• Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Summer Essentials

Nifath Karim Chowdhury

Summer is here and in spite of the heat, it is possible to soak up those rays and have a good time, if you're prepared for it.
First things first -- ladies, we all love our make-up, but you know as well as I do that all that foundation and cream's going to melt and drip off your face in one gooey mess within the hour if you wear them in the heat. For the summer, keep your skin as light as possible, and try to use one product that gets the job done. The best thing to use would be a tinted moisturiser with sunscreen in it. You're still going to sweat though, and for that, some oil-blotting sheets would come in handy. If you can't get those, keep some regular tissue paper in your purse, preferably unscented. Unless you like the smell of tissue paper. Also be sure to keep a small mirror with you to survey the inevitable damage.
It's also important to keep some good-quality deodorant with you at all times, as well as body spray or body mist. Go for the lighter, floral scents and avoid the muskier notes. Same goes for the boys - as much as you love smelling like chocolate and Danger, avoid the heavy stuff, for the sake of the people around you. Go for body sprays with subtler, airier scents. Try smelling like a lemon. Lemons are nice.
You will find it easier to get through the summer days if you can keep the hair off of your face and from sticking to your back in one sweaty clump. Keep your bags well stocked with hair bands and clips. Avoid using hair straighteners and curlers during the summer - you're going to end up pulling all your hair back in a ponytail or bun anyway, so cut back on all that heat which dries your hair. You might want to keep a detangling potion with you as well, especially if you have super frizzy hair. Or you could just rock that afro. A good tip is to use shampoo with menthol in it - you will feel that a polar bear has licked your head. A cool head is invaluable.
Sunglasses are must-haves. Don't just fling them in your bag - they'll break, no matter how expensive they are. Keep them in a case. Shades reduce the glare of the sun and increase the part-factor. Avoid wearing them in class, though. That's not cool. Umbrellas can also come in handy during the summer, not just to keep the heat out, but also during those sudden downpours. Keep a small compact one in your bag and you're good to go.
It's also a good idea to keep a spare shirt or two, especially if you're the busy type. Try to avoid the colour black during the day. Black attracts heat. Go for lighter, brighter shades in your clothes. You'll feel and look much better.
You'll be sweating a lot, so keep a water bottle at hand unless you like fainting from dehydration. Keep drinking plenty of fluids. This may necessitate frequent trips to the washroom; think of it as emptying the tank for more drinks. Public restrooms vary wildly in quality, but you shouldn't bet on there being soap and tissue. Carry around some decent hand sanitizer to kill all the little demons that will try to latch on to you.

Here's to a great summer!

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, April 03, 2014

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