Lifestyle

How to stay looking and feeling fresh when the heat is on

Make sure you relax in the shade and avoid excess sun exposure, as you are exposing your skin to extreme UV rays and risking heat exhaustion.
Make sure you relax in the shade and avoid excess sun exposure, as you are exposing your skin to extreme UV rays and risking heat exhaustion. Erik Palmer

GET ready for more scorching summer conditions, weather forecasters say.

That means high heat and high humidity, which poses a number of health and beauty challenges.

Follow our 10 tips to keep your cool and to look good.

 

1. Exercise early morning or late evening

Get up at 6am and get your morning walk or run done, or exercise after dinner.

Alternatively, choose a gym that is air-conditioned. Running at midday, in the high heat, is madness.

You are exposing your skin to extreme UV rays and risking heat exhaustion that can cause fatigue, headache, nausea and vomiting.

If this does happen to you, the National Safety Council recommends sitting or lying in the shade, drinking cool water, gently applying wet towels and calling for medical help if needed.

 

2. Go natural

Natural fibres, in your clothing and bedding, will help you feel cooler and sweat less.

Polyesters and other manmade textiles, unless they are sports fabrics designed to absorb sweat, will just make you hot and sticky.

Go for lighter colour clothes too, rather than dark shades that can absorb the heat.

 

3. Get a fan

Tossing and turning at night can deplete energy and looks.

Try using a fan in your bedroom to keep you cool.

It's a cheap and effective alternative to air-conditioning, which can dry skin out.

 

4. Eat lighter foods

Focus on multi-coloured, antioxidant-rich salads and ditch richer, or heavier dishes.

Pop fruit in the fridge and go for a cool treat in the heat of the day or evening.

 

5. Invest in a broad-brimmed hat you love

You'll be lowering your skin cancer risk and helping prevent premature aging.

It must have a broad brim though, none of these trendy little pork pie hats.

Try Bright Eyes or Sportsgirl in Lismore for great hats.

 

6. Melt-proof your make-up

Switch to waterproof formulas to keep make-up where it belongs.

 

7. Buy the best sun protection you can afford

Go for the highest factor you can find, and apply plenty of it.

Make sure it's a formula based on titanium dioxide or zinc, not chemicals.

Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $18.95, combines the benefits of a moisturiser and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a hint of foundation colour.

Don't forget about covering your arms and legs too with a high-factor sunblock.

 

8. Use an anti-frizz product on your hair

With so many great products on the market these days to deal with frizz, there's no reason to suffer from dry, flyaway hair, according to bhave's technical & creative director Neil Cleminson.

The worse thing you can do, in this heat, is blow dry or straighten already stressed hair without a protective product.

 

9. Drink up

You really need to keep your fluids up in the heat and that doesn't mean beer or wine, although a little is fine.

Chilled water, juice or even iced tea are good choices.

Drink before you get thirsty - keep a jug of water on your desk and fill your glass during the day.

 

10. Change your moisturiser

Try Nivea's Naturally Even Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15 to reduce shine and provide lasting moisture.

It also helps to reduce skin discolouration, while UV filters and vitamin E protect the skin from further pigmentation for healthy skin.

For men, Natio offers an Oil Free Moisturiser, $13.95.

 

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