really enjoy it. You won’t regret it!

These are just a few ideas that you can tick off your bucket list in 2021. What are the activities you are most looking forward to trying? Let me know in the comments below.

 

How to give your garden an uplift

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During rainy and cold days, the last thing you want to do is go outside to your garden. However, getting fresh air is essential for us to feel good about ourselves and our bodies. That’s why I love being outside so much!

I would prefer if I could enjoy my garden no matter if the sun is shining or it’s raining or snowing. You can see how excited I was when I found out about Designer Shade Solutions’ retractable roofs. Designer Shade Solutions are retractable roofs in London UK specialists who create retractable roofs also known as modern pergolas with a retractable and tilting louvered roof.

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The New York Times shared some tips on how to improve your outdoor space, mentioning that “every outdoor space has its strengths, so embrace yours. You can play up a large outdoor space by using plants, pathways, and furniture to divide it into separate areas serving different purposes.”

What better way to improve your garden than by adding a retractable pergola? Don’t just take it from me! Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum also recommends adding a retractable pergola to create an outdoor retreat to improve your garden space, commenting that you will “make the most out of your garden all-year-round by creating an outdoor retreat that you can enjoy, no matter the weather.”

Modern pergolas offer shade and protection from the elements, as well as privacy, a bit of luxury, and the perfect way to define spaces in your garden. If you’ve always loved the look of traditional pergolas but never went for it as it didn’t give you enough opportunities to enjoy your garden, modern pergolas will! Their retractable and tilting roof can be easily closed when the weather turns south and can be opened if the weather is nice.

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Baby Budgeting explains in a recent blog post that these retractable roof pergolas can be installed in a variety of ways, including “as an extension to your current living space to bring the outside in or as a standalone structure in your garden, the perfect centrepiece for any outside space, if I do say so myself.”

To further improve your garden space, these modern pergolas can be combined with heating, lighting, and side glass screens to create the most incredible garden outdoor retreat that you can use rain or shine. Lylia Rose shared that she was also a big fan of these pergolas, mentioning “Personally, I think they are amazing! It’s been a challenge of ours in spring to create an outdoor living space that is perfect to use not only in good weather but bad weather too.”

What do you think of these modern pergolas?

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