Sweat, speedos and shrinkage:
weather woes and quick fixes
By Lorraine Forster
and Sarah McMaster
Summer is a time to kick back, relax and look fabulous in your Speedo. How
else are you going to pick up that hottie on the Dickie Dee cart?
But wait, summer isn’t all fun and games — disaster can strike
when you least expect it! The heat, chlorine and blistering sun of the summer
months can wreak havoc on your plans to snag that ice cream babe. Pit stains,
embarrassing odours, those ghastly white thighs and chlorine-dyed hair: you
name the problem, we have the solution.
1. Picture this: You’re walking up University College hill, it’s
30 degrees out and the sun is beating down on you. By the time you get to the
top you’re wetter than a dog in heat and your stench could clear a room.
So what can you do to combat this? Your first line of defense is to pull out
the double shirt trick. Layer two tees together so that sweat hits the first
one and the second one remains dry. Secondly, remember to choose an anti-perspirant
over a deodorant. A deodorant only masks the smell while an anti-perspirant
prevents it from forming. If you are truly a hopeless case, the Western Pharmacy
suggests you try an over-the-counter anti-perspirant called Drysol which is
available in a dab-on or solution formula.
2. There’s nothing worse in the summer than strolling casually down
the beach and all of a sudden becoming blinded by the bright white thighs coming
towards you. We’ve all experienced the farmer’s tan. Whether it’s
the white raccoon eyes, the t-shirt line, or the No. 1 infamous tanning no-no
(the sock tan), these summer crimes are unforgivable. Please, before you go
out and cause serious retinal damage to passers-by, arm yourself with a bottle
of self-tanner. Tip: stick to the high-end brands in order to avoid the tell-tale
streaks. Men: it’s not feminine to roll up your shorts and catch a few
rays every now and then. Your girlfriends will thank you.
3. Blondes take note: chlorine is not your friend. For all of you who hate
the Oscar the Grouch look, listen up. Be sure to wear a cap when swimming lengths
and spray in some leave-in conditioner before and after your swim. Our choice:
Infusium leave-in conditioner. In order to rid your hair of chlorine infestation,
wash it with UltraSwim shampoo. Now that you know how to avoid green-tinged
hair, let’s move on to those frizzy afros that seem to strike when the
weather heats up. Number 1 tip: don’t fight the humidity — work
with it! Summer is the best time to unleash that curly mane. Even if you don’t
have curly hair, trust us, you can make waves. For best results, apply mousse
and hair spray to towel-dried hair, pile it all on the top of your head and
then sleep on it.
4. Everyone loves to break out the strappy sandals in the summer, but this
can also lead to deadly blisters. To prevent these painful foot enemies from
emerging, try placing moleskin (available at your local drugstore) on the areas
of your feet that rub in your sandals. If you’ve already got blisters,
spray Second Skin on them to prevent them from getting worse.
5. Last but not least, one of summer’s largest mysteries. It’s
a small problem that drives a lot of guys nuts (literally). Yes, it’s
shrinkage. Come on guys, admit it, when you go swimming in cold water it may
seem as though your boys abandon you in your time of need. While skinny-dipping
in your neighbour’s pool may seem like a great idea for a first date,
you may want to think again. Unfortunately there is no steadfast cure for shrinkage.
All we can suggest is to avoid swimming in chilly temperatures when females
out, try a new summer fragrance, kick your tanning salon habit.
6. Miscellaneous goals: Beat your dad’s beer drinking record set at
your Aunt Sarah’s wedding or learn new languages so you can order food
without tripping over the pronunciation.