With the second (of what we expect to be many) heatwave of the summer hitting us this week, here are our top tips for staying cool.
Wear the right clothes – natural fibres are critical as you skin can breathe. Ditch the synthetics. Wear loose clothing. If you work in an environment where smart business attire is the norm, your employer will be feeling the heat too, so ask for dress down. We laughed yesterday as one guy in the city was told not to wear shorts, so came back in a dress!! No plastic on your feet – just melts your tootsies, so keep those feet cool with sandals or cotton socks and leather.
Cool down points – Dip your hands up to your writs into cold water for an immediate cool down. Same with feet. An icepack wrapped in a tea towel around your neck is another great way of keeping cool.We know these are not possible when in a work environment, but end of day, it is a good way to cool down.
Sleeping – We would all love to have air conditioning, but likely 99.99% of us do not. Have your fan on but here’s the trick – dampen down a top sheet with cold water (not so it’s dripping wet) and just before getting into bed, put the damp sheet over you (it will feel chilly at first), but you will be able to sleep especially if you have a fan. Your body heat will dry the sheet by morning but with these very hot night temperatures, you might have to dampen the sheet again during the night. Tried and tested in the heat of the African bush!
Our furry friends – please don’t forget your pets – from cold water (pop ice cubes into the bowls) to fans. Our two long-haired furry mascots have a fan and are lying on cold bathroom tiles.
Keep drinking water – we know you hear it all the time – keep hydrated – but in this heat, it truly is important. Drink twice as much as you think you need, if you’re not a fan of plain water, try adding some sliced strawberries or citrus to your water to add some natural delicious flavour.
Keep eye on the elderly – if your neighbours are elderly, or living along, be a good neighbour and knock on the door and check they are OK. Remember, it could be your granny or great aunt.
Do not go outside in the midday sun – we know that the sun is at its strongest midday, but mid-summer means high levels of UV all day, so stay out of the sunlight from 11am through to at least 4pm and wear high protection sun screen. Don’t be fooled.
We know that it’s fab to get a few rays, but not at the expense of painful sunburn and sun damage. It’s not worth it!
Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx