How to keep cool in a heatwave
News of hot weather can be a reason to celebrate for some people – and we’re here for that. We can get maximum wear out of our summer outfits and ice lollies are an acceptable snack. It’s a win-win!
However, a full-on heatwave requires a shake up to your usual routine – from getting dressed in the morning to how you sleep at night.
Here in the UK, a heatwave is announced when a location meets or exceeds its daily maximum temperature over a period of at least three days.
Last summer, temperatures shot up to just over 40°C, and some days it felt like the tropical conditions would never end.
That’s why this year, it’s a sensible idea to plan ahead for things hotting up. We’ve done the work for you with these top tips, which will help you remain cool and stylish when temperatures rise…
Dress for the hot weather
There’s been much debate on the internet about whether black clothes should be worn in the heat. If you love wearing dark shades, you’ll be pleased to know that according to research it’s a myth black makes you hotter.
The most important thing is to opt for loose fitting clothing, if possible, in natural fabrics such as linen and cotton, which allow skin to breathe.
If you’re after an LBD for summer, try this Alexa Black Puff Ball Dress by Amy Lynn, the skirt is cotton.
We also love this Embroidered Sleeveless Long Dress Ecru, being long, flowing and cotton, it ticks all the boxes for a bright and breezy summer dress.
If you’re looking for a party frock this Lola Purple Puff Ball Dress by Amy Lynn is a cool choice for summer nights.
Stay out of the sun
If you’re able to, it’s wise to stay out of the sun between 11 and 3, as this is when temperatures can be the hottest. If you must be outside, try to find shady spots and wear a stylish wide brimmed hat.
It’s worth getting into the habit of applying sunscreen when you get up. Be mindful that sunshine can penetrate through glass and cause skin damage if you’re not wearing UV protection. Talking of UV protection, make sure you have a selection of shades to call on, we have you covered with these sunglasses.
Keep your home cool
Closing curtains and blinds at home during the day will ensure that rooms stay cooler. According to Good Housekeeping, opening windows when the weather is hot can bring in more heat.
During a heatwave avoid using an oven which will create more warmth, instead opt for salads or use an air fryer.
Another favourite heatwave hack is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan to help circulate cool air, especially helpful at bedtime.
Working from home? Putting your hair up and keeping it off your face can help to keep you cool and looking chic. This beautiful Indonesian Batik Borneo Green Headband is cotton and handcrafted in Bali, it’s sure to be a summer accessory favourite.
Reduce your body temperature
Taking a cool bath or shower can lower your body temperature. Do this before bed to encourage a good night’s sleep. For summer bathing heaven, check out this Rhythm & Reef Bath & Shower Gel by Guava and Gold.
If you’re feeling too hot in the day, dip your feet in an icy bowl of water or footbath. Maximise the experience by looking at a picture or video of a pleasant snowy scene on your phone and remind yourself what it feels like to be cold. As a bonus, studies have shown that looking at images of nature can lower stress levels.
Drink and eat smart
We sweat more when it’s hot, so it’s more important than ever to rehydrate throughout the day. Aim for 6-8 glasses of water, and infuse with chopped lemon or other fruit to add flavour.
Snacking on food containing high levels of water like strawberries, cucumber and melon can also keep you hydrated.
If you need a caffeine hit but can’t face hot drinks, opt for iced coffees and teas. According to the BBC, hot drinks aren’t always a bad idea in a heatwave as they will make you sweat faster and shift excess heat, the same applies for hot and spicy food.
Stay cool and stylish in the heat, and enjoy the summer!