A pale person’s guide to surviving summer.
How to style out your heat rash for summer.
Ahhh, summer. We’re well and truly into it now. It’s here, and it has brought all of its friends—sangria-soaked patios, long weekends at the cottage, expensive swimwear you can’t actually get wet—with it. The joys of this season are obvious and many, but none are as dear to me as my perpetual summer companion: heat rash.
A ginger Indoor Kid, I became familiar with heat rash (and its gentler cousin, sunburn, and its less-gentle cousin, extreme sunburn) at a young age. Now I know that if I plan to be outdoors for more than 30 minutes, I should also plan for heat rash. And plan I shall. In the past, this included Grey Gardens- style full-coverage outfits and scarves, expensive potions, creams and unguents and attempting to make “recluse” a cute vibe. No more. I will not hide from who I am: a woman who can’t be out in the sun. If you are prone to Indoor Kid maladies, like grass allergies, sun sensitivity or gluten intolerance, know this: This is our summer. Here’s how to style out your blotchy red shoulders, neck and nose: Colour Block, Face- First Talk about a life hack: Spend a few pleasant hours engaged in an outdoor activity and your seasonal “pop of colour” is taken care of. What’s navy and white and red all over? You giving Taylor Swift’s vintage-y nautical summer style a run for its money in some cute navy shorts, a white button-down shirt and a puffy red visage. Pair this with a red hairband for a look that says “Trust me, this is intentional.” Very chic. “Extreme Strobing” with Aloe Vera Everyone knows that strobing (strategically highlighting areas of the face) is the new contouring. It’s a lighter, dewy look for summer that emphasizes shimmer and shine on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow and brow arch. Sure, this is typically done with a highlighting product, but who’s to say you can’t achieve a thicker, goopier version of the same look with soothing aloe vera from a tube you keep in your purse? If anyone asks, tell them you are very organic these days and really appreciate “nature’s highlight.”
Colour- coordinate with your chub rub
Just because your face, arms and décolleté are red, inflamed and sore doesn’t mean the rest of your body can’t be! Your thighs will be keen to get in on the rash-based fun. The painful rash of their dreams is only a trip to the beach away: Simply take a dip in the lake, ocean or paddling pool, roll around in the sand and then pop on your jean shorts before you’ve fully dried. Take a long walk on the boardwalk (or in circles in your backyard) and—voila!—you’ve got angry, itchy chub rub to pair with your sunburn. Rebrand Is it a heat rash, or is it a “warm glow”? Are you peeling from a second-degree sunburn or enjoying the exfoliating effects of a spa-grade Ozone Peel? Are you angry-red or sun-kissed? The only thing holding you and your stinging clavicles back is your vocabulary. The world’s your oyster, Indoor Kids. Now get out there!* n * Carefully! Wear sunscreen!