Beautiful You – Cool Summer
by Amy Newson
As temperatures rise with Summer finally heating up, make sure you know how to keep cool and safe in the sun. It isn’t just about comfort – dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Follow these easy tips to make the most of the hot summer days ahead.
Wear lightweight, light-coloured cotton or linen clothes. Heat is trapped by synthetic material, but cotton absorbs perspiration and its evaporation helps you feel cooler. The light colour reflects the heat and sunlight better than anything dark. Shorts and skirts paired with tops made of loose, airy material increase ventilation and help regulate your body temperature. Don’t forget to use sun cream on any exposed skin, with a minimum 15 SPF to avoid sunburn, which can lead to quicker aging of the skin and serious skin health problems. Flip-flops and sandals allow the feet to breathe; there’s nothing worse on a hot day than wearing closed shoes with no air circulation.
Too much makeup can prevent sweating, making you feel hotter. Try to loosely brush on some matt powder for oil control during the day and for the evening, when it starts to cool down, a light foundation is good for better coverage. Tying up your long hair and keeping it off your face and neck is a wise choice in scorching temperatures.
Run your wrists under a cold tap for 30 seconds each, every couple of hours. Major veins pass through this area, so it helps to cool the blood. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge for a quick, refreshing spray of cool water after being outdoors. Try taking tepid baths or showers just below body temperature, especially before going to bed. Cold showers may seem more tempting, but your body will generate heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss.
Drink plenty of water! Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer: the ice will melt in the heat leaving you with amazing icy cold water to sip on the go. As an alternative, try drinking chrysanthemum tea, which is said to be a cooling herbal remedy, but do check you are safe to drink it before consuming. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine as these are dehydrating.
Eat small meals and more often! A larger meal increases the metabolic heat your body creates to break down the food. Try eating salads, raw food and fresh fruit and vegetables to avoid cooking – standing over the stove isn’t what you want on a hot day.
Enjoy the sun and remember the hottest part of the day is between 11am and 3pm, so when out and about avoid the direct sun as much as you can. And of course, if you feel ill always consult your doctor.