Summer in the UK doesn’t mean guaranteed hot weather or even being able to see the sun sometimes. However, when the temperatures do heat up it can feel like everyone around you becomes super confident, strutting their stuff in shorts and strappy tops. If that’s not your bag, that’s absolutely fine, but there are some ways to help yourself feel confident, in whatever you’re wearing.
Keeping yourself hydrated is important all year round, but especially so when it’s warm and you are losing more water through perspiration. Tea and coffee can have a diuretic effect so drinking plenty of water is key. You can perk up your water with lemon, mint or cucumber or try out a fruit and vegetable smoothie with plenty of ice.
Aside from helping you feel at your best, being properly hydrated gives you better skin and helps with digestion. It also helps you to stay focussed and alert, as your mental performance can be affected by just a 1% reduction in your body’s normal water level.
Whilst we’re on the subject of digestion, although the weather may make you not feel like eating (or eating healthily), try to stay away from inflammatory foods that can cause bloating. Broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and onions are big culprits for this, so switch them up for water based veggies like cucumber, spinach and asparagus. Your digestion can also slow down in the heat, meaning heavy foods and red meats in particular take longer to pass through your system.
Being outside in the heat can be uncomfortable, but it’s not always practical to stay indoors. Try to plan ahead and you should minimise the impact. Apply sun cream extensively and regularly, and try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 2pm, as these are the hottest times.
It’s not all about baring your flesh! Stick to one layer of loose fitting clothes, ideally made of cotton or linen as these are the best fabrics to avoid sticky clinging. Lighter colours will reflect the sunlight more than darks. If you are missing your shapewear, look for swimwear and clothing that have built in control panels, as these will be much more comfortable to wear.
Make sure you are wearing comfy shoes which have enough room for your feet to expand slightly, and can be easily taken on and off if necessary. A sun hat can be helpful for protection but make sure it’s not going to make your head hotter – a light scarf and sunglasses can be a better option.
If you do want to wear make-up, switch your usual foundation for a lighter tinted moisturiser or mix foundation with primer to use as a base. You’ll be less likely to experience creasing and melting this way. Use waterproof mascara if you’re going to be anywhere near water, even if you’re not planning to go in!
If you are inside, closing the blinds or curtains can provide shade and you can keep the windows open for the air flow.
Gemma is a mum to two children and is a freelance content writer. She runs Waist Trainer UK and blogs as Mummy’s Waisted, which features family life, parenting and gardening.
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