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Parade Essentials

Most likely your summer will include some community parades. Whether marching or watching, the best advice we have for you is to  respect the sun…  And it’s not as complicated as you might think.

The first thing you want to invest in is a great pair of sunglasses. But what type of protection is best? UVA/UVB? And does lens color matter? Well, the American Optometric Association wants you to look for gray lenses (for proper color recognition) in glasses that block ALL UVA and UVB rays.

Another product you shouldn’t be without is sunscreen. Again, don’t get caught up in the UVA/UVB battle. The American Academy of Dermatology maintains that a quality sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. We looked for products specifically designed for the face. Two we really like are Aveeno Positively Ageless™ Sunblock Lotion with SPF 70 for Face, and Neutrogena Healthy Defense® Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion SPF 45. Apply liberally to all exposed areas (and don’t forget your ears).

Lip balm (with an SPF) is another product you shouldn’t be without. Now, listen up wind players. This one’s for you, too! There’s a relatively new, all-natural lip balm created by a trumpet player to address the special concerns of wind musicians. ChopSaver lip balm is also available with an SPF15.

Everyone should remember the importance of staying hydrated. Water remains the beverage of choice when it comes to preventing dehydration. And you really do want to prevent it. Symptoms of dehydration are miserable and can include severe fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting. Did you realize that thirst is actually an early sign of dehydration? The best line of defense is to drink small amounts across the day to prevent that thirsty feeling. Sports drinks are ok in moderation after exercise. But try not to drink too much too soon after physical activity or you could end up with that water-logged, nauseous feeling.

Lastly, we like the idea of a hat to help protect you along sun-exposed parade routes. Check with the person in charge of your ensemble for guidelines on acceptable styles/colors of hats.

1 Comment to “Parade Essentials”

  1. Minor Music says:

    Have you heard about Hot Dots? It’s an adhesive patch that detects and alerts the wearer when they are close to becoming dangerously overheated. They are available exclusively from DeMoulin to music performance groups. Visit their website for more information: http://www.demoulin.com/hotdot/

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