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Article by Jess Weller | 26th July 2018

Hot Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

As the temperature across the country rises, here’s our top tips on keeping as cool as a cucumber and staying safe.

Instant cool down

If you’re struggling with the heat and need an instant cool down, place your hands or feet in a bowl of cold water.

Avoid the hottest part of the day

Between 11am-2pm is when the sun is at its strongest and hottest so try avoiding being out and about during this time or keep to the shade.

Shut the curtains

Keeping the curtains closed during the day stops your home turning in to a greenhouse (especially if you have thermal ones).

Keep hydrated

Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will help keep your body cool and hydrated.

Eat little and often

Eating a hot and heavy meal is a sure way to increase your body temperature. Try to stick to salads or cold food, especially at lunch when it’s the hottest outside.

Wear your hair up

Wear loose and light clothing

Plus dark colours if you are out in the sun.

Protect your eyes

The skin on your eyelids is so thin that it doesn’t block the UV rays from the sun, so ensure you have good quality sunglasses with UV protection.

Use sun cream – and use it right

Suncream is like toothpaste, if you don’t use it right you might as well not use it at all. For tips on staying safe visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

Images: Jess Weller

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