It’s no secret the temperature and humidity in the UAE has become somewhat unbearable in recent weeks and merely stepping outside to your car has become a chore. The good news is, temperatures are due to lowers from August 26th, but the bad news is, that’s still almost a month away! So we discover some of the tips and tricks that can help you stay cool and healthy over the coming weeks.
Drink plenty of water
It may seem obvious but drinking water is more important than ever when living in hot climates. Around 60% of our body weight is made of water and it therefore needs to constantly be replenished for body function. It flushes toxins from your organs, carries nutrients to your cells, cushions your joints, and helps you digest the food you eat. For men, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends a total of 13 cups (about 3 litres) of fluid each day, while for women, they suggest 9 cups (a little over 2 litres) of fluid each day. Upping this intake during hotter climates when you’re sweating a lot can help to keep you hydrated.
Even if you’re not expecting to be out in full sunshine for long it’s important to wear SPF every day, especially on your face. For women, choosing makeup with SPF already included is a perfect way to ensure you don’t forget to apply it or make it part of your morning skincare routine.
It is often overlooked but wearing sunglasses is an essential way of protecting our eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Choosing sunglasses that have 100% UV protection will help your eyes in the long run. Most optical specialists can advise on the best sunglasses for your eyes and most luxury brands take this into consideration but do seek advice from an expert when purchasing new eyewear.
Cool You Veins
A large vein flows through our wrists. Placing your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds will immediately cool your blood and consequently lower your overall body temperature. It’s a simple yet effective tip that will really help. If you don’t have access to cold running water holding ice cubes on the area for a short time will have a similar effect.
Eat Spicy Food
Yes you read correctly! While it may seem contradictory, eating spicy food actually helps to cool your body temperature. How does it work? Well, eating spicy foods increases circulation and causes sweating, which cools the body.
Head to the Pool
While the sea around the UAE somewhat resembles a warm bath these days, spending the day relaxing a chilled pool is sure to be a perfect way to spend your weekend AND be in the sunshine without feeling the heat. Try to avoid the midday sun and make sure to wear high factor SPF and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses!
Go Out Early
The best time to be outside in the UAE during summer is early morning. So set your alarm for a much earlier than usual time (6am is ideal) and venture out for a cool, relaxing walk or trip to the beach. Just remember to carry water with you because as the temperatures heat up you’ll surely need it!