Cool holiday cures

Don’t let aches, pains or beauty disasters get in the way of your family holiday. Follow these simple tips to keep you and yours cool this summer:

iStock_000005483021MediumIce advice

Ice – the ultimate at-home medicine – can alleviate muscle soreness, itches and insect bites, reduce bruising, help stop bleeding and relieve pain and swelling. Even removing splinters becomes easier and less painful after numbing the area with an ice cube. Make a cheap and effective ice pack by dropping ice cubes into a rubber glove.

Take to the fridge  

Applying neat, fridge-cooled gin eases sunburn and soothes the skin. Cheaper alternatives include natural yoghurt, cold potato slices, cucumber slices and cold tea bags.For heat exhaustion and sunburn drink cool water but don’t gulp it down – a little and often is best.

Make-up mishaps

Worried about taking your best make-up on holiday? Always keep lipsticks in the fridge – they last longer and are easier to apply in the heat. Also refrigerate nail polish that becomes cloggy and thick – varnish will return to its best in a few minutes.

A cool cure for hot heads

Cooled raw potato slices applied to the brow are an instant headache relief.

Natural aid

Yoghurt is one of the greatest and healthiest food aids around. Natural yoghurt –containing live acidophilus culture is an antibiotic – is an immunity booster and helps clear up diarrhoea, it also soothes ulcers and helps clear up yeast infections.

Sting relief

Place a slice of cold leek, cucumber or raw onion on to the sting, cover with bandage and leave for a few hours.

Over-packing problems

Too many lotions and potions weighing down your luggage? Try out a DIY holiday treatment or two – dip cotton wool balls in milk for a face cleanser, add an egg yolk to cooled mayonnaise for an effective face mask or massage butter into dry hair and cover with a shower cap for soft, silky locks.

Breath easy

For lingering garlic smells chew on sprigs of parsley straight from the fridge. And stop hiccups by sucking a cold lemon slice or drinking small quick sips of ice-cold water.

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