Staying safe in the sun

The sun is a glorious bright ball that warms up the day and has the power to promote better moods in people, it is also very harmful if we do not protect ourselves correctly. With fair skin it has meant that for my whole life when summer arrives I have to either put on a high SPF or stay out of the sun. I have had some very unpleasant experiences because of this such as burnt skin, prickly heat and heat stroke. I now try my best to stay safe and aid others when I can so that they do not experience the pain that the sun can create on your body. They are simple things that we all know but just overlook them.

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No matter what the weather is or time of year keeping hydrated is essential. Drinking plenty of water even when you don't think you need to. At least 2 litres a day is advised. It will prevent tiredness, headaches and helps keep your skin clear. Ensure the water is clean, if it is in a plastic bottle do not re-fill it or leave it in the heat, the chemicals produced are not good for you. Be careful not to drink too much because that can be worse that not drinking enough. 

SPF Number Meaning
Until last year this was brand new information to me. The higher the number, the higher the protection? No. It seems logical that SPF 30 is twice as good as SPF 15. The factor is used when referring to UVB rays the sunscreen blocks. SPF 15 blocks 94%, SPF 30 blocks 97% SPF 45 blocks 98%. In the long term a higher SPF will help to prevent skin damage but on a day to day basis there is not a whole lot of difference in what number you use. I personally use SPF 20 on my face and body.

I think we are all guilty of not following this rule, it is important to reapply at least every 2 hours. Regardless if you are swimming or not. It will wear off sooner than you think and to ensure protection at all times reapplying is all you have to do. Especially if you are outdoors for a long period of time.

In the same way we should only use make up and skincare products for a certain length of time the same goes for sunscreen. Check the bottle for the expiry date. Typically they should last 3 years but it may differ from product to product. If in doubt buy a new one every summer, if you're like me you probably lose the one you had last year.

Make sure you stay safe so you can have fun out in the sun and not spend hours or days feeling uncomfortable. Your skin will thank you in the future.

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July Driving Music

Almost everyday in July I have my car windows down, feeling the wind and cooler air. The sun is beaming down and my skin feels warm. Music is all that is needed to make the journey better. Every month or so I make a mix CD for my car and here are a few of the songs that are on this month's car mix.

July Driving Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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Taking stock

There comes a time every once in a while when I need to take a step back from some things. Take a few days or even weeks to let the dust settle so that I can come back ready to drive fiercely through the road. Time is the greatest healer, one of the life lessons I have learnt this past year. As my birthday is approaching I tend to be more reflective and because of that I've decided to write down some of my thoughts. Maybe next year I will look back and have an idea of what I was doing, thinking and feeling. 

cooking - Halloumi, roasted vegetables with pitta bread and homous.

drinking - Smoothies, coffee and water.

wondering - Where I'll be a year from now. 
wanting - August 8th.

playing - Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack.

wishing - Goodness for me and everyone close to me.

liking - The warm July English weather, not too hot and not too cold.

reading - The Truth by Michael Palin, nearly finished and I'm still struggling to get into it, but never mind. 
hoping - For a delightful break away in Morocco next week.

wearing - Skirts, for the first time ever they are my favourite thing to wear.

thinking - Miffy, missing you so much still.

feeling - Eager, precarious and zealous.

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June Days

It has been a month of ups and downs, sadly the downs outweighed the ups. It's a roller coaster life and nothing lasts forever, a lesson I have been learning this past year. In June a lot of feelings have been felt, a month ago I did not expect any of them but I find that the universe has a way of surprising us. A few good days with friends and close ones have aided my heart, keeping me at ease. Simple things like going for a picnic, coffee or dinner can do more than you think. After saying goodbye to the dearest creature in my life I have felt a great hole that has been far more difficult than I ever expected it to be. I believe it has made an effect on my body in combination with the pollen being very high I have not felt 'normal' almost the whole month, a friend I work with even joked that I'm falling apart. I will not be defeated, I choose to survive because that is what I do, what we all do. Through the pain, difficulties and surprises we power through it. Even when it is unbearable we fight until the end.

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