The sun is up and the temperatures are rising – summer seems to be forever here living in SG! Whether you plan on hitting the beach (for your weekend getaway) or staying in the scorching city this year, it’s crucial that you take all precautions against the rising heat.

Here’s our favourite go-to tips on how to stay cool and refreshed all-year-round.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

No rocket science here – high temperatures cause our bodies to lose water at a very quick rate, so it’s important to drink as much water as you can.

Not only will this protect you from headaches, dizziness, and even reduce the risk of heatstroke, it will also help your body cool down naturally from the inside.

Hydrate

2. Wear a hat

Another crucial tip for beating the heatwave is to protect your head. Exposing your head to the blazing sunlight is the #1 cause of heat stroke. The easiest way to protect yourself against that is to always wear a hat!

Choose an oversized straw hat for that beachy feel, or you can keep it cool with a baseball cap – the Nylon Strapback Red Cap from the Korean street fashion brand BSRABBIT is a super stylish option!

3. Dress lightly

Stick to natural fabrics and light colours to keep yourself cool in hot weather. Light colours deflect sunlight while dark colours attract heat – meaning you’ll feel much better if you stick to whites, pastels and natural tones.

You might also want to choose cotton and linen over other thick fabrics to prevent excessive sweating. 

4. No shades, no go

The skin around our eyes is the most sensitive and prone to ageing.

That’s why it’s super important to wear sunglasses under the scorching sun as UV rays are the main cause of wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Apply good ol' sunscreen

UV rays are very harmful to the skin, not only can they cause premature ageing, prolonged exposure to them might even lead to skin cancer. The most fundamental and crucial way to protect yourself and your beloved skin against UV rays is applying a generous amount of good sunscreen.

We know many people dread applying sunscreen as they find that a lot of them, especially the highly effective ones with high SPF, tend to make the skin look oily or leave a white residue.

The Laneige Air Light Sun Stick is different – it comes in a deodorant stick type applicator which makes it super easy to use, even on the go.

The product itself is very light in texture and has a matte finish. It’s also very effective against UV rays, with a protection of SPF50.

The sunscreen can even be applied after you put on your makeup. So if you’re looking for the best sunscreen for your face, this is the product you shouldn’t miss.

6. Splash away & go for a swim

Going for a swim is hands down one of the best ways to cool down. Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach or you’re hitting the poolside, swimming will definitely help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

7. Don't forget haircare

The harsh sunlight can leave your hair looking dull, dry and give you breakages. Consider investing in some good hair care products to keep your locks looking fresh during the intensive heat.

We highly recommend the Olea Essence Hair Serum with Silk Protein.

Enriched with olive leaf and fruit extracts, this serum will help repair split ends and keep the frizz at bay, all without leaving your hair looking oily and limp.

8. Keep close to your spray mists

Spray mists are great products to have in your bag during the heatwave.

Not only are they super good for your skin, keeping it moisturised and healthy-looking, they also provide a great cooling sensation to just makes you all relaxed and calm you down.

The COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist can be used on the face and the body, so you can get a head-to-toe cooling treatment in just a few seconds.

The formula helps your skin maintain its essential moisture, leaving it naturally smooth and glowy.

9. Mask away

Make sure you include more refreshing face masks in your regular skincare routine.

We couldn’t emphasise more: sunlight and UV rays are very harsh on the skin during the hot season, so it’s time to grab your mask pack to pamper your skin with moisturising and rejuvenating masks.

This Bombee Honey Mask by Papa Recipe is one of our favourite go-to masks in the Singapore weather.

Enriched with propolis extract, this sheet mask will leave your skin looking soft and dewy, as well as nourish your skin from the inside.

10. Make essential oil essential

Essentials oils serve a variety of purposes – and diffusion is one of the easiest ways to enjoy their benefits.

Using essential oils in your house or office can have a huge impact on your mood. Some aromas can even create a cooling effect that helps make the indoor heat more bearable.

One of our favourite essential oils for daily use is the Verveine d’Huygens – a refreshing blend of wild mint, spearmint and wild verbena.

This essential oil helps to channel calmness and concentration, so it works perfectly for both home and office use.

So here are our top 10 tips to help you cool down during the unbearable heatwave. To sum it up, all you have to do is give your skin, body and mind extra love during the hot season. And also don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink water – the more, the better!

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