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As I write this, I am sitting in front of a fan. We have central air conditioning but it’s so hot and humid out that still, we need the fan for air circulation.
These tips for how to stay cool in summer will give you some great ideas for those hot and hazy days of summer. Some for indoors, some for out, you’ll even find some ideas that you can use with the kids!
How to Stay Cool in Summer
Put skin-care products in the fridge before you take a shower.
Most cannot be kept in there long-term or they will separate and break down. These chilled products will help you feel cool upon getting out of the shower.
There are some skincare products that have cooling qualities too! I particularly love the facial sprays. That burst of cooling spray on your face can really feel refreshing!
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Switch your skincare products.
My skin still needs moisturizer all year round. In summer though, I find it can feel heavy and greasy. I switch from my heavy cream moisturizer to a lighter lotion one and I only apply it to the dry areas instead of all over on especially hot days.
A moisturizer with sunscreen is helpful here too as you’re getting 2-for-1. I still apply the heavier moisturizer at night as we have air conditioning and this allows me to keep the dryness at bay.
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Carry tissues and blotting paper when you go out.
This can really help not only remove the shine, but I also find it cooling and soothing on a hot day. Some of those skin cleansing wipes are a great take-along idea too.
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Need to cool down fast?
Run your hands under cool water for a couple minutes. Place a cool wet cloth on the back of your neck. If you can, run your feet under cool running water too. You’d be surprised how instantly cooling this can feel.
Use a backyard tent or other covered area to create some shade.
You can make your own blanket fort style with some clothesline and a couple of sheets or light blankets. You can even find some made for the beach with built in UPF protection.
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Use a fan.
Obviously, you can add fans to your home – the electric kind. Ceiling fans and portable fans can really help circulate the air. Even with central air conditioning, we use them to create more airflow.
Don’t ignore the value of a hand fan either. Sure, it will only cool you temporarily but I do find it can make a difference!
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You can feel warmer and more fatigued when you are even just slightly dehydrated. Besides, you need to stay hydrated in order to protect yourself from heat exhaustion.
If you’re like me and aren’t a huge water fan, try infused water. I add fruits or vegetables to mine to give a little hint of flavor. It helps encourage me to drink more!
However, sometimes I also splurge and buy myself some Voss water. It’s one brand that I actually enjoy drinking!
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Have an icy treat.
Sure ice cream is cooling, but for hot days, I find ice pops all the more refreshing. Sometimes on a hot morning, I’ll have a frozen smoothie bar for breakfast!
You can buy your favorites at the store or you can make your own. Making your own allows you to control the nutrients in them and customize them to your own preferences.
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Plan some no cook meals.
These are the days when we’re having cold plates for dinner. If you want something a little different, try some vichysoisse (cold potato soup) or borscht (cold beet soup).
We often turn to pasta salads, potato salads, and making our own little charcuterie boards on hot days. Another idea is to make use of your slow cooker or Instant Pot to avoid turning on the oven. It really helps to keep the house cooler!
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Do some ice painting with the kids!
Made from water and food coloring, ice cube paints are a lot of fun! Of course, if it’s really hot out, be sure to paint quickly before they melt away.
Make some water sprayer paintings.
Next, I have another fun idea for you! Instead of freezing it in ice cubes, spray the “paint” from water sprayers. You can purchase super soaker kind or simply use plain spray bottles from the dollar store.
You can use any easel or clip some paper onto your fence. However, we love this inflatable easel since it’s so much fun and so easy to clean!
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Play sponge tag.
You can have a lot of fun with wet sponges on a hot summer day! Play tag by touching others with a wet sponge. Use them to play a sponge ball toss game.
Let the kids help wash the car.
You can let them help wash the car or use water and sponges or brushes to “wash” the fence or the side of the house. Take out a bin of toys and a bucket of water and let them give their toys a bath.
You can even make or buy your own kiddie car wash for tons of fun!
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Find more ideas for cooling off this summer here: Super Fun Water Play Ideas
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