7 tricks for keeping cool in summer

Fan with two bottles of ice | How to keep cool in summer | Tesco Living

Beat the heat with these simple tricks for an instant cool down.

1. DIY air-con

It might sound crazy, but couple of frozen water bottles or a large jug of ice in front of a desk fan will chill your room down in no time.

2. Eat spicy foods

If you’re feeling hot and bothered, add some spice to your food. The heat will make you sweat, lowering your body temperature. Try this aubergine, okra and tomato curry recipe from Tesco Real Food. The same goes for hot drinks – a cup of tea will actually cool you down faster than an ice lolly.

Curry and rice served on a blue plate

3. Chill your bedsheets

During a heatwave a chilled bed sheet can help keep you cool enough to sleep. Fold a cotton sheet, pop it in a resealable freezer bag, and place in the freezer. Just before you get into bed, take out the sheet and settle down for sleep.

4. DIY cooling face mist

Make your own cooling face mist and pop it in your bag so you can use it on the go.

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5. Cool down quickly

Wrap ice cubes in a length of cloth and tie it around your wrists or the backs of your knees so it rests on your pulse points – it’ll cool your body down fast.

6. Drink more water

Add frozen berries, grapes or sliced melon to your water when you’re feeling the heat to encourage you to stay hydrated.

7. Use a hot water bottle

Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and crushed ice cubes (use a thick plastic bag and a rolling pin to break them up). Place your cold water bottle by your feet or on the backs of your knees. If you're taking it to bed, just fill it up with cold water to avoid condensation.

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