Spring is here and it's time to be out in the Great Outdoors!  The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and Reasor's is here to bring our customers great new ways to enjoy every moment in the Great Outdoors. Whether you're planning a picnic in your backyard or going on a family outing, we are here to help you get the most out of your outdoor adventure! We have fried chicken in our deli, strawberry shortcake in the bakery to fill your picnic basket, patio furniture, picnic items, grilling supplies, and more.

All locations will have beautiful locally-grown fruits, potted flowers and vegetables from Guthrie Greenhouses. Guthrie Greenhouses, located in Guthrie, Oklahoma is Oklahoma's oldest and largest wholesale greenhouse.  For over 125 years, they have been the state's primary owner and distributor of annuals, perennials, vegetables and groundcovers.  Utilizing over 13 acres of greenhouse space, they supply our stores with top-quality plants. You can tell that you are purchasing a Guthrie Greenhouse plant when you see their brand, Red Dirt Plants. When you see Red Dirt Plants, know that you are purchasing locally grown quality plants.

Grill and Chill Giveaway

You could be experiencing the Great Outdoors with a brand new 22 Pellet Traeger grill and Yeti Cooler! Eighteen lucky winners will be drawn on May 27th. To enter, just use your Reasor's Rewards card when you shop in store, or enter online.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE OUTDOORS:

Looking for bug sprays and sunscreens to protect yourself from the elements? See the Pharmacist Recommended items in our store and get informed on what to look for, so you can get the best of your time in the Great Outdoors!

Questions about Sunscreens?

Reasor's pharmacists recommend a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 to 30 for most people. Patients on medications that cause photosensitivity should be counseled to minimize sun exposure and to use broad-spectrum sunscreens when sun exposure can’t be avoided.

What’s the best general advice on sun protection?

  • Limit time in the sun, especially between 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Apply sunscreen every morning to face, neck, and hands.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, as well as right after sweating or swimming.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure for the best effectiveness.
  • Protect the skin from the sun with long-sleeved shirts, pants, and broad-brimmed hats.
  • Use a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher to protect the lips from sun damage.
  • Use a sunscreen that is labeled broad spectrum to ensure coverage of both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Find a formulation that is easy to apply and feels good on the skin (to improve compliance).

 

Insect Repellents

Insect repellents should be chosen based off of how long you are going to be exposed.  Higher concentrations last longer.  The best ingredients to look for in an insect repellent are:

  • Deet
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of Eucalyptus
  • IR3535

Always follow the direction on the label of the insect repellent very closely.  Avoid products that contain sunscreen AND insect repellent. Be sure to put your sunscreen on first.

Is insect repellent safe for children and pregnant women?

Most insect repellents, even those with up to 30% Deet can be used on children two months and older. Oil of eucalyptus shouldn['t be used on children under three years old. Always read the label of to ensure that a specific insect repellent is safe for children. When used as directed, all insect repellents are safe on pregnant women.

Tips for safe use of insect repellents:
•Don’t use repellents under clothing, or on cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
•Don’t apply repellents to eyes or mouth. Apply lightly around ears.
•Don’t spray repellents on the face. Spray on hands first, then apply to the face.
•Don’t allow kids to handle repellents. Apply repellent to your own hands, then put it on the child.
•Avoid heavy application of repellents. If a thin film doesn’t work, apply a bit more.
•After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
•Never put permethrin on skin. Apply permethrin only to clothing, bed nets, or other fabrics.
•Don’t apply insect repellent to cats or dogs. Talk to your vet about options for pets.

Poison Ivy

What is poison ivy?
Poison ivy is a common plant that can cause a rash when your skin comes in contact with the plant's oil. It has three leaves coming from a central stem. A good way to remember what this plant looks like is "Leaves of three, let it be!"

How to avoid poison ivy
• Know what the plant looks like and avoid it.
• Get rid of the plant by carefully pulling it out by it's roots. Be sure to wear protective clothing and a mask.
• Do not burn the plants. This could cause the oils to be released into the air and allow it into your lungs.

I have come in contact with poison ivy, what do I do?
• Wash affected skin with plain soap and water. Rinse with lots of water if no soap is available. No need to scrub vigorously or use harsh soaps.
• There is no good proof that special poison ivy cleansers work better than soap.
• Wash all your clothing separately. Wash everything that may have contacted the plant: garden tools, golf clubs, leash, pet’s fur, etc.
• Have a shower initially, not a bath as baths can spread the oil.
• Oil can spread from skin or objects, but not from rash or blisters.
• Cut fingernails and clean under nails well to eliminate any plant oil.

If a rash occurs:
• Try not to scratch as this can worsen the rash and maybe cause an infection.
• Use cool compresses for comfort.
• Relieve itching with a short lukewarm bath containing colloidal oatmeal (e.g., Aveeno) or baking soda (one cup in bathwater). You can also try applying calamine lotion.
• Avoid topical antihistamines and antibiotics, as these do not seem to help.

When to see a doctor
You should contact to your prescriber if you have a rash or swelling on your face, eyes, genitals; or
if the rash covers a large portion of your body. Also see your prescriber if the rash affects a child
less than two years old, there are signs of infection or lots of large blisters, if your home treatment
is not working after seven days, or if you have severe swelling or itching.

*This may not cover all possible information. It does not replace the need for professional medical care. Always follow
the instructions from your healthcare provider.