WHO ELSE IS JUST NOT HANDLING THIS HEAT?!
Thankfully, it seems the worst of it is over (for now) but the sunshine is going to continue throughout the week:
So I thought I would share some of the helpful techniques that have been keeping us cool over this weekend!
Is there actually anything better than a paddling pool in the middle of summer?
As you can see, we improvised with a DIY water slide too (and got involved ourselves to make sure we had a cool off!)
Not all day, that would be no fun! But between 11am and 2pm we tried to stay indoors as much as possible, with the fan going on full blast!
Between 11am and 2pm is when the sun is at its hottest, and there is very little shade outside to hide in. Staying indoors for a couple of hours can help to keep you cool and you can still enjoy the sunshine later in the afternoon when it’s a bit less intense!
Get yourself some reusable ice cubes and have them ready for a day like today! Big refrigerated water jugs are also a necessity.
Don’t forget to keep yourselves hydrated!
Apply Suncream Regularly
Choose a suncream with both a high SPF Factor AND a high UVA rating. Check out Superdrug’s quick guide if you need any help picking the right suncream for you!
A lot of the time, the supermarket own brands of suncream have higher UVA ratings so can protect you from the sun better than your big branded lotions!
#MumHack: Did you know that the SPF factor on suncream equates roughly to how long you can go before you need to re-apply it? So if you have Factor 50, re-apply every 50 minutes to an hour (or probably more regularly if you are in the pool as it’s going to wash off almost instantly!)
Get a Gazebo
You can pick these up almost anywhere now, and if you’re
cursed blessed with a south-facing garden with very little shade, you may find one of these an absolute lifesaver!
Close the Curtains
Closing your curtains helps keep it nice and cool indoors, as the sun isn’t beaming through the windows. It can be a bit depressing to have all of your curtains closed in the middle of the day, so we just stick to keeping our upstairs curtains closed to help it stay nice and cool when it’s bedtime!
Is there anything else you’ve tried to keep yourselves cool?