“Oh, that scorching heat! Even the fan is blowing off hot air after being turned on ‘5’ — the highest speed!”
If you aren’t already dreading the incessant heat and the season of constant sweating, get prepared to face the warmest year ever. A combined effect of global warming and the unusual warming of the Pacific ocean, this will be the fourth warmest year in a row.
If this hasn’t been already alarming, summer brings with it plenty of health and lifestyle problems that include skin conditions and extreme heat exhaustion. As the mercury hits a higher degree every passing day, here’s how you can make the most of summer without worrying about the sun breathing down on your neck.
#1. Thirsty? You’re already dehydrated.
Goes without a saying, drink plenty of fluids. It’s a good idea to stay hydrated through the day rather than gulping down the entire bottle in one go. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to brave the sweltering heat.
#MojoTip: Enjoy a cold glass of flavored water by adding mint leaves, lemon/orange rinds or honey to your water to instantly replenish lost energy.
#2. Give a hoot, have more fruit!
We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that cold glass of fizzy beer or cola is bad for you during summers. While it may seem like a refreshing beverage, it affects your body’s core temperature leading to exhaustion and lethargy. Instead, stock up that fridge on seasonal fruits and veggies for that added dose of health benefits. Don’t forget to chill those mangoes in the refrigerator for a pleasing dessert. If you don’t have one yet, here’s the quickest and simplest way.
#MojoTip: Seasonal fruits like mangoes, berries, tomatoes, oranges, and watermelon are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Fresh nimbu-paani, anyone?
#3. Where’s the food?
For a generation that doesn’t cook too often and relies on a lot of unhealthy food to survive through the day, summers can be awful. Eating a heavy meal or choosing to opt for junk food will only lead to more heat build-up in your body. Instead, opt for leafy salads or foods that are high in water content to cool yourself down naturally.
#MojoTip: Start the day with juicy fruits like watermelon or peaches. Progress through the day with summer greens, corn or cucumber that have a ‘cooling effect’ on your body.
#4. A fabric of summer heaven
Looks like it’s finally time for that summer dress! Avoid wearing silk, woolen or polyester-based fabrics as it can get super clammy and uncomfortable when you sweat. Put on cotton clothing for its superior absorbent and breathable superpowers! Summer clothing can be especially tough considering the constant laundry routines and hassles. Try this to for a fresh new clothing experience.
#MojoTip: Try pastels or light-colored loose clothing with a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses to perfect your Goa-ready summer look!
#5. Ban the tan!
Your skin is more prone to tanning, sunburns, pimples, heat rashes, and even blemishes because of the constant sweating and pollution in the air. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, your skin is bound to become excessively oily or dry because of the weather. Make it a cardinal rule to exfoliate, moisturize and apply sunscreen every time you step out. Opt for a UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or SPF 70 for maximum protection.
#MojoTip: Rosewater is a natural coolant and skin toner. Use it to cleanse your face every time you step in at home. Also, chill it in the refrigerator and use it as you need. Ah, thandaaaa!
#6. Turn on for freshness
Fives minutes out of the shower and you’re already sweating like you’re in Thar desert. Staying fresh is undoubtedly the biggest challenge during summers, and it’s the worst when you have to deal with unpleasant body odor. Start by showering twice and opting for that glorious menthol shampoo and a good anti-bacterial soap. Follow up with a vial of cooling perfume or deodorant with anti-perspiration to stay fresh all day.
#MojoTip: Sweat and moisture can attract bacteria and germs. Add a tablespoon of antiseptic liquid like Dettol when washing to preserve freshness and kill bacteria present on sweaty clothes.
#7. Lights, curtains, sleep!
It’s time to say goodbye to that winter look at your abode. Let’s welcome those brighter shades of fabric in your homes. Besides improving the ambiance and feel of your room, lighter shades don’t trap heat and encourage air circulation. Make sure you keep the curtains closed during the day to prevent heat build-up in the room. If you’re thinking of buying an air conditioner or air cooler for the summers but dread the cost of ownership for such a short period of time, here’s a better alternative.
#MojoTip: Stick to the cooler parts of the day like early mornings or late evenings. Avoid going out from 11 AM to 3 PM when the sunlight is at it’s hottest peak!
Happy summer, folks!