If you find yourself struggling to keep cool in the heat, try these 8 easy tips – they’ll cool you down quickly.
- Keep body moisturisers or after-sun lotions in the fridge and use them to keep cool in the heat and to calm red, sore patches after too much sun. However, be careful about using extremely cold products on your face after being out in the heat, extreme temperatures are one of the major culprits of broken veins.
- Facial spritzers are a great way to cool and calm the skin, but be wary of using anything where the main ingredient is water as it is alkaline and skin is acid, so, even though you feel initially refreshed, it can actually have a long-term drying effect on the skin. Look for facial spritzers that contain de-mineralised water instead.
- Plaits and twists will keep your hair tamed and in control so it doesn’t stick to your neck and back when it’s sweltering. The best thing about twisting the hair is when you take it out later it will be wavy and full of gorgeous texture with no effort needed!
- Don’t forget your nails! Keep your polish in the fridge to make it last twice as long. Warm weather thickens the formula but, if you keep it chilled it will glide on beautifully without going lumpy.
- Obvious, but shower a lot! Don’t worry about having two or three a day when it’s hot, as long as you use a gentle shower cream, your skin won’t dry out.
- Choose body washes that have energising properties – citrus oils refresh and cool the skin.
- Dousing your head and neck with cold water will help if it’s hot and dry, because the water evaporates and cools you off. Don’t make it too icy: as very cold water constricts the blood vessels in the skin, increasing your core temperature as blood is diverted inwards.
- If the heat gets the better of you, just add 4 drops of eucalyptus oil and 4 drops of lavender oil to a cool bath – it’s an age-old cure for heat stroke that really works.