Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Heatwave Edit: How to Stay Cool

Here in London we've been enjoying a heatwave for at least the last week, and whilst I am definitely not complaining about the glorious sun, the accompanying humidity is definitely a little hard to bear whilst you're out and about trying to go about your day, whilst still looking chic.

Pregnancy and sticky humidity definitely do not mix so I have a vested interest in trying to stay cool, calm and collected! As I've been searching for ways to stay chilled, I thought I might share some tips with you too...

1. Stay Hydrated
First things first, make sure you are hydrated from the inside out. I know it's an obvious one but good old H20 will do the trick nicely. If you find regular water boring, make it more summery by adding cucumber, mint leaves, lemons, limes or orange slices, for a refreshing twist.

Healthy, flavoured water - image from Healthy Food Place
2. Spritz Yourself
If I'm out and about in the sun, I really start to feel the heat affecting my face and head, perhaps turning an unattractive shade of red, developing a heat headache or just generally feeling hot and bothered. A good way to cool down I've discovered is to to keep a facial spritz handy. The one I've been reaching for is Caudalie's Beauty Elixir, which, as well as cooling you down smoothes features, tightens pores and gives the complexion a burst of radiance! For a simpler, budget option, try La Roche Posay's thermal spring water spray.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £9.95, 30ml
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray, £4.00

3. Stay Protected
SPF - three very important letters to remember in order to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays and to avoid premature ageing. For your face, moisturise with at least SPF15 or higher, and if bits of your body are going to be exposed, slather on some SPF all over, not forgetting your hands. I'd go for at least SPF 30 for body usage, but upping the factors if you have sun sensitive skin on both your body and face. I'm loving Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF30 (£8.00) for body, and La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Light (£16.50) for face. Don't forget to coat your lips in a lip balm containing SPF, as burnt lips are the most painful!

Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF30
La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Light
4. Keep your feet cool
Just as your face and head get hot, your feet will no doubt feel hot and bothered and might even swell up. Make sure you're wearing shoes or sandals, with enough room to breathe. At the end of the day, shower your feet with cold water or spritz with a cooling foot spray. I've been loving Liz Earle's Foot Spritzer, featuring nine essential oils and the perfect way to cool down my burning feet!

Liz Earle Foot Spritzer, £7.75
5. Switch to Shorts for zzz's
Instead of baking at night in your normal PJ's, opt for a pair of shorts ones in breathable cotton. Forget getting into bed, sleep on top of your duvet and cover yourself in a cotton sheet if you get a bit chilly. You might even want to invest in a fan, if you're not getting enough air from opening windows.

There are lots of cute shorts PJ's in Tesco right now - pick up a pair next time you do your weekly shop! Here are the PJ's keeping me cool at night:

Run Away With Me Shorts PJ's, £5.00 for set, Tesco
When you're out and about, switch from your normal winter leathers to a printed tote or straw basket and remember to always carry a bottle of water, your facial spritz, your sunglasses and perhaps even a straw trilby.

Happy Summer!


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