5 Foolproof Ways to Survive The Summer Heat
It’s officially May, and for those who know Bangkok best, this means we’re amid one of the hottest months of the year. If you’ve only just about survived April by the skin of your teeth and your afternoons are redolent of nothing more than air-conditioning and H2O facial mists, then turn to our top tips on surviving this soaring heat.
1/5 Tweak your beauty routine
We’ve all felt the struggle of a good makeup day turning into a hot, sweaty mess and that’s because when it comes to beauty, weather plays a huge role. When heat comes into contact with the wrong kind of makeup you’re likely to experience clogged pores, unwarranted breakouts and a midday meltdown. And whilst going bare-faced may solve these problems, that’s not always ideal. Senior pro artist at Bobbi Brown, Hannah Martin insists on steering clear of heavy liquid based makeup. Instead, opt for mineral based powders as they nourish and condition the skin whilst avoiding any cakiness. Draw emphasis on the eyes and lips as glitter eyeshadows and bold coloured lipsticks have better staying power. Remember: Any beauty product that is preceded with the word ‘waterproof’ is definitely your friend.
2/5 Opt for flats
For some this may seem daunting, but it can actually help your health. Research has shown that wearing heels in the heat can be physically harmful for our lower limbs. When body temperature rises, muscles are much more likely to go into spasm, causing cramps or pulling tendons. Take the strain off of your calves and ankles by swapping those six-inch louboutins in for cute, comfortable Chanel ballerinas. Sandals and sliders have also got your back!
3/5 Work out wisely
Though it’s important to rest and rejuvenate during this hot time, it’s also important to keep fit and active. When it comes to working out in the heat, timing is said to be key. English training specialist David Wiener says "it's far cooler at dawn than it is at sunset, with higher levels of humidity towards the end of the day. An early morning workout is therefore always a better option in the hot weather. Working out in the morning will also set you up for the day and leave you feeling energised, so really it is win-win." He also suggests opting for lightweight, breathable and light-colour workout gear that encourages sweat to evaporate. This will help you avoid heat rashes, skin irritation, breakouts and overheating.
4/5 Linen is your best bed-friend
Whilst we are not ones to tell you what to do in the bedroom, we will tell you how to get the best summer night’s sleep. According to sleep experts, the material of which your bed covers are made of can have a huge impact on how well you sleep. In the case for soaring hot temperatures, linen is ideal. This is because it is woven from natural fibres that breathe well and allow for good airflow. Not only does it have natural cooling properties, it is also absorbent and antimicrobial.
5/5 Embrace the outdoors
When you can’t beat it, join it! Inside of hiding in your A/C filled suites in fear of the heat, swap your usual activities for outdoor, sun embracing substitutes. Instead of using the pool at your gym, opt for an open-air rooftop pool. The city is full of vibrant, hot spots that each cater to your bathing needs. Or for the night owls, check out one of Bangkok’s outdoor terraced bars. Most offer fully functioning outdoor cooling units so that you can stay cool whilst experiencing Bangkok’s breathtaking skyline.