Ireland is already experiencing the beginning of a heatwave this week and the mercury is set to rise even further in the run up to the weekend with the good weather expected to remain until Sunday.
Whilst the hotter temperatures are great, it can be tricky staying cool and comfortable. For one most homes in Ireland are without air conditioning and secondly we are just not accustomed to going about our daily lives in the heat. Luckily there are several ways to beat this heat. From staying skin safe to keeping cool and hydrated with Clinique, here are some great tips if you are enjoying the sunshine at home or plan to travel abroad soon.
Despite constant reminders to wear SPF even on cloudy days, we are all guilty of leaving the house without it. SPF is a must in order to protect skin from burning, long term harm and premature aging.
Choose a high SPF, factor 30 or above, with both UVA and UVB properties. A water-resistant SPF is great as it can lasts longer. But be sure to reapply throughout the day, especially if swimming or hopping in and out of the pool.
Don’t forget to take care of your eyes too. The skin around our eyes is most sensitive. Plenty of great quality sunglasses are available now with polarisation to prevent glare and UVA and UVB protection.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking lots of water and keeping hydrated is always a great way to stay cool in the heat. It is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water daily, but when the weather is hotter, fluid intake is even more essential.
If you find it difficult to drink large volumes of water, then try some alternatives. You can get hydration from fruits and vegetables with a high-water content such as melon, pineapples, berries and salads.
Stay fresh and hydrated
After a day in the sun skin can feel dry and tight. Make sure your skin is getting hydration from both inside and outside. Use a really hydrating moisturiser such as Clinique Moisture Surge to keep skin soft and supple.
Throughout the day spritz skin with a mist. You can fill a spritz bottle with chilled water or use your favourite facial mist. Another top tip is to keep some of your favourite skincare products in the fridge so it is cool and refreshing when you apply.
You can also keep yourself cool by wearing loose, natural fabrics like cotton or linen. This is especially important at night, light and breathable fabrics and bedding will leave you’ll feeling more refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
Keep the house cool
You first instinct when the sun shines may be to open every door, window and curtain in the house. But this just allows the heat in and causes it to build up during the day. Instead keep curtains closed during peak temperatures and keep window at night to let the cool air once the temperatures dip slightly.
The hot weather won’t be around for long, so follow these simple steps to staying cool and hydrated and make the most of it while it lasts.