Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Staying cool in the summer is important for many reasons that include health, fashion and comfort. From an uneven complexion to frizzy tresses, from hot air blows to room heat, from confused stomach to summer clothing... Pesky warm-weather issues:

SKIN:

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin

 Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers.

 Befriend H2O
 High temperature and outings leads to dehydration, which results in headaches and dizzy spells! Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. (If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!)
Blemishes 

Pimples can be more prolific in summers due to heat, sweat and extra oil. And, unfortunately, they're not limited to the face (“There's also backne and buttne :D”) Regardless of where acne pops up, Use a glycolic or salicylic-acid cleanser and make sure everything you apply to your skin—from makeup and facial soap to body wash and sunscreen—is oil-free so you don't further clog pores. Keep your face moisturized not greasy!

Eczema 

This skin condition—characterized by dry, scaly discolored skin that may or may not itch—is commonly caused by stress and heat. It tends to show up around the feet, elbows, knees, neck, and underarms. Avoid triggers like perfumes and detergents, which can make the irritation worse, and opt for gentle fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers.

 Heat Rash 

When temperatures and humidity level rise, skin heats up and flushing can occur on any area of the body—with or without a bumpy, inflamed appearance. Apply a topical over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for three days to bring down the inflammation or antifungal treatment.

FOOD:

A big wedge of watermelon

 Made up of 90 percent water, which keeps you well-hydrated. Loads of vitamins A and C content, has no fat and is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which may aid in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. 
 
Citrus Fruits

 Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes, are among the most cooling of all fruits. Aside from their delicious taste, citrus fruits can keep you healthy and looking younger. Citrus is considered a super food for healthy skin due to its wide array of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants, including flavones, anthocyanin’s, polyphenols and vitamin C. Citrus is also considered to be especially important in digestion as it helps aid in the breakdown of rich and fatty foods. (Best energizers!)

Kulfi
 This will probably upset gelato fans, but of all the icy, creamy desserts out there, kulfi's best one for summer. A traditional Indian ice cream developed to melt slowly in the heat of the Indian subcontinent, kulfi tends to be creamier and denser than its Western counterparts, with flavors such as rose and mango and cola J . It's served in matkas (little clay pots) that keep it even more insulated. Street vendors sell popsicle-like versions.
Korean fried chicken
A trendy food in South Korea that’s caught on around the world, Korean fried chicken has won over as a crunchy finger food for hot weather. Koreans have perfected the holy fried chicken trinity: crispy, thin skin that still retains some gooey fat underneath, a strong spicy flavor and delicious moist meat. (Recommend it with cold beer or soju and a side of pickles.)

 Shaved milk ice
Known as “cotton ice” in Chinese, this Taiwanese dessert has become popular across East Asia in the last few years. Instead of plain crushed ice, this version is made with frozen condensed milk that's run through a shaving machine to create thin sheets of white milk ice that piles up in folds.
Affogato
Affogato means "drowned" in Italian, and we really wouldn’t mind being dunked into a sea of this Italian dessert. A scoop of vanilla gelato is scooped into a cup and a shot of hot espresso is poured on top. The result is a beautiful swirl of semi-solid ice cream and streaks of golden, bitter coffee. Adding a shot of Amaretto or coffee liqueur ups the flavor.
Lemonades & Limeades
Made for sitting on the porch.
·         Honey Limeade
·         Pepper-Mint Limeade
·         Best Lemonade Ever

Juice Drinks

 Favorite fruit coolers.
·         Cool Watermelon Slushes
·         Rhubarb Slush
·         Lemon Berry Slushy
·         Pinna Colada Slush
·         Pineapple Orange Slush

Sodas & Floats
 Old-time refreshers.
·         Cherry Fizz
·         Vermont Maple Float
·          Lemon Lime Float
·         Gourmet Root Beer Float
·         Italian Cream Soda

Iced Coffee
 Caffeinated quenchers
·         Cappuccino Cooler
·         Easy Iced Coffee
·         Iced Mochas
·         Cappuccino on Ice
·         Vietnamese Iced Coffee




CLOTHING:

Wicking fabrics

Are man-made fabrics designed to relieve body of perspiration by “wicking” moisture away from the body and speeding up the evaporation process, thus keeping the body at a stable temperature. These fabrics are most commonly used in athletic or specific outdoor clothing, and they help keep the body cool during activity. These fabrics are made with a special weaving process that works in tandem with the body’s cooling process. Manufacturers who use these fabrics have adjusted the weave or added special coatings to manipulate the fabric to their needs.

Cotton and linen: all-time favorite fabrics to chill in heat!

HOME :  
  
It's hot enough to melt a bushman's boots. But cranking up the air-conditioning is not the only way to stay cool.
Try a desert trick. When the air outside is dry and cooler than the air inside, hang a damp sheet in an open window. Incoming breezes are cooled by the evaporating water. 
Block the sun. Closing curtains and blinds (ideally with sun-deflecting white on the window side) can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by as much as 45 percent.
Make a "cold compress." Fill a cotton sock with rice, tie the sock with twine, and freeze it for two hours before bedtime. Then slide it between the sheets. Rice retains cold for a long period because it's dense and starchy.

If not any of above all works… just jump into a nearby pool and have a cool poolside party swaying your hands, legs and hairs  

Vitasta











2 comments:

  1. I like the food part the most .. i need all that now :)

    Bikram

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