Darlings-hot weather is here again, and before long even our own hair and skin will seem too hot to endure. Obviously, having short hair will help greatly in keeping you cooler and more comfortable, especially if your hair is thick. But as you well know, even sporting a cute, short, 'do doesn't guarantee you'll stay cool this summer. What to do??
Well, as usual, your loving Diva has some answers to help you cool down! Try some (or all) of them and see if your outlook doesn't improve.
Treats From the Freezer
Of course, these treats are not to eat, but to help keep you cool. Get yourself a couple of terrycloth headbands, soak them in water, and wring them out. Put them in the freezer. On those unbearably hot days when you simply have to do the grocery shopping, run errands, etc. in the blazing sun, pop one of these frozen babies on to keep a cool head!
If you or your kids favor Popsicles, hang on to those sticks. Fill an icetray or a few paper cups with water, and prop the Popsicle sticks up in them. Once they are frozen, pop them out use them as an instant handheld "ice wand" to rub on the back of your neck, your forehead, etc.
When you're traveling, keep a wet washcloth sealed in a ziplock bag (you can also add a few icecubes to keep them cooler, or simply keep them in an ice chest) for each person in your party. When the hot n' stickies hit, there's nothing like being able to take a cool, refreshing mini-bath!
Mint-It's Not Just for Juleps Anymore!
Our old friend the mint leaf can greatly help keep you cool in the dog days of summer. Keep yourself a pot of it growing in your kitchen or back porch, or buy some at the grocery store and keep it handy. Add some crushed mint leaves to your lemonade, iced tea, or even bottled water for a refreshing, cooling drink. Some other great cooling ideas using mint follow:
Keep Yourself and Your Pets Safe From Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is also called heat prostration. If you work hard or exercise in hot weather, especially during the hottest hours of the day (10:00am to 2:00pm), it can bring on heat exhaustion. Sweating too much can make your body lose too much salt and water. This makes your temperature rise and heat exhaustion may follow. Older people and children are far more prone to heat exhaustion, and of course, our dear pets. This is because they aren't able to adjust very quickly to changes in the weather.
To prevent heat exhaustion, try not exercise or work hard during the hottest part of the day, and wear loose-fitting, light-weight, light-colored clothing. Protect your head and neck with a hat or umbrella when you are outdoors, and don't forget the sunglasses! Drink plenty of liquids like water, fruit juice, or sport drinks. Take frequent rests in the shade or another cool place. Stay in the air-conditioning whenever possible. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee, and colas as they cause dehydration. Remember to apply sunscreen before every outing, and re-apply after swimming. (The Diva says that there is no wrinkle cream in the world that will remove wrinkles, but wearing sunscreen every day (even on cloudy days) will keep them from forming!)
If you have been out in the heat and feel confused, tired, dizzy, have a headache, upset stomach, vomiting, your skin is cold and wet, these are signs of heat exhaustion which can be very serious. Contact your physician or come into the emergency.
As for pets, never, never, NEVER, under ANY circumstances, leave an animal in a parked car in the summer heat! Keeping a window open will not help. It feels to the animal like being in a hot oven. Beware-the Diva has on many, many occasions called for help for animals in parked cars, causing their owners embarrassment and in some cases, fines. Don't make the Diva angry. Outdoor animals need shade, cool grass to lie in, and PLENTY of cool water. Keep indoor animals indoor with the air-conditioning on, and plenty of cool water available.
Keeping Cool at Home
These tips can help keep you cool at home this summer:
So, there you go-these are the Diva's best tips to keep you cool and comfy on these long summer days. And you shorthairs-remember to keep that 'do trimmed religiously! Not only will it help keep you cool, but you'll look fabulous while others are drooping in the heat.