Beat the heat with fi­nesse…

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Leisure -

IT’S blaz­ing hot these days and be­lieve me; noth­ing is as dif­fi­cult as get­ting your­self swagged up for 33 de­gree Cel­sius weather.

You just can’t seem to get it right be­cause you’re try­ing to get your­self as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble other­wise you’ll be mis­er­able in your dis­com­fort all day long.

I thought win­ter was bru­tal but this heat mur­der­ing!

In try­ing to get com­fort­able, most of us are los­ing the plot. I was just out of it the other day and re­alised how bad it was when a col­league said, “You’re now wear­ing T-shirts and flip-flops to work”.

Of course I wasn’t in a T-shirt and flip-flops, technically speak­ing, but her point was you’re not look­ing as good as you should, in spite of the heat.

Be­fore I even think of wear­ing a but­ton up blouse or shirt, I’m al­ready fret­ting about closed shoes.

Peep toes won’t even cut it; they’re as bad as court shoes. And let’s be re­al­is­tic, how many of us own at least three pairs of strappy high heels?

The heat even causes your feet to swell, once you re­move the shoes — get­ting them back on is a has­sle and a half. They’ll go back on but they’ll be so tight you can barely walk.

And for the gents, hav­ing to wear a pair of socks, tie and blazer must be a night­mare! But you know what they say — a gen­tle­man knows no weather.

There’s not much you can do about the weather but you can try and make a few ad­just­ments that’ll ease things up a lit­tle bit for you.

The way you dress can go a long way to­wards keep­ing you com­fort­able in this swel­ter­ing heat. The white linen shirt ev­ery male movie star wears on the beach isn’t just fash­ion­ably con­scious; it’s also in­tel­li­gent for hot, sunny days.

Dark cloth­ing ab­sorbs more heat, and tight clothes don’t let sweat — your body’s nat­u­ral cool­ing sys­tem — evap­o­rate. Try to re­mem­ber this when­ever you’re get­ting dressed. If you want to have a less crappy day un­der the sun, avoid dark coloured cloth­ing and pieces that won’t let is your skin breathe.

You need to try and keep your skin dry other­wise you might find your­self nurs­ing rashes and skin in­fec­tions as a re­sult of ex­ces­sive sweat­ing.

Dresses are such a clever in­vest­ment for times like these — they go on easy and let in air through all the right places. Make them your best friend and if you don’t al­ready own any — put them on your bud­get for the next time you go out shop­ping.

Sun­glasses are chic and func­tional. They pre­vent harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) rays from scorch­ing your corneas and pro­tect your eyes for many more sum­mers to come.

Choose sun­glasses that block 90 to 100 per­cent of UV rays. It might be a long shot maybe, but if you can af­ford it, don’t set­tle for those $5 sun­glasses sold by the street cor­ner — they might hurt your eyes over time.

Un­like eight-inch high heels at the park, a hat is smart sum­mer fash­ion. Throw­ing on a wide-brimmed hat pre­vents UV rays from hit­ting the sen­si­tive spots on your face and keeps your skin look­ing young and wrin­kle-free.

Noth­ing knocks good days off a sum­mer cal­en­dar like nasty sun­burn. When out­doors, use sun­screen with an SPF rat­ing of at least 15. Use a higher-rated, wa­ter­proof sun­screen if you’ll be un­der the sun for pro­longed pe­ri­ods.

Don’t for­get to cover ar­eas that burn eas­ily such as the nose, ears, shoul­ders, and the back of the neck. I know most of us don’t think we need sun­screen nei­ther do we value its pur­pose but be­lieve me when I say whether you’re yel­low bone or choco­late brown, you need sun­screen.

Just like sun­screen pro­tects the rest of your skin, a lip balm with SPF pro­tec­tion blocks out the sun and locks in mois­ture for your lips.

There’s a lot to do when the weather is right: fam­ily pic­nics, end­less hours on the golf course, or loung­ing in your back­yard ham­mock. Un­for­tu­nately, too much fun in the sun can be dan­ger­ous. Ex­ces­sive heat ex­po­sure can cause de­hy­dra­tion, which in turn can cause dan­ger­ous con­di­tions such as heat cramps, heat ex­haus­tion, and heat stroke.

No mat­ter what your plans are, com­bat­ing the toll of the heat and sun on your body will keep you healthy and ac­tive.

Un­til next week, flaunt your pat­tern and style and don’t for­get to catch up with me on Twit­ter han­dle @ Yolis­swa, visit my blog, www.stay­ or like my Face­book page Pat­tern & Style.

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