With the summer sun beating down and the heat getting to us, this time of year can get very stressful. Dealing with the awful weather, the sunburns, the constant tiredness and all other ‘summer symptoms’ can definitely leave you feeling frazzled. While there isn’t much one can do about the weather, except maybe head to the mountains for the season, we can help you out with a few essential tips to beat the heat!
Shade those eyes!
While some consider sunglasses to be little more than a fashion accessory, it’s actually essential to put on a pair if you’re going to be out in the sun. Skin around the eyes is the most sensitive part of your face, and a pair of dark tinted shades is your best bet to ensure that you’re well protected. Be careful when choosing a pair of sunglasses, because there are a couple of key points to keep in mind. Don’t look only at the style quotient, though it is important that they look good on you, and fit well. Make sure your sunglasses protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation, a major contributor to eye disease. Glasses that give 99-100% protection from UVA and UVB rays are a good choice, but the best option for eye protection is using glasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses offer a 100% protection from UV rays as well as from glare. So when you’re shopping for a pair of sunnies, think style, but keep these pointers in mind as well!
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is, of course, to minimize sun exposure. And the best way to keep the rays away from your face is to wear a hat. A wide brimmed one is the best choice, since it ensures that your face stays out of direct sunlight most of the time. Wearing a hat can bring down the risk of skin cancers as well as reduce signs of premature ageing. It’s not just the face, but the hair and neck also get added protection when you wear a hat. This is probably the most inexpensive yet effective way to protect yourself from the hot sun. So the next time you’re heading out, don’t forget to hat up!
Soaring temperatures can leave your body dehydrated, and you may not even realise it as you work all day along. So the best thing to do is to keep a bottle of water handy, and keep sipping on it (even if you don’t feel thirsty). If water isn’t satisfying your taste buds then there are a whole range of drinks that are summer specials and perfect for the season. Fruit juices like watermelon, papaya, and of course, the traditional lemonade, are perfect for the summer. Along with the high water content and great taste, fruit juices are full of minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body. Another great option is buttermilk! Whether you like it sweet or salty, this mix of water and yoghurt has great cooling properties, and will leave your body better equipped to beat the heat! Of course, if you can’t get your hands on any of these, the local nariyal pani vendor, which seem to be on every street in summer, is always there to quench your thirst with some coconut water!
Watch what you eat!
While the summer sun can leave us hungry and tired, and ready to dig into whatever comes our way, it’s important to watch what you eat in the hot months. Stay away from fried and spicy foods, as these will only cause your body to produce more heat. Try sticking to cooling foods like bananas, watermelons, sugarcane and other seasonal foods; broccoli, cauliflower, corn and tomatoes and other foods that have a cooling effect are great choices.
So if you’re feeling a bit too overexposed and overheated this season, keep these basic points in mind to sail through the season with ease! - Elizabeth