LAHORE: “What dreadful hot weather we have. It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance” — Jane Austen.
Are you sick of the disastrous summer weather? There are multiple ways to ward off heat; here are some basic staples that can help improve your summer and ensure you continue to look fresh and elegant.
Tinted moisturiser is a basic item that should be on every girl/woman’s nightstand. This day cream moisturises, has SPF and acts like make-up. The tint within the moisturiser adds a natural glow to the face. This hassle free lotion is being manufactured by almost all leading cosmetic companies. So pick up Clarins Hydra Care Tinted Moisturiser or Ponds Gold Radiance available across the country for under Rs1,400.
Rose water spray
When the going gets hot, the hot gets going and there is nothing better than keeping your skin hydrated at regular intervals. There is nothing better than rose water spray — it is refreshing and moisturising at the same time. Even if you do not like the smell of it, use it as medicine because it will keep your skin super fresh and flawless throughout humid months. Additionally, rose water also wipes away excess dirt on the face and since it is au natural, it can be applied as many times as one desires.
Umbrellas and hats
Most people do not understand the concept of sunscreen or rather the right amount of sunscreen that needs to be applied to ward off harmful UV Rays. The sun not only damages the skin but also hair. Why not carry an umbrella or wear a wide-brimmed hat?
No one wants to wear jeans in this heat and the best summer accessory to have in Pakistan are linen pants. They are light, stylish and will keep you airy (and appropriately covered). Easily available, you can grab a pair at the House of Brands in Lahore or Zainab Market in Karachi.
Watermelon shake or juice
Remember what your grandmother said about ‘thanday khaney’? Well she was right. It is essential to keep your body cool during summers. Water is the best way to cool off, however, the beauty of the summer is the amazing fruit variety available. To stay chilled out start having watermelon shake or juice. Cafe Aylanto makes a killer watermelon shake, but to make your own you can simply blend chilled watermelon with cold water and a dash of lemon at home.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.
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