I absolutely love the sunshine and the heat but sadly my sensitive skin doesn’t do so well! I always seem to get heat rash or prickly heat about two-three days into any holiday and not only does it put a stopper in the tanning works, it can be really sore and irritating too. So for the past couple of holidays I’ve been trying out different methods to beat prickly heat and in Mexico I finally cracked it! As I’m jetting off to Greece next week I thought it would be the perfect time to share my heat rash wisdom in order to help some of you lovely lot in the same boat prevent heat rash too!
The best thing to do is to stop prickly heat from even forming and you won’t believe how easy that is – Antihistamine Tablets. Those little hay fever tablets you can pick up in Boots or Tesco for about £1 a pack? The best heat rash beater around! Start taking one a day about a week before your holiday and continue while you’re out there and 9/10 times you’ll be completely rash free! Of course always read the label and consult your pharmacist/GP before taking any little white pills but this little tip kept my chest and arms perfectly clear for a whole 10 days in one of the hottest countries I’ve ever visited – I was one happy (and toasty warm) bunny!
If you are unlucky enough to get heat rash and you don’t have any antihistamine tablets on hand then I’ve found a great product for helping to sooth the skin – Cardiospermum (no sniggering at the back) Gel*. This odd-looking pot from Skin Shop contains a very clever gel that along with the help of Aloe Vera helps to sooth sore and dry skin instantly. Keep it in your room (even in the mini bar fridge if you have one) for a super cooling and calming treatment that will really help calm down angry prickly skin. It may look like a home for your jelly alien babies (shout out the the 90’s!) but this stuff is a god send – and it’s pretty good for sunburn too so a very useful one to have in your suitcase!
So the next time you jet off to warmer climates – or heaven forbid the sun comes out on our little island – make sure you’re stocked up and ready to show that prickly heat who’s boss!
What are your top tips for staying cool in the heat? How do you treat prickly heat?
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