Beat the Heat: Surviving Games in the Florida Sun

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When you live in Florida, you’re no stranger to the heat and humidity. However, as we welcome back the sunshine after months of winter, we can forget just how hot Florida actually is! Whether you’re cheering on your child’s practice or in the stands at an Orlando City game, preparing for the sun is essential to staying safe and enjoying yourself.

The Sun

There are two important things when it comes to staying a step ahead of the sun: sunscreen and sunglasses. Before each game, make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you’re in the sun. If you have a makeup routine, this means an extra step. Before applying any primer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer, first apply sunscreen designed specifically for your face. Don’t just count on the SPF in your foundation to do the job. Afterward, make sure to apply sunscreen to any part of your body that will be exposed — don’t forget your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet! Not only does sunscreen prevent painful sunburn, it prevents dry skin, premature wrinkles, and helps protect against skin cancer. For the rest of your time in the sun, reapply every two hours or as needed, especially if you sweat.

Sunglasses shouldn’t be an afterthought to sunscreen. Besides helping you see the game better, sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Effects of ultraviolet rays can include cataracts and vision damage. To make sure you’re protected, look for sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

When it comes to hydration, you may always encourage your child to drink water before games, listen to their body, and get plenty of electrolytes. The rules you make for your children are just as important for you! While you may not be running around the field, sitting in the heat and humidity can cause your body to need more fluids. Make sure to drink water before the game and bring a refillable, insulated cup that will keep your drink cool.

Florida, the Sunshine State, lives up to its name. With the average summer temperatures reaching upwards of 90 degrees, preparing for the sun is essential to enjoying soccer practices or Orlando City games. So stay hydrated, lather yourself in sunscreen, and grab your favorite sunglasses. It’s going to be a hot one!