Living in Florida is paradise, but there are many Florida habits we might take for granted like soaking up the sun. Before your Florida habits start affecting your well-being, follow these tips to stay healthy and happy.

Incorrectly Tanning

Many Floridians find their skin is a little more than “sun kissed” after a long day at the beach with insufficient sun protection. This results in premature aging, sunspots, painful sunburns, and an increased risk of skin cancer.

If you must tan, take breaks from the sun and gradually develop your bronze glow in intervals.

For optimal protection from UVA and UVB rays, combine your preferred sunscreen with a daily supplement of beta-caretone (25g).

Remember, there’s also the option of a sunless spray tan instead of leaving your skin defenseless to the elements.

Not Enough Water

Three out of four Americans suffer from regular dehydration. In a state as hot as Florida, not having enough water can terribly affect your performance of everyday activities as well as your overall health and well-being.  A good rule of thumb is that Floridians should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. The symptoms of dehydration are already all around you! Headaches, darker-colored urine, and fatigue are the most common – and most ignored – symptoms of dehydration. To feel your absolute best, just add water!

Keeping It Way Too Cool

Many Floridians who can’t bare the blazing outdoor heat turn to the wonderful luxury of air conditioning. After a hot day outside, it seems that the best thing to do is turn your thermostat all the way down to 60 degrees, right? Actually, the U.S. Department of Energy warns that this will add an unnecessary expense to your monthly bill. Turning the thermostat to the lowest setting possible does not cool the house faster; it only takes up a bunch of energy.

Unprepared for Hurricane Season

We talk about the possibility of a hurricane and being ready just in case, but are you really ready? It is truly important that Floridians prepare themselves for any potential threats from seasonal storms. We must prepare for anything that might happen – even if we are only hit with a few bad thunderstorms. Think of ways to keep your family alert ahead of time and take a look at our Security First Mobile App which has extensive checklists and a storm tracker so you can be certain when a storm is nearing your exact location.

Not Wearing Sunglasses Enough

Sunglasses, though often used for aesthetic reasons, are vital for bouncing off the sun’s harmful UV light rays, which are very damaging to the eyes. There’s a number of reasons to wear shades: they prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and the general breakdown of the eye’s key functions.

In the Sunshine State, sunglasses should be worn outside every day because most days are sunny days and experts recommend wearing sunglasses even on cloudy days. Be sure to choose sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

While hats are helpful blocking UV rays, they just aren’t as effective as sunglasses.

Any other habits you can think of?