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Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - Layne Whit­burn

AC­CORD­ING to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, 2016 was Queens­land’s hottest year on record. With all these global warm­ing alarms, beat­ing the heat just keeps get­ting harder and harder – es­pe­cially on the sunny Sun­shine Coast. Luck­ily, we have mapped out 20 ways to sur­vive sum­mer on the Coast. Don’t climb Mount Coolum at lunchtime

Hot air rises, so don’t go climb­ing a moun­tain in the mid­dle of the day. In fact, do­ing any kind of stren­u­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity out­doors be­tween 8am and 4pm is not go­ing to end well. Su­per­size your wa­ter bot­tle

Hy­dra­tion is key, but for many, re­fill­ing your glass eight times be­comes a chore. Go big and carry a 2.2L bot­tle from The Big Bot­tle Co. One bot­tle per day, it is H2O easy. www.the­big­bot­tleco.com.

Get a dose of Frozen Sun­shine

Taste sum­mer with an icy cold treat from lo­cal com­pany Frozen Sun­shine. Us­ing raw in­gre­di­ents like or­ganic coconut milk, sea­sonal fruit, Bel­gian choco­late and real vanilla beans, the team at Frozen Sun­shine blend, juice, poach and roast, caramelise and toast, mix and snap-freeze in­gre­di­ents into de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious ice blocks. www.frozen­sun­shine.com.au. Go fresh

Not only is fresh wa­ter a few degrees cooler, there are plenty of shady rain­for­est creeks to ex­plore on the Sun­shine Coast. Our picks: Gar­dener’s Falls in Maleny, Kon­dalilla Falls in Montville or Coochin Creek in Beer­wah.

Swap cap­puc­cino for frap­puc­cino

Get your caf­feine fix with­out the sweats.

Slip slop slap, or­gan­i­cally

Pro­tect and nour­ish at the same time with Noosa Or­ganic

Skin Care. This lo­cally-made prod­uct con­tains the finest or­ganic and wild-crafted medic­i­nal-qual­ity herbs avail­able. Dou­bling as a sun­screen and mois­turiser, get more bang for your buck and wear your beau­ti­ful, healthy skin with pride. www.noosaor­gan­ic­skin­care.com.au.

Pro­tect your pout

Lo­cally made from a home kitchen in Cur­rimundi, Or­ganic Lip Balm is the per­fect part­ner to fight off sun­burnt, cracked lips. Us­ing only cer­ti­fied or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and the very best an­tiox­i­dants, these purse-sized won­der-sticks con­tain their own nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial, an­ti­fun­gal en­zymes and SPF. www.or­gan­i­clip­balm.com.au.

Eat your SPF

Rock­melon, olive oil and con­sum­ing vi­ta­mins C and E to­gether all show ev­i­dence in boost­ing the skin’s re­sis­tance to UV dam­age.

Sip on red

Sit­ting at the Boat Shed sip­ping a glass of white wine is re­fresh­ing but red wine is heal­ing, thanks to a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring phe­nol found in the skin of red grapes called resver­a­trol. This spe­cial in­gre­di­ent has the power to de­crease red­ness from acute sun­burn.

Zinc up

For a zinc that sticks, get your cheeks un­der some Surf­mud. Af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing for six years and more than 100 dif­fer­ent for­mu­las, Surf­mud is hand­made on the Sun­shine Coast by lo­cal surfers for surfers around the globe. Cre­at­ing an un­match­able cover and hold in the harsh­est of trop­i­cal con­di­tions, the Surf­mud for­mula sub­sti­tutes chemical in­gre­di­ents for nat­u­ral ones so you can fo­cus on get­ting bar­rels not blis­ters. surf­mud.com.

In­vest in a qual­ity swim­suit

Go from beach to bar with­out hav­ing to visit the change room. In­drah Swimwear is a lo­cally-based busi­ness and made for the Sun­shine Coast life­style. Com­bin­ing style with qual­ity, the stun­ning range of re­versible one-pieces pro­vides the eas­i­est out­fit – just throw on some shorts or a sarong and hit the streets. Or re­verse it and you’ve got a com­pletely dif­fer­ent look. www.in­drah­swimwear.com.

Step out in style

Sum­mer shoes don’t have to al­ways be flip-flops. Add some sparkle to your feet and stand pretty in Ankalia’s stun­ning san­dals. www.ankalia.com.

Get blend­ing

Have a smoothie for break­fast and start your day on a re­fresh­ing and healthy note.

Try a face spray

It’s like a shower in a bot­tle. For an in­stant re­fresher, spritz and go.

Take up swim­ming

Or surf­ing, wa­ter ski­ing, kite surf­ing… any wa­ter-based sport and get fit while keep­ing cool.

Night mar­kets

Be­cause it’s too hot to hit the steamy stalls mid-Sun­day morn­ing. Caloun­dra Twi­light Mar­kets are on Fri­day, Jan­uary 20, from 5–9pm.

Out­door din­ner

Avoid heat­ing the house with the oven and fire up the bar­be­cue.

Brew a sun­burn rem­edy

Mix three ta­ble­spoons of plain yo­ghurt, three ta­ble­spoons of aloe vera gel and three drops of laven­der es­sen­tial oil. Ap­ply to sun­burn and leave on for 20–30 min­utes. Rinse with cool wa­ter and re­peat daily un­til the burn set­tles.

Sleep in 100% cot­ton

Due to its unique fi­bre struc­ture, cot­ton is a nat­u­ral and soft ma­te­rial that al­lows the skin to breathe.

Keep your pets cool

Com­plain­ing about the heat? Think about your four-legged friends with an ex­tra coat of fur. Keep them cool by top­ping up the wa­ter bowl, pro­vide ice blocks or a frozen wa­ter bot­tle for your pet to play with, fill a small paddling pool with cool wa­ter, never leave your pet alone in the car, cool your pet down with damp­ened tow­els and only walk in early morn­ings or evenings.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

Pablo, a stafford­shire bull ter­rier, knows when to take a splash.

In­drah Swimwear’s Isla Rose re­versible one-piece in Pea­cock.

PHO­TOS: CONTRIBUTED

Noosa Or­ganic Skin Care dou­bles as a sun­block and mois­turiser.

Surf­mud sun­block sticks when it’s needed.

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