Temperature as high as 35˚C (95˚F) in Kampala is something unheard of before. A new phenomenon we have been forced to forge a way around. This scorching heat has not only burnt the crops in our gardens but is literally causing damage to our bodies too. Not to mention the discomfort of walking about town with the unyielding undulating sweat streaming through our clothes. There are some body parts I did not even know could sweat before this week! So how are we going to about managing Uganda’s heat this January? Here’s a few pointers for you:
1. Drink lots and lots of sugar-free liquids:
With all the sweat taking place, you will need to hydrate a lot. If you have not drank 2 litres of water before in a single day, now is the time to drink 4! Let water be your best friend and if you do not like water, make fresh fruit juices your buddies. You shall want to let go of caffeinated drinks and those with sugar additives. These will either enhance the drainage of water from your body, leaving you thirstier than ever, or they will just add to the sugar build up you already have. Are you managing Uganda’s heat this January? Bottoms up and cheers to water and fresh fruit juice!
2. Condition and oil your hair:
The scorching heat with attack your body in all directions but will have a direct heads on collision with your beautiful mane of hair first. Invest in a good leave-in conditioner and hair butter/oil. Condition your hair every morning and seal in that moisture in a good sealing hair butter or oil. Now is also the time to pull out you spritz and use it at least once a day. If you are short of time, grab yourself a spritz and use it every morning and evening, and if you can, the afternoon would be a great time for a small sprinkle. Of course, Livara has you covered with the super effective 2in1 Sapphire Hair Deep Conditioner and Leave-In Treatment, Emerald Hair Butter and the Tsavorite Spritz Moisturizer. And for the Tsavorite Spritz Moisturizer, you can always get a refill at half price when you return the bottle.
Those with limited hair atop their heads, now is the time to invest in beautiful sun hats, head wraps or caps.
3. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize:
This heat will dry you up. Your body will be drained of water and your skin shall live the tale to tell. So get a penetrating oil based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Livara’s 100% natural and organic body butters are a great choice. You also need to ensure that the body butters, lotions or creams that you use have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. You need to protect yourself from the dangerous UVA rays during this period. Livara’s Ruby Glow, Mugisha and Chocolate Ruby body butters are a must have here as they have a natural SPF of 16.
4. Wear moisturizing lipstick or lip balm:
Matte lipsticks are beautiful and quite popular at the moment however they have a drying effect on your lips. You can have one or two mattes but right now is the time to invest in moisturizing lippies and lip balms too. The moisturizing lipsticks and balms will keep your lips looking healthy and fresh and no matter how hot and dry it gets, the will have nothing on your lips for they shall be super protected. So, how did you say you are managing Uganda’s heat this January, again? You are getting lippified with Livara’s super awesome natural and organic moisturizing lipsticks!
5. Take good care of your palms and fingers:
Let us not forget that age showcases itself earliest on our hands, especially in our fingers. And with this scorching heat and the fact that every after washing our hands, they immediately dry up like crazy, age is surely chasing after your beautiful hands. It is time to kick it out the door with a sweet smelling oil based hand cream. And don’t just keep the cream in your bag, but massage your hands with the cream every time you wash them and also whenever you feel like it.
6. Water your plants in the evening:
To the agriculturalists, gardeners and those aspiring to be either or both; it makes more sense to water your plants in the evening when the sun is setting. There shall be much less evaporation and your plants will have more water at their disposal to use as they grow through the night. Remember, beauty starts from what we feed on so let us go all the way back to taking good care of the plants on which we feed. Are you managing Uganda’s heat this January? Mind your garden.
7. Be happy.
Last but not least, smile and appreciate the sun because when the rains start and you cannot bring yourself to leave your bed, take a bath, prepare for work and actually get to work, you’ll start cursing and begging for the sun to return.
I hope we have been of some help to you with our suggestions. Please do let us know how you will manage Uganda’s heat this January. We look forward to your feedback. God bless you.