5 Ways to Enjoy Summer and Avoid Sunburn

Summer is here and that means barbecues, outdoor sports, trips to the lake and maximum exposure to the blazing sun rays. All guys have been there before. You think you’re invincible and spend hours in the sunlight. Later on that evening, you notice that you are about as red as a lobster. While trying to avoid a farmer’s tan, they got a nasty sunburn in exchange.

Sunburns are not only annoying, but they can be downright painful. Over time, they can cause permanent wrinkles and worse, skin cancers. Lesson learned and now you want to avoid getting sunburned like you avoid the plague. Besides, you want to enjoy the summer vibes, not the harmful UV rays. Here are the top 5 ways to avoid getting sunburned this season.

1. Wear sunscreen and reapply

Besides avoiding the sun altogether, your best fighting agent against its harmful UV rays is through the application of sunscreen. Opt for types that are at least 30 SPF. Anything below that can be less coverage, increasing your risk. It is also key that you reapply every few hours. Sunscreen absorbs into your skin over time so you need to reapply to provide continuous protection.

2. Cover it up!

Yes, the summer season can bring in some blistering temperatures but the harmful rays also come alongside that. Wearing covered clothing or accessories help tremendously against potential sunburns. Opt for light colors and cotton fabrics to alleviate discomfort from the heat. When you can, wear a hat to protect your face and sunglasses for your eyes. You cannot necessarily get sunburned on your eyes, but the harmful UV rays can definitely cause some damage to them.

3. Avoid peak hours of sun damage

The sun has an optimal time frame for emitting very damaging UV rays. When possible, avoid sun exposure between the hours of 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Throughout the day, you should find shade in general; but, it would be best to limit your time in the sun during these peak hours. Doing so will help you fight off risks for sunburns.

4. Lather on the oil

Regular application of natural oils such as coconut or jojoba can help you in your defense against sunburns. Your skin naturally absorbs the oil to sustain and restore its cellular production process. Maintaining your skin’s health is a good way to keep it strong when exposing it to the sun on a daily basis. The oils keep your skin hydrated and are all natural, so you do not have to worry about absorbing any damaging parabens.

5. Consume more Vitamin D

Limited sun exposure is good for you as it helps your body absorb Vitamin D, which is essential for the regulation of calcium and maintenance of your bones. You are able to protect yourself from UV rays by increasing your intake of Vitamin D through other sources like fish oil. Doing so can slightly increase your tolerance to the sun and in turn, prevent you from getting sunburned.

In the event of a sunburn...
You did everything you could, but sometimes, you still end up with a pesky sunburn. The best way to remedy its symptoms is to take a cool bath in order to bring your skin’s temperature down. Then, apply aloe vera to begin the healing process. Aloe vera is the number one cooling agent that is safe and effective. Be sure to drink plenty of water and apply lotion regularly to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.

Protecting yourself from sunburns does not make you a wuss. It makes you smart. Sunburns do more than cause temporary pain and discomfort. Over time, they can leave damaging effects on your skin and health. Safeguard yourself by following these easy tips and you can safely savor your summer activities.



 Photo Credit:

Zachary Staines
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Travel Tips - Stylish Packing For Long Trips

Everyone goes on these kinds of trips every once in a while, the kind that keeps you away from home for weeks, even months. Whether it's for business or leisure, the challenge is always to look good while you're logging in all those miles. But when you're living from a suitcase, it often proves easier said than done. Here's how to look (and feel) well-dressed, even without full access to your wardrobe.

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A Comprehensive Guide On Traveling In Style

Are you going on an exciting vacation? Perhaps you’re visiting family this holiday season? Being comfortable is your number one priority, especially for those long haul flights, but no one wants to sacrifice style just for the sake of comfort, right?
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Fall Essential: Leather Bag

A great versatile leather bag is essential for every dapper man. I picked this bag up at an  amazing shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It makes for a great carry on and I've been using it to carry my gi for Judo training. The Argentine leather is gorgeous and makes for a durable and long lasting bag. 

3 tips to choosing an all around leather bag:

1. Make sure you choose a bag with real leather.
2. Enough space to carry everything you need.
3. A color such as brown or black that can transition with any style.


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Buenos Aires: San Telmo In Pictures

San Telmo with it's cobbled shirts and rich antique shops hits me right in the soul. Takes me back to a time I never knew, but wish I did. This is one of my favorite neighbors to visit when I'm in Buenos Aires. It's a beautiful grittiness that I love. It's the Buenos Aires that I've always dreamed about.

As the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires you can feel the old world in its colonial buildings, Stone smooth cobbled streets, and marketplaces. One of my favorite things about San Telmo are the Antiques shops where you can find old military regalia to gorgeous Louis Vuitton trunks. There are numerous shops that will satisfy any budget. It's high key poppin!!! If you want to get the old world feel of Buenos Aires San Telmo is the place to be.

These photos represent a typical day in San Telmo. Wide eye tourist gawking at beautiful pieces and motor biking Argentinians ripping though the streets. You really get the feel of Buenos Aires and what it has to offer. Behind every turn there's something new to discover. Maybe you'll find a vintage nude you've always wanted (trust me they are there), or an authentic vintage Argentine leather bag (I have 2 and they are amazing). Whatever you are looking for you'll find it in San Telmo.

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