Photo: Arif Feroze
- Wear clothes in natural materials like cotton, voile and linen. These absorb sweat and let your skin cool off. Avoid polyester and other man-made fabrics that make you sweat.
- Layer clothes. The problem with Arabia is that we go from blazing sun to blazing air conditioner really quickly. Carry a thin jacket, or wear one with the sleeves pushed up.
- Skip the foundation. I haven't been wearing it for years and years and I love the no-gunk feeling on my face. If you have to, wear a BB cream or use a concealer on problem areas.
- Wear waterproof mascara. The humidity won't affect it.
- Wear sunscreen! The sun can make your skin look terrible, and the effect worsens as the years go on. Protect your skin. I recommend SPF 50 for Bahrain. Check out what I use, here.
- Carry face blotting sheets. If you have oily skin like me, come summer your face will be super-shiny. Trying to reduce it with compact powder is an exercise in futility, but these thin paper-like sheets make the shine go away. Available in Forever21, Body Shop and Boots.
- Humidity can make your hair frizzy and limp. Wash your hair daily if you need to and use plenty of conditioner after shampooing. Use leave-in conditioner on semi-dry or dry hair to control the frizz.
- Spritz on citrussy, light perfumes. It'll make you feel great and thsoe around you feel good too.
- Don't forget your sunglasses. The skin around your eyes is delicate and it gets tanned and wrinkled easily. Wear shades to protect your eyes. If possible, get sunglasses with Polaroid as these offer great protection.
- Drink up! When your body isn't properly hydrated, your skin won't look good. Drink lots and lots and lots and lots of H2O. Then drink some more.
- Lastly, stay out of the sun between 12 and 3 pm, and try to eat fruits that are high in water content like watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit and pineapple.
Follow these tips and you'll be looking good on the outside, and feeling cool on the inside!
Until next time,