Ice Ice Baby… How To Handle The Humidity
From baltic to balmy. Well, we asked for summer and we got it. Albeit in one day. The humidity is getting to us. Monica, we feel you.
Staying cool and maintaining an emblem of chic is proving to be difficult given these soaring temperatures. It’s all well and good when you’re on holiday, poolside with a mojito and surrounded by strangers, it’s a different ball game when you are trying to work. Well, maybe not trying, but you are at work.
So, with that in mind, here are few gems of wisdom to help you stay cool in this most random of heat waves.
Ice Ice Baby
Drinking lots of water is a no brainer, especially in the heat. Mix it up a little though and make some flavored ice cubes. Berries are delicious and slices of lime or lemon are particularly refreshing, mint is even better, especially with ice tea.
Side note: If you haven’t been slapping on that SPF (what is wrong with you?!) then this will help. Keeping some aloe vera gel in the fridge is a good idea during the summer, but preparing some aloe vera ice cubes is a complete game changer. Squeeze some of the gel (as organic as you can get – Holland and Barrett’s Dr. Organic is a good option) into an ice cube tray and pop in the freezer. If you’ve been caught out in the sun without sun cream and feeling the sting then gently rub an aloe vera cube over the sunburn to cool and soothe.
Literally. My face is melting off. Primer or no primer, the war paint is slowly sliding off and it does not look good. Step forward the face mist. Once up on a time, I thought face mists were a con but now, I am forever beholden to Mario Badescu. This rosewater facial spray contains some precious aloe vera as well as other herbal goodness to hydrate and refresh yo’ face. Au contraire, this doesn’t disturb your make-up. In fact, Kylie Jenner uses it to set hers. And we can all agree that Kylie knows a thing or two about face painting.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is another favourite although the bottle is a little heavy for carting around. That being said, it smells divine! The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist is also highly recommended as is their Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist. Some folk (Victoria Beckham) rave about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir although I’m not so fond of the scent of this, in my humble opinion.
Naturally, being the Francophile I am, I do love a spritz of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. It sounds like a con, but trust me, for particularly sensitive skin, this is a life saver, it’s just oh-so-soothing.
Fight the Frizz
Story of my life. Alas, natural beauty plays no part here. It’s all about the products. These are vital to handling the humidity. OGX Beauty have this amazing range of Kukui Oil shampoo, conditioner, curl cream and anti-frizz hydrating oil. Unreal. For fine hair, you might want to think twice about using this but for anyone with curls or a natural wave, this stuff is top notch.
Take care when washing and towel drying your hair. Do not scrub. Gently massage your scalp and even more gently, pat you hair dry with a towel; even better if you use a soft piece of material. I’m not even kidding, lest you anger the cuticles. Before drying your hair, ensure you have popped in some leave-in-conditioner or applied a light, weightless oil or serum. Dry your hair 100%, if it’s the slightest bit damp before you leave the house, humidity will attack. Before you begin styling, blast your hair with some cool air to relax your hair and give it a rest from all the heat. Then, opt for a chic bun or slicked back pony to combat the exposure from the elements.
Stay cool, y’all.
Over and out.