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Friday, 17 June 2016

Preparing For Summer

With the winter duvet and bedding packed away (sob) I think it's safe to start prepping for the hot summer days. Although the weather currently is a little temperamental, surely summer and warmer days are on their way soon! I've rounded up a few ways below to combat the heat in preparation for Summer, hopefully they'll help to keep me cool and fresh on warm sunny days!

Sleep Better
I'm definitely not a fan of hot summer nights - the constant tossing and turning, sunny 5am wake up calls and windows slammed firmly shut to keep away any bugs, it's not the one. But, I'm pretty prepared this year. Armed with a sleep mask like this cute one for the lighter mornings, a relaxing deep sleep spray and a cool pair of pyjama's, I'm hoping to sleep a little better. Plus I'm planning on catching a few extra zzz's with cheeky weekend naps!

Beauty
The hot weather is a difficult place for thick, heavy products. Let skin breathe a little with a lighter base like a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser. If you prefer a high coverage base, try investing in a cooling fixing spray to keep your make up in place all day.
Cream based products are ideal for summer. Great for easy application and longevity, the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise pots are a favourite pick, with hydrating vitamin e, a lasting formula and soft focus pigments they're ideal for the heat.
Lastly, for a cooling, hydrating fix, pop a misting spray in the fridge to keep fresh throughout the day. A good SPF is essential too.

Keeping your house cool
My flat doesn't like to stay cool in summer, even on the colder days it sticks at 25 degrees inside (the average was 29 on our first year!). As this is now the third summer that we've been here I've managed to pick up a few good tips to keep things cool:
- Plan meals - have a base set of meals that require minimal cooking. My favourites are Cous Cous salads with tofu, veggie hot dogs loaded with avocado and vegan pizzas topped with tons of fresh veggies.
- Make up smoothie packs and pop in the freezer for a quick, nourishing snack or meal.
- Invest in some blackout/thermal curtains, boring but SO worth it.
- Keep curtains closed during the warmest parts of the day to block out the heat of the sun - this makes such a difference to the temperature.

Keep hydrated
This such an important step, even day to day activities in summer can make you super dehydrated!
I like to fill up a huge jug of water, pop in some frozen fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, squeeze in a fresh lemon. Keep it in the fridge and top up your glass to keep hydrated during the day. Snacking on water rich foods like melon, iceberg, cucumber and drinking coconut water can help to up hydration levels too!
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