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