The hot weather can be great for family outings and pool parties, but keep in mind that it can also require a different approach to dressing, beauty, and safety. The following tips will help you keep cool, healthy, and looking your best on days that rise above 80°.
1. Heavy Hats
Though a hat will shade your face from damaging UV rays (which is a good thing) it will also hold in your own body heat making you even more and susceptible to heat related conditions. Straw type hats, like the ones you see while on vacation are fine because they offer ventilation. If you have to be in direct sunlight, try to find another source of shade like an umbrella or awning.
We have been riding a trend wave of the layered look for some time; however, for a steamy hot day, it’s definitely a don’t. Again, the extra fabric will hold in your natural body heat and render you sweaty and wishing you had chosen another outfit. (Exception: If you work in an office where sleeveless tops are not allowed, you will have to wear a jacket over a lighter piece).
3. Metal Jewelry
I don’t know if you have ever done this, but I have. Wearing metal earrings, bracelets, and necklaces on a scorcher can be hazardous. All metals are vulnerable to the sun’s forging capabilities. The metal heats up and can reach temperatures that will burn your skin. I actually acquired a first degree burn on the back of my neck from a necklace.
4. Too-Tight Clothing
As if the sweltering day wasn’t uncomfortable enough, let’s add a pair of skin-tight jeans and a bust hugging blouse; second thought, let’s not. These items can actually cause hygiene problems in women by trapping in extra moisture – a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. This is the time to think about what people wear in year round hot climates. Cotton or linen loose-fitting pants or Capri’s, flowing dresses, and tropical inspired tunics are among the favorites for those living in or visiting hot areas.
5. Strong Perfume
If you usually wear a strong fragrance, try a more natural one for hot days. Because the heat will increase the effectiveness of the oils in the mixture, either wear less or switch to an essential oil like citrus for a burst of energy. You can even carry a spritzer bottle containing water and a few drops of your oil or tryEcco Bella Mist, Citrus – 8 fl oz; spray it all over whenever you get overheated and need a pick-me-up.
6. Heavy Makeup
I’m not saying ditch your foundation (you need it for protection); just lighten up a little. Either use a tinted moisturizer or a sheer formula on hot days. You will be glad you did when your face starts sweating. If you want to forgo the base, at minimum wear moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. Also, it might be a good idea to use waterproof mascara – just in case you get invited to a pool party. Keep a packet of rice paper for blotting oils and sweat, as well as powder and your other color products for touch-ups.
Hot weather can be dangerous to your health and definitely hazardous to your beauty. Be smart and wear clothing that suits the day and the environment. If you have to be outside for an extended time, drink extra fluids and seek shelter in the shade when you can. Protecting your eyes from UV rays is also important; by wearing good sunglasses, you minimize your chances of getting corneal burns and eye irritation.
Remember your sunscreen, water, and beauty products when you will not be able to go back home for touch-ups. Also, everything I said that applies to you adult women, applies to your children as well. Be especially mindful of their needs in the hot weather; they don’t always tell you when their burning or need water. Stay cool and be well.