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This summer the heat has gone beyond ice cream and iced drinks. Its seems to be lasting forever.  Look what happened to the Arch in St. Louis. lol  (Means “I’m laughing out loud” in grandkid’s language.)

(For you all in the southern hemisphere, I suggest that you put this in you “save” file.  You’re turn will come.)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that my tolerance for heat is getting much worse.    I really feel caged in if the windows are closed and the air-conditioning has to be on all the time. My makeup won’t stay on my face and my hair is just too hot.   From the complains of my friends, I know that I’m not alone in this dilemma.

How not to Look Overheated

Let’s start with Hair.  That’s easy.  Cut it short.  Let the wind in and your neck free.

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Goodhousekeeping.com had a posting on tips for summer makeup based on the suggestions of makeup artists. Product recommendations are included in the article.

      • Use a primer after your moisturizerbut before face makeup to help hold you makeup in place.
            • Switch to tinted moisturizer instead of heavier foundation to look and feel airier on skin. For blemishes or areas of redness around your nose, brush powder foundation over the tinted moisturizer for a little extra coverage.
      • If you feel that you must use a bronzer, to look natural apply it just to the high points of your face—forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose—where the sun naturally hits you.  Put a bit onto your neck and earlobes especially if you have short hair or a pony¬tail. Use powder bronzers with varying shades that swirl together and a brush with long, loose, fluffy bristlesto avoid too much color.
            • Try out vibrant color such as a punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks but experiment with just one area of your face at a time.
      • To eliminate  shine and perk up your makeup, use blotting papers  followed up with a dusting of pressed powder with a hint of luminescence.
            • Instead of thick lipsticks, use a clear or tinted lip balms balm or skip lipstick altogether.
      • Instead of eye cream on your lids, smooth on an eye primerto minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to last longer.
            • Try a waterproof version of you favorite mascara on the tips of your lashes over you regular mascara to boost its staying power.
      • To lighten up for summer, switch to sheer versions of your lip and eye hues. Try an “invisible” lipliner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding.

Even more important the older you get is keeping yourself safe during periods of summer heat.

How Hot is it Going to be?

Over the years, I’ve found that, to survive long period of hot (or, for that matter, cold) weather, it is best to be prepared. There are many good weather forecasting websites.

I use Google search but you can use anyone you want. Enter weather  and your city.  For example, I entered

weather minnetonka

I got the present conditions in Centigrade and Fahrenheit (click on the C or the F) and a mini four-day forecast.  It also suggested that I look for more details at

the weather channel

weather underground

accuweather

These three sites can give you the weather around the world.  I have had the most experience with the Weather Channel. Not only does it have lots and lots of information presented in an attractive format but also you can download  free desktop weather so that you have the temperature on your screen at all times.

What is hot?   I think that “hot” varies greatly from individual to individual both physically and psychologically and depending on the humidity and for the  length of the heatwave. In other words, hot depends on you.

It is important that you know the point at which you should seek relief from the heat.  For me, hot is when I turn red and start sweating profusely.

The Mayo Clinic, an outstanding website for medical information, says that heat stroke is “predictable and preventable”.

Dress for the hot weather by wearing light-colored, loose-fitting and lightweight clothing. I think you also should be aware of what fabrics are most comfortable for you. For example, I can wear only cotton in the heat.

Drink plenty of fluids so that your body can sweat and thus can maintain a normal body temperature.

Be aware of any heat-related problems that can be caused by your medications and take extra precaution.

Never leave children, pets, you or anyone else in a parked car in hot weather for any period of time; even if the windows are open a crack or the car is in the shade.

Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.

Be cautious if you’re at increased risk.

      • Most important: Stay in air-conditioning as much as possible.

Another outstanding medical information site is medicinenet.com  They look at the problem of surviving the heat without an air-conditioned home.

 

To create more air circulation throughout your home, use box fans and ceiling fans.

        • In the cooler evenings, open all windows and promote as much air circulation as possible.
        • When the sun heats up, close all doors and windows as well as the curtains and blinds to keep the indoors cooler.
        • When the outside air cools to a lower temperature than inside again open up the windows and turn on the fans.

Water has a cooling effect. Take cool showers or baths. Use a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes. Soak your feet in cold water. Place wet towels and bandannas on your neck, shoulders and head.

When I go out into the heat, I take a small beverage bottle of frozen water in a plastic bag not to drink but to put next to my neck to cool-off.  I also carry a large handkerchief  to dab at my perspiration and to moisten with the water from the bottle and place on my head if I really am overheated.

Go to the cooler basement during the midday heat.

Reduce the number of extra sources of heat such as incandescent light bulbs, computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to using the oven or stove.

For a homemade “air conditioning” system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan, filled with ice.

Remember that pets also suffer from the heat. Cool animals (by giving them a “cool” bath or shower, laying a cool towel on a tile floor or placing a cool towel   over its skin and putting the pet next to a fan. Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink. Know the signs of a heat stroke in your pet.

Avoiding Feeling Bored and Caged In

There is not much that we can do about changing the weather.   Get outside when you can.

When this is impossible, think of it as an opportunity to “hang out” inside.

Invite friends over and not having to serve a heavy hot meal.  How about those ice cream sundaes andiced beverages from earlier this month.

Find all those unfinished projects.  Read all those articles that you have clipped out and books for which you haven’t had time.  

Open up your windows and air out the house as soon as you feel comfortable with the heat.

The most often repeated summer heat complaint is not being able to sleep soundly often because of have the air-conditioning on—–or not having the air-conditioning on.  If you cannot solve this problem, try to sleep longer once you do fall asleep and take a nap in the afternoon.

As my Mom used to say

This too will pass!!!

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