Battle the heat: 8 ways to survive a Dubai summer

Cold mist, anyone?
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Temperatures rise high in Dubai during summer when, despite the city being filled with air-conditioned malls, cafés and even a ski slope, it can be hard to deal with the heat. We have found eight things that will help you deal – because the struggle is real.
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Mini Misting Fan: How refreshing does this sound when you’re walking in highs of 44C? This handheld portable misting fan sprays water to keep your skin cool and hydrated. It comes with a rechargeable USB and is lightweight and convenient to carry. It comes in pink, white and black and is sold for AED40 at Aliexpress.com. If you don’t want to carry a fan around, opt for an Evian hydrating facial spray which consists of natural spring water. It has the same effect and can be used over makeup. Evian facial spray can be found in supermarkets across the UAE.
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Poise Roll-on Cooling Gel: Instant cooling anywhere anytime? Yes please. Poise Roll-on cooling gel is made to battle hot flashes, which occur in women suffering from oestrogen level drops that result in a feeling of heat spreading throughout their body. However, it can be used by almost anyone for a cooling effect. You simply roll it onto your wrists, chest, or neck for a cooling sensation that lasts for up to 10 minutes. The gel can be found on Amazon.com for less than AED15.
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Permafrost Hydra Bottle: Hydration is obviously important in summer, but with hot weather, it’s hard to keep water cool for more than a few minutes. That’s why we love products like Permafront Hydra Bottle, which has a re-freezable, built-in gel pack that keeps drinks cold for hours. All you have to do is place the bottle in a freezer an hour before you plan on using it. Permafrost costs around AED70 on Amazon.com.
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Eos Lip Balm for men and women: This lip balm is possibly the best one ever made. Summer weather makes our lips twice as dry, twice as fast. Because Eos has shea butter and vitamins C & E, it moisturises the lips and gives them a long-lasting soft effect. Because who wants chapped lips? Eos is available across selected pharmacies in the UAE.
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Sunglasses: This is a no-brainer – sunglasses are a must in Dubai summers to help shield your eyes from blinding sun rays. We love Tom Ford’s modern take on aviators – Stacy Sunglasses. But make sure you wipe your sunglasses before you put them on, because they will become foggy from the humidity if you don’t wipe them first thing when you go outside. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, you can find great deals for designer sunglasses at asos.com.
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Watermelon: Why are people always eating watermelon in summer? Apparently, the fruit has a special cooling effect thanks to its component citrulline, an amino acid, which is converted to arginine in the body, which is essentially another amino acid that helps with blood flow.
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Oil control: Oily facial skin is extremely unpleasant. And while you don’t need the following product to ‘survive,’ you do need it to maintain looking presentable throughout the day. We’re talking about oil control fixes. After all, who wants to look greasy during a business meeting or night out? For men, we recommend the Anthony Instant Fix Oil Control from Sephora. It’s a mattifier that instantly absorbs excess grease and gets rid of shine in oily T-zones. For women, we recommend the Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, which does the same thing and can also be used to prevent makeup from wearing off.
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Ouidad Texture Smoothing Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Spray: This one’s for the ladies, because frizzy hair is seriously unpleasant. The Ouidad Texture Smoothing Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Spray from Sephora gets rid of frizz and flyaways instantly and helps resist humidity. It’s also good for your hair because it contains olive, avocado, and grape oils which protect your hair from heat.
Thu 18 Aug 2016 03:08 PM GST
By Lubna Hamdan