Mar 4, 2010

Beat The Heat

Whew! It’s so excruciatingly hot these days and it’s not even summertime yet – well, not officially anyway. You’d think that I’m no stranger to hot conditions, having spent my entire life in a tropical country, but it’s just soooo hot!

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t let the heat of the sun get the better of me, so I did a research of the top cool ways to beat the summer heat, and here are a few tips I came across with:

1. Hydrate. Drink lots of water to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. This is very basic, but lots of people tend to overlook this.
2. Stay away from alcohol and coffee as these are known to have diuretic effects, further depleting fluids and essential electrolytes from your body.
3. Wear light, cotton clothing. Cotton is cooler than most synthetic fabrics. Go for light colors, too. Black tends to absorb more heat, so definitely this is not the time to flaunt your little black dress.
4. Take cool baths whenever you can (if water is not a problem, that is!)
5. Occasionally spritz your face and arms with hydrating spray. Hydra Mist from All Organics is a great find. It cools, hydrates and soothes the skin – a perfect companion when you are out in the sun. What’s more, it’s organic. It contains lemongrass distillate, witchazel, cucumber, aloe vera, peppermint, and absolutely no chemicals!
6. Improvise your own airconditioning system. Have a bowl of ice in front of the electric fan and let the fan to blow on you.
7. Eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content and stay away from fatty foods as much as you can.
8. Keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you can’t avoid it, make sure to protect yourself with sunblock (look for chemical-free sunscreen with spf 15 or 30) and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

So, there…

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