By Sylvia Shipman, Assistant Features Editor–
Walking outside and hearing the buzzing of bees and wasps and feeling the sun’s steadily
growing heat means there’s no denying that summer is coming, and she’s back with a
vengeance. Tennessee is one of the worst places for summer weather since it’s humid, hot
and without a beach. However, the Echo is here to help with ten tips on how to stay cool
and un-burnt while being in the heat this summer.
1. Drink water—Staying hydrated is key to keeping your body from overheating.
While you are out in the sun, drinking water will lower your body temperature as
well as help you sweat to cool you off.
2. Bring a fan—Those little fans you used to carry to youth soccer games are always
in style. There’s no shame in bringing a beach breeze with you.
3. Wear Sunscreen—I’m dead serious; the sun can damage your skin long term.
Don’t you want to look like someone in their early twenties for as long as
possible? Put sunscreen on to prevent a painful sunburn and early signs of aging,
especially on your face.
4. Lie Low—heat rises, so apparently, lying on the ground while tanning is a lot
more helpful than sitting in a chair.
5. Wear a Hat—I didn’t invest in owning a cap until this past summer, and the shade
it provides is such a nice relief. It shades your whole face!
6. Fill a Spray Bottle with Water—You can easily clean out an old one or buy a
spray bottle from the store for $2. Fill it with water and give yourself a misting
every few minutes while you tan. It will be almost like you’re at the beach.
7. Change Your Wardrobe—avoid wearing black since it absorbs heat. Wear white
clothing that is lightweight/loose.
8. Buy Some Aloe—You’re probably not going to properly follow all my rules, so
I’m gonna assume you’re getting sunburnt. Aloe cools your sunburn as well as
aids your skin in healing, so go ahead and be proactive and buy some.
9. Reapply—if you are getting wet, reapply your sunscreen. There’s no way
whatever brand of sunscreen is going to last through water, even if it says it will.
10. Don’t Use a Tanning Bed— This one doesn’t really count since it doesn’t involve
the actual sun, but it’s important. I understand the urge to get a quick and even
tan, but tanning beds are not the way to go. They are incredibly dangerous. Using
tanning beds increases your risk of developing skin cancer by 75 percent. Even
the occasional tanning bed experience will triple your chances. Have you seen
those photos on Buzzfeed of the woman who got skin cancer on her face? It’s
awful, and it definitely will scare you out of the tanning bed. Also, fake tans are
so much more orange, and people can usually tell whether or not your tan is from
the actual sun. You’re not fooling anyone. If you want an easy tan, spend the extra
cash for a spray tan.