Pearl River Hacks: 11 Easy Ways to Keep Your Cool This Summer
Those hot and hazy days of summer are upon us, and sure, A/C is great, but it can get expensive. We're here to give you some fun, unusual, and inexpensive ways to keep your cool this summer.
Cool down with hot tea
The Chinese believe that drinking hot beverages is key to keeping your qi, or energy, in balance, even during the sweltering summer months. While sipping scalding tea on a scalding day might seem like the worst idea, it turns science backs it up: hot drinks can cool you down, mostly by making you sweat.
Chill out with some chili sauce
Along those lines, eating spicy foods may also help take the heat off. In a nutshell, scarfing down something covered in delicious chili oil won't just tantalize your taste buds — it'll make you sweat, which will evaporate and cool you down.
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Roll the heat away
Jade rollers have long been used in different parts of Asia as a health and beauty tool. They're believed to increase circulation, reduce puffiness — and decrease inflammation if you store it in the fridge. Learn more about the uses of this handy device.
Blot it out
You may know the feeling of your face suddenly becoming an oil slick during hot weather. While blotting it with some powdered rice paper may not technically lower your temperature, it will certainly make you feel refreshed.
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A touch of Tiger Balm
Two of tiger balm’s main ingredients — camphor and menthol — trigger your cold receptors. Hence, the ointment’s cooling effect. Dab a little on your quick-cooling spots, including your temples, neck, wrists, and the insides of your elbows and knees.
Sleep tight with a tatami
Photo by Takashi Hososhima, CC BY 2.0
Chances are your mattress absorbs your body heat and throws it right back at you. Add a layer of tatami for a more comfortable night’s sleep.