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Sun Protection Should Be A Priority All Year Round

Posted on: August 31st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


Summer is the time when we start worrying about what the sun is doing to us, whether it be giving us sunburns, wrinkles, and skin cancer. The truth is sun protection should be a yearlong concern.

Don’t Be Fooled By Cool Weather

Cooler weather does not necessarily mean less chances of damage. A cloudy day spent outside can actually do more damage to your skin than you realize.

Wearing a high spf sunscreen on your face should be done daily throughout the year. Covering exposed arms and other parts when driving should be a habit too.

Sunglasses Help Too

Sunglasses offer protection as well, protecting our eyes from broad spectrum rays and keeping us from squinting, which can lead to headaches and crow’s feet.

No matter how dark your skin is, you’re still susceptible to sun damage. The best bet is to wear a 30 or more spf sunscreen daily no matter who you are. If you do ever end up with a nasty burn there are a few things that help ease the pain and pamper your skin back to health, like aspirin, applying cool washcloths, or natural, soothing oatmeal or aloe creams.

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Summer’s Almost Over! What To Do Before It’s Gone

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


These last few months have gone by so fast, now may be a good time to take stock of your summer experience and make sure you’ve done all the things you wanted. Many bloggers take this opportunity to post their own personal lists of things to do before summer is over.

You can start by looking at some of theirs, and then decide if there are any ideas of your own you want to add. Some of the most common activities are swimming, having a barbeque, going on a vacation (even just a short one), enjoying ice cream, or going to an outdoor festival or concert.

These summer staples are sure to appeal to most. Begin with any of these and then decide if there are any other projects, fun activities, or experiences you want to do these next couple of weeks. Summer is the perfect time to recharge and take a breather from your regular routine. It’s also a good time to make sure you’re prepared for whatever lies ahead, whether it be for a new school year or career obligations. Either way, making sure you get the most out of your summer will make all the difference.

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“Glamping” A New Way To Enjoy The Outdoors Without The Hassle

Posted on: August 17th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


For those who love spending time in the outdoors but don’t truly enjoy “roughing it”, glamping is another option. The term combines “glamorous” and “camping” to provide a truly luxurious and unique way to spend the night outside under the stars. At one New York City hotel, guests can enjoy soft sheets, television, and gourmet treats while spending the night inside a tent on the hotel’s rooftop patio. Of course there’s also the traditional camping staples, like fires and s’mores available to give the impression of a night spent away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Guest say they love the camp atmosphere and privacy without having to sacrifice hotel conveniences and access to what the city has to offer. They say glamping in the city still feels like a true getaway, despite not having to travel very far from their homes or jobs. Hotel guests these days are always looking for something fun and different, so it makes sense that glamping has begun to catch on, despite seeming a bit silly to those of us who truly love to camp.

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The Best New Ways To Practice Sun Safety

Posted on: August 14th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


When summer rolls around, it seems that everyone is suddenly concerned with sun protection. The truth is that sun safety should be on everyone’s minds year round. Even during the winter or on overcast days, we are still susceptible to harmful UV rays that cause skin damage and increase our risk of skin cancer.

It’s important to establish a skin care routine that includes wearing a high spf sunblock or moisturizer every day. This is an especially important practice for those who have fair or sensitive skin, or a history of skin cancer.

There are some other products out there that help with sun protection too.

Here’s an overview of some of the best

UV Protective Clothing.

When you have kids, sun safety is an especially big concern. It can be a challenge to keep sunscreen on your kids when they’re out swimming, playing, or somewhere where you can’t always be reapplying their sunblock. There are now clothing and swimwear lines that are offering UV protection built right into the fabric your kids are wearing.

This is especially helpful for kids spending time at the beach or swimming pool, where applying sunblock is the biggest challenge. The swimwear is available for kids of all ages, ranging from infants to teenagers. The UV protective clothing looks fashionable too. You can still get your kid the swimsuit they want without skimping on style.

Shade Canopies.

For any type of outdoor gathering, it’s a good idea to have some sort of portable shade canopy. You’ll see these at almost any outdoor festival, market, or party because they provide a cool, well ventilated space for people to congregate under. These canopies are made from sturdy steel frame construction that can withstand any type of weather, ranging from high wind to rain.

Heavy duty canvas blocks harmful UV rays while still allowing cool air to circulate. Shade canopies come in so many styles and sizes, you’ll be able to easily find the one that’s right for your occasion. And you don’t even need to have an occasion planned to own a canopy. They’re great to have on hand for hot days in the backyard, a trip to the beach, or camping in the mountains. Setting up and transporting is so easy too.

New Ways To Apply Sunscreen.

You don’t have to wear heavy, greasy sunscreen to stay protected. There are now alternatives to the white, sticky stuff that has been around for decades. This is great news for those who are easily prone to breakouts or who struggle to get sunscreen on their kids. Lighter, sprayable oil-free sunscreen is a great choice for having the same strong coverage without the heavy, greasy feeling. Parents love these spray sunscreens because they are easier to apply with less mess.

Sunscreen for the scalp is also available for this notoriously easy to miss area. Having a burnt scalp is one of the most painful sunburns and something we’ve all experienced. The delicate skin on our heads and even our hair can be damaged by too much exposure to the sun. Lips can also be protected by wearing a lip balm containing a high spf.

Following these steps should ensure a healthy, enjoyable summer experience for the whole family. Remember to stay safe and stay hydrated too. It can be easy to forget when you’re out there having so much fun.

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Foods That Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

Posted on: August 11th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


We all know that wearing sunscreen daily and proper clothing are the best ways to keep sun damage from happening. But what you eat can also provide a boost to skin protection for those who feel they need it. Your body can use these foods to both protect itself from damage and also repair any that’s already been done.

Fruits like kiwi, raspberries, and tomatoes are high in antioxidants like vitamin c and lycopene which help repair damage done by the sun, as well as increasing skin’s natural defense against UV light.

These fruits are also refreshing and easy to add to summertime dishes like salads, drinks, and desserts. Green tea has been proven to reverse skin damage by boosting the immune system (which in turn helps prevent skin cancer). Iced green tea with honey and raspberries is a great summertime treat. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate are known to protect the skin and help prevent skin cancer.

Just a small 3oz piece of dark chocolate a day is enough to enjoy the benefits. Salmon and chia seeds contain high amounts of omega 3’s, which treat sun sensitivity. Toss some salmon on the grill or in a salad, and try chia seeds in oatmeal or a shake.

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6 Different Ways To Use An Instant Canopy

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


Purchasing a high quality, versatile outdoor canopy is a great investment. No matter what your reason for buying one is, an instant canopy is sure to become one of the essentials for spending time outdoors. They’re built to last and are easy for anyone to set up and break down. Here are just a few of the situations that can benefit with the addition of a canopy:

1. Backyard Barbecue Or Party.

Having a backyard gathering of friends and family means you want your guests to be as comfortable as possible. While they are dining and mingling, make sure they stay cool and protected underneath the shade of a canopy. Smaller sizes are available for residential use and they can look quite attractive too. You’ll find that a party in the backyard won’t be complete without one.

2. Camping, Beach, Or Other Outdoor Trips.

When you take the party away from home, it’s important to still stay protected. Instant canopies are easy to set up and pack away, making traveling with them hassle free. Canopies are strong enough to withstand the strongest winds, harsh sunlight, and even rain, making them a great choice for roughing it in the outdoors.

3. Outdoor Festivals And Markets.

When you take your business outdoors, it’s important to make your customers feel welcome and comfortable as they shop. A large, commercial canopy is great for providing shade at flea markets, music festivals, or farmer’s markets when you’ll know there will be a steady stream of customers throughout the day. Providing cool shade will ensure that people will spend more time browsing your booth and will more likely make purchases.

4. On Your Own.

There are individual sized instant canopies that are great for 1 to 2 people to use. Going to the beach, sitting at an outdoor concert, movie, or parade can be more enjoyable with a small canopy. They’re lightweight and small enough to be set up anywhere without being invasive to others. These canopies come with a matching carrying bag making transport easy and attractive.

5. Weddings And Other Festivities.

Canopies can make wedding and party guests feel protected and can look beautiful as well. Choose the size and color that best suits your event to get started. Zip up canopy walls can easily create an enclosed, yet still well ventilated area for guests to dine and enjoy themselves.

Canopies for weddings can be decorated with lights, flowers, and fabric to create a festive, romantic atmosphere. A smaller, decorated canopy is also great for the couple to stand under and say their “I do’s”.

6. Pets Can Also Get In On The Fun.

Instant canopies for pets are now available too! These help keep dogs and cats cool and comfortable both indoors and outdoors. The elevated beds are comfortable and provide circulation both below and above your pet. It can be easy to forget that pets need special protection from the sun too. Along with fresh water, a pet canopy is a good way to prevent heatstroke or sunburn from happening to your furry friend.

See what styles and sizes are available by connecting with Quik Shade on Google+, and find out why Quik Shade canopies are America’s favorite choice for outdoor protection.

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer

Posted on: August 4th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


We all look forward to it all year: summer break. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, in school or fully immersed in a career, summer is everyone’s favorite time of the year.

There’s just something about the warm weather that makes us want to get out and enjoy the outdoors as much as we can. There’s a lot going on during the days stretching from June to September. You want to be sure to make the most out of these precious summer days before it’s all over.

1. Stay Protected Outdoors

Camping, beach trips, festivals, swimming, hiking, and more. These are just some of the fun ways you can get out and enjoy the weather. Everyone has their own preference for what they like to do in the great outdoors, but the rules for staying safe and protected are the same for everyone.

Always arrive prepared with sunscreen, a hat, or some sort of shade to keep you from getting sunburned or worse yet, heatstroke. It can be easy to forget when you’re having fun. Even on overcast days, the risk of sun damage is there. It’s a good idea to make wearing sunscreen a habit every time you go outside, especially if you are fair skinned or especially sensitive to the sun.

2. Stay hydrated

Along with sun damage, dehydration is another big concern for those of us who want to get out during the summer months. Adults, children, and pets all need to have a continuous supply of fresh, cool water at all times. Carrying a refillable water bottle with you is a great way to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day no matter where you are. Just fill it up wherever you go. You end up saving money and the environment with a refillable bottle as well.

3. Dress Appropriately

Most of us look forward to summer because it’s a chance to pull out some of our favorite wardrobe pieces. The hot weather means we can be a little more fun and daring with what we wear, and more comfortable too. It’s time to have fun and wear the latest styles in sundresses, shorts, and sandals.

Summer fashion makes us look good, and keeps us cool as well. If you know you’ll be out from morning to night, be sure to dress in layers so that transitioning from hot midday temperatures to cooler evenings is easy.

4. Party Outdoors

You know you’re going to be spending time at barbeques, festivals, and other outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Now’s a good time to make you have the gear to make these events even better. For parties, having a great outdoor grill is essential. Good food is a big part of every festivity and it’s fun to get creative with your favorite ingredients on a grill.

Keep friends and family comfortable with an outdoor canopy. These are great for creating a shaded area for people to relax, mingle, and dine under. quality construction and replaceable canopy parts will make this one of your summer staples.

5. Relax And Prepare For The Rest Of The Year

This is a great time to work on those things you’ve been putting off or have been wanting to do throughout the year. Start on that home improvement project you’ve been thinking about, take a class, or get the kids signed up for swimming or any other activity.

Making time for your own interests as well as finding the time to relax and travel, will ensure you ready to face school or work obligations when September rolls around.

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