Beating the Heat

Staying cool in the midst of a summer heat wave involves more than physical comfort. High temperatures can be responsible for heat-related illnesses ranging from heat exhaustion to heat stroke. Heat is also to blame for fashion tragedies such as runny makeup and limp hair.

While you canít do anything about the temperature outside, there is plenty you can do to keep your internal thermostat in check.

Letís begin with the obvious. Have you been itching to try a cute just-off-the-neck bob, or tempted to go for the gold with a pixie? Summer is the time. Schedule a sit-down with your favorite stylist and pick her brain. Let her know that youíre thinking of a shorter cut and want her input. A great stylist can take one look at the shape of your face and size of your features and picture the perfect style in her mind.

If youíre not quite ready for the super-short, sexy look, ask for some simple up-do ideas. Who knows? There may be a twist youíve never thought of or a piece of hair jewelry that will set your summer locks apart from the crowd. The point is to get the hair off your neck on those dog day afternoons.

Whether youíre lucky enough to live near a beach or simply love your neighborhood pool, rock your confidence through careful grooming. Donít be shy about taking those bikini bottoms with you as you visit your esthetician for a bikini and leg wax. While youíre there, take advantage of the ancient technique of threading to neaten those wayward brows. The bottom line is this: there are few things more striking that a confident woman strolling waterside.

If the sun is doing a number on your skin, schedule regular facials to prevent the ravages of summer from prematurely aging you. Remember to check out your spaís selection of lightweight, cotton cover-ups for added protection from the sun.

Staying comfortable this summer isnít only about body temperature. Itís just as important to keep your emotional cool regardless of how frenzied life may become. Ask to see the menu of massages offered by your salon for an idea of which one might best meet your summer needs. How about a deep tissue massage after weeks of swimming and early-morning boot camp workouts, or a Swedish massage to relax you before the kids head back to school?

We only get this one body and summer is the perfect time to enjoy it.

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