Our tropical climate leaves us plenty to be grateful for, but sometimes the heat can get unbearable – even for Tan Lili, who’s always preferred sunny weather to a cloudy sky. Read on to find out some interesting ways you can use to cope with our hot and humid conditions.
To get to work, I take three different buses. By the time I walk to the first bus-stop from home, I would already be wiping sweat off my face, carefully avoiding my freshly-concealed under-eye area. By the time I arrive at my office, I’m a walking tower of perspiration. I know it’s horribly unladylike of me to air my armpits in public, but if you had to spend 10 minutes walking up a slight slope in this heat, you’d be long past caring too.
And don’t get me started on my nightly hot and bothered affairs. Not in the figurative sense, obviously.
Since confining myself to an air-conditioned room 24/7 is out of the question – (a) it’s environmentally unfriendly, and (b) my Sahara-dry skin might actually start to crack – I decided to look up ways to cope with this unbearable heat.
Sweat It Out To Cool Down
It may seem counterintuitive – and not to mention, rather embarrassing – to ignore the sweat that’s coming out of every pore on your skin, but wiping off sweat actually causes your body to produce even more. Reason: Sweat doesn’t cool you down, but the evaporation of it does. To cope with heat, the human body sends more blood to the surface of the skin to release heat. At the same time, the heat kicks your sweat glands into overdrive, which helps cool the body because of the subsequent evaporation of sweat.
Be Aerobically Fit
The human body has an ability to acclimatise to heat stress and, according to a researcher, the more aerobically fit you are, the better your ability to do so. “Training induces a lot of the characteristics that you typically see in somebody that is actually heat-acclimated,” says Heather Wright, a research officer at the National Research Council Canada in Ottawa, Canada. “With heat acclimation as well as with training, your resting core temperature decreases. As your temperature increases with exertion … it takes a longer period of time before your temperature reaches high levels, which are of concern.”
So, the fitter you are, the more sweat you produce and the faster you cool down. Using the same explanation as above, an unfit person “heats up” faster during an exercise because his body is less acclimatised to heat stress but takes a longer time to cool down. In other words, I should probably get my ass off the couch and start exercising. Damn.
Use An Anti-Perspirant
Okay, so sweating is wonderful and all, but looking like I’d just finished a marathon doesn’t exactly make for a good first impression when meeting a client. Recently, Denise wrote about Triple Dry, an anti-perspirant that contains active ingredients to regulate the amount of sweat released by the body. The way to use it is rather specific – you have to apply Triple Dry for four consecutive nights before you sleep at night and, subsequently, you only need to apply it every two or three days. Material Mom Deborah Giam also reviewed it in this post (you get to win a set for yourself!). I haven’t tried it yet, but I suppose there’s no harm giving it a shot.
Cool Your Pulse Points
Pulse points are essentially the areas of your body where you can feel your pulse. By lowering your blood temperature in those spots – neck, wrists, insides of your elbows and knees, and the area close to your temple – it has a cooling effect on your body. Grab an ice cube from your office freezer, wrap it in a towel, and apply it to any of the pulse points for a minute. Repeat this step every other minute until you feel less Human Torch and more Iceman.
Take A Shower
When it’s especially hot, try this fail-proof method of lowering your body temperature: take a cool shower once or twice a day. It is effective, efficient and, more importantly, an essential part of personal hygiene. It’s a well-known fact: The less you sweat, the fresher you smell. However, what many don’t realise is that sweat is actually odourless; it’s the combination of sweat and bacteria found normally on your skin that causes the bad smell, which is why maintaining your personal hygiene is so important.
To smell even fresher after your shower, spritz on the new Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs (from $88 for 30ml, available from August 2014). This fruity-floral fragrance smells so light, refreshing and, for want of a better word, pretty, it might just make you forget about the insane weather!
About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.