By Emily McLaughlin
Greetings from sunny Las Vegas, Nevada!
Why am I in Vegas? Well, I don’t really know… It was a spontaneous decision. When asking for a Friday off from work to go to Maine, I asked for a few days off in July to accompany a friend to Las Vegas–not thinking that work would actually let me have those days off, with me being the newbie and all. They said yes! and I booked my trip the next day. We flew out on the 4th and the trip has been absolutely amazing thus far.
I am so grateful that I have such an amazing job that supports employees’ lives outside of the workplace. When being interviewed, that was one of the topics discussed. TechTarget supports their employees passions outside of the office and understand that sometimes… life happens. For me, this trip was much needed. Also, I am at that point in my life — young, fresh out of college — at time where I want to travel and experience all that I can before life gets too hectic.
So, yes, I somehow found my way to Vegas and, man, is it hot outside.
While I was sitting by the pool earlier, staring up at the cloudless sky, applying generous amounts of sunblock, I thought, “We haven’t really visited the topic of UV protection yet this summer.” I realize we are well into summer now, and you have all probably experienced your first, second and maybe third sunburn by now… but it is never too late o talk about UV protection.
Before even reading what I have for you below, you should read Lauren’s article from last summer: Dear 16-year-old me.
Sunblock is not your only means of defense. In fact, there are countless ways to protect your body from the sun’s damaging rays, but here are some that you maybe didn’t think of:
Replace your normal moisturizing lotion with one that has SPF. This will be an easy switch if you moisturize every day–the only downside is that you might have to dig a litter deeper into that wallet. If you don’t want to buy an all-over lotion with SPF, at least change out your face lotion. Real Simple did that research for us: The Best Face Moisturizers.
According to REI’s expert advice section, “All fabrics disrupt UV radiation to some degree. Clothing that does the best job carries an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) value. UPF ratings range from 15 (good) to 50+ (excellent).” But, just because you are wearing a long sleeve at the beach, doesn’t mean that you are protected from the sun. And of course… Lululemon has a whole line of clothing with UPF–check it out for those summer runs.
Walking around in Vegas, I’ve noticed something a little out of the ordinary… lots of umbrellas. This is not because it was raining (I don’t think it rains too much out here), but because the sun is so strong. Using umbrellas for sun protection is just as purposeful as using them in rain storms. Invest in an umbrella for the beach, summer parades and long outdoor walks.
Stay happy, stay healthy, stay cool… lord knows I’m struggling.