Courtesy of The Raithwaite Estate Spa, N Yorks

Keeping Your Cool In The Heatwave!

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Oh yay! It’s summer and yes, it’s oh so hot! Summer is funtime as we get to play outdoors, take a vacation, dig our toes into the sand and enjoy the coolness of a pool, pond or river.

With British summers being the hottest on record we need to find ways to keep cool at home. I have a few tips that I have adapted from the spa industry:

  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Your body is about 60% water. So keep drinking. Toss a little fruit slice in for some added flavour. My current favourite is a few mint leaves, a dash of lime or a slice of lemon with ice.

Keep the children topping up on water throughout the day. We have had fun making different flavoured ice cubes in fun shapes.

Hydrate your skin too with a fun DIY mask. I love cool cucumber and avocado. Hydrating mist sprays are another way to keep cool and refreshed throughout the day. I recommend buying ones that have Hyaluronic Acid as an added ingredient so this locks the moisture into the skin and prevents the water evaporating.

A number of top holiday destinations have patio sprays which help keep the surrounding air cool -- if you’re at home why not use the sprinkler as the sun goes down. Enjoy splashing and playing in the water spray.

2)  Protect. Protect. Protect

We should be using sunscreen daily, especially during the summertime. We need to be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen and if you are in the full day sun you need to be wearing SPF 30 or higher. The health campaign Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide is iconic and internationally recognisable. Sing along to the jingle when you’re getting your kids ready before you step out into the sun. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat. Seek shade and slide on the sunnies.

3) Cleanse. Cleanse, Cleanse

As we are perspiring more, the skin is detoxify and eliminating toxins, so it’s the perfect opportunity to support your skin with regular weekly exfoliating and masking. Don’t skip an evening cleanse as the skin will need a good cleanse to thoroughly remove traces of sunscreen and perspiration.

Bath time can be cool too, throw in a few of those flavoured ice cubes for fun.

 Written by Kirsty Mawhinney

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