I’ve been in Tokyo, New York, and New Orleans in the past few weeks and the temperature with humidity has been BLAZING hot everywhere I go. Aside from voting for elected officials who believe in science (because global warming is very real), here are a couple of practical things you can do to stay cool in the summer.
Wear airy fabrics
Summer is the time to check the labels of all your clothes, and opt for 100% cotton or linen fabrics whenever possible. Both cotton and linen are breathable natural fibers, and rayon/viscose is a light synthetic material that’s also great in the summer. This dress I’m wearing is viscose and is SO light, it feels like pajamas! My favorite thing about it is that it can work for a beach trip, a bbq, or a wedding depending on shoes and accessories. The best kind of summer dress!
Get your hair out of your face
Although summer is a great time to play with protective styles, there is nothing that will make you hotter than having a bunch of hair in your face. Try pulling your hair back into a bun or a ponytail (there’s a video of this low pony style on my IG), and if you have bangs, clip them away! Bonus cool points for you if you can get your hair off your neck.
Cool the makeup
There are tons of new beauty and makeup products specifically designed for cooling down your skin, but my personal favorite is Becca’s Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder that weirdly feels like a cool breeze on your skin. Idk how they do it but it’s made of 50% water & glycerin and magic – I love it! I also like to carry around refreshing mists – I recently got my hands on this beauty editor fave, but I’ve also been rocking with this drugstore find for a while.
Be smart about the AC
If there’s one thing that Jonathan and I often debate about, it’s the optimal way to keep our apartment cool during the summer! We have a WiFi enabled smart AC that we set on a schedule and can be controlled virtually (literally one of the best inventions ever), as well as ceiling fans that help circulate that cool air. In the morning, I try to keep the blinds and curtains closed to limit the heat produced by the sun. Here’s where we disagree: we don’t have an AC in our bedroom, so I like to keep our door open at night so the cooled living room air can circulate into our bedroom, while Jonathan prefers to sleep with the door closed. It makes sense to keep the door open, right?!!