A heat wave has hit in Toronto and the surrounding area. The heat can be pretty unbearable at times, so here are some tips on staying cool in the heat.
Wear natural fibers
While I'm sure most of us would like to go around wearing nothing at all, but if you need to go out in public, try wearing natural fibers that will keep you cool. Try silks, linens, and cotton. Not only do they absorb the sweeat away from the body, they allow the body to breathe. Synthetic fibers tend to leave one feeling sticky and sweaty because they don't wick the moisture away from the body. Also try looser fitting clothing.
Drink lots of water
This is really obvious, but sometimes you can forget to pack enough water for the day. Keeping hydrated will keep you cool. Eat lots of juicy fruits like grapefruit and watermelon.
Refresh the skin with flower water
If you are using natural skin care that includes flower water toner (such as Fable Natural Rose or Lavender Water), put it in the fridge and spritz it on throughout the day to cool the skin. Wipe away sweat to prevent clogged pores. Alternatively, you could fill a spritzing bottle with water and put it in the fridge.
If you feel like stepping into a freezer, the next best thing you can do is put a pillow or blanket in the freezer for ten minutes and hug it to let the coolness transfer to you This works best with natural fibers and feather pillows.
Eat (frozen) dessert first.
Eating dessert first is not what I would normally recommend, but when it's this hot out, there isn't much appetite anyways. In New York, Tasti D Lite is having a special deal for today only, check them out here.
Cold water compress
Fill a basin with cold water, soak a cotton flannel and apply it to the skin. Add a few drops of bath oil from Dr. Hauschka to make it a real treat. Try Lemon or Lavender for a truly refreshing feel.