10 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer fun is on its way, and with it the summer heat! While the hot weather can you get down, there’s plenty of ways to cool off beyond just sucking on ice cubes or sitting in air conditioning all day long. Whether you’re outdoors or inside, here are 10 creative ways to beat the heat this summer:


  1. Go for a dip.Jump into a pool at your place, your friend’s house, or the local community center. Cooling down poolside is also a great way to get some exercise without breaking into a summer sweat. If you live near a beach or lake, mix it up from the pool.

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  1. Un-hot your car. Get the stuffy heat out of your car fast by opening two parallel doors on your car (front or back), then open and close one of them about five times. It’ll push the warm air out and cool air in, and only take a minute or two!

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  1. Layer on the sunscreen. Buy sunscreen that contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, then apply liberally. Always reapply after being in the water or sweating, as it will rub off. Make sure to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for the most effectiveness.

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  1. Make lemonade.Find a great recipe and refresh yourself or guests with tall, cool glasses of this ultimate summertime drink. Opt for fresh squeezed lemons and natural sugar. Pour them into whimsical tumblers that match the summer atmosphere.

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  1. Spritz yourself.Keep a spray bottle in the fridge and give yourself a good squirt. As the water evaporate, it cools you off. If you’re going out for the day, stick in the freezer overnight and carry it with you in an all-purpose tote, along with your other summer goodies.

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  1. Clean out your fan.For those of you without air conditioning, or limited AC, clean out your old fan as much as possible. Just a quick clean can increase airflow quickly, especially in box fans where dust builds up.

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  1. Put your sheets in the fridge.This may sound crazy, but one of the faster ways to cool down at night and avoid overheating is to stuff your sheets in the fridge before bedtime. The same goes for shirts and underwear.

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  1. Use baby powder at the beach.Talcum powder is the perfect way to remove sand from your feet, hands, legs, arm, and swimsuit. Plus, it’s naturally cooling after a long day spent outside. When you get home, rub aloe vera into your skin to cool it further.

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  1. Wear the right clothes. Cotton tees, pants, and dresses are a great alternative to heavier fabrics. There’s also synthetic fabrics that are designed to wick away sweat and stickiness, like athletic wear in cute cuts. Best of all, stick to light colored fabrics that won’t absorb light.

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  1. Eat something spicy.People in super scorching climates eat hot stuff to cool down. Think of chili peppers, which contain capsaicin and helps you perspire more readily. Spice up your meals and sweat out the heat!

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How do you cool down during the summer? Tell us your tricks in the comments!

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