Dealing with the Summer heat.

When it comes to Summer, I am a total sun worshiper. I love sitting out on beautiful days, dining al fresco and getting the paddling pool ready for Joe whilst eating copious amounts of ice cream. I love Summer dressing, sandals and sun dresses, leaving the coat behind and wearing something cool and floaty. I love the scent of barbecues in the air, wearing Clarins perfume that smells just like suntan lotion and watching the tennis at Wimbledon, or the cricket at the T20 blast. Summer is just perfect isn’t it.


At the Cricket with my boy.

At the Cricket with my boy.

Errr, no, not quite. Because along with all the gorgeous things mentioned above, we have Hay Fever, nights when it is so hot you can’t get comfortable enough to sleep, and sunburn – especially on children who won’t stay in the house for more than five minutes during the holidays. So, with all this in mind, I have a few tips for making those pesky summer irritants just a little bit easier.

Hay Fever

I wrote a post about Haymax a short while ago, because I genuinely feel that this makes a great difference, and, as a balm, it is so easy to apply, and is small enough to be kept in  your handbag for flare ups. In addition, stock up on the Piriton tablets – there is absolutely no need to suffer through Hay Fever – tackle it head on!

Not sleeping at night

Our homes are designed to keep us warm and insulated, and unfortunately they do just that, even when what we really want is for them to keep us cool and comfortable. There are some things you can do to combat it – change the duvet for a thin Summer one, or remove it all together and use a thin cotton sheet as a layer. I leave of the pjs and just sleep in a vest which is less likely to get twisted around as I move in my sleep. Small bedroom fans can also give some relief, and you could also invest in a portable air conditioner which have come down in price considerably now at places like Amazon.

Avoiding the Sunburn

This is so important, especially for our children. We may walk up in the morning to a dull day, but then the sun emerges when the children are at school, and, one hot dinner time later, our kids have sunburn or sunstroke. My advice is to put the lotion on before the go to school, and then check school policy on sending the bottle in with them – some schools openly encourage it. Make sure your child wears a cap or a hat each day, and keep them comfortable in thinner layers. Also, find out the school policy on bringing a water bottle so that they are also kept hydrated whilst running around in the sun.



Please add your tips for getting cool in the sun in the comments box below.


Dry skin and Hay Fever relief for Children

Summer is a fantastic time, isn’t it? We have the sunshine, the long days and light nights, the flowers, the grass, the butterflies and ice-creams etc, etc. But with all this, we also have the pollen bringing the hayfever, with its stinging and streaming eyes, runny noses and itchy skin. Summer is wonderful, but for some people, it is a time when for  feeling run-down and ill.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with my son Joe. He has been prone to extremely dry skin for a while now, and, as eczema runs in our family, there is every likelihood that this is what the problem is (although the doctor has avoided adding this label just yet). Then, during our Easter holiday in Wales, Joe started suffering the itchy eyes and runny nose that has all the hallmarks of Hay Fever, and also came out in a patchy red rash which he hadn’t had before. So now, as a mother, I am looking for remedies that will help him not only survive the summer, but enjoy it too.

Summer Fun means being outdoors – but this can play havoc with the health

Joe just loves being outside in Summer

Joe just loves being outside in Summer


One of the products that has worked well for Joe so far is the Haymax Organic Drug-Free Allergen Barrier Balm. This is a solid balm made from sunflower, beeswax and seed oil that is unscented and is drug free, so it can be used at school. You apply this very simply by putting a small amount on the finger and rubbing it around the rim of both nostrils and on the bones of the eyes. You need to reapply if you sneeze, but in general this is brilliant stuff, with a tiny pot able to last for the whole of the Hayfever season. It is small enough to carry in even the tiniest of clutch bags, and super quick to apply. A total, non-intrusive treatment for what is a major problem.

From using this with Joe, I can honestly say it has made a difference, less of the streaming eyes, and virtually no sneezing. As Joe plays football most days, this is very important to him, and I have been really pleased with the results myself. Joe is actually able to apply it himself, which is a good thing, and, when the Hay fever gets really tough, this is something that seems to ease the suffering pretty quickly.


Salcura Bioskin Junior Bath Milk

Along with the Haymax product, another product that has proved to be a big success for Joe is the Salcura Bioskin Junior Bath Milk. Joe loves his baths, and being a typically grubby seven year old, he certainly needs them too. But bathtime often left Joe’s already dry skin feeling even drier and irritable. The Bioskin Junior Bath Milk is wonderful for leaving the skin feeling soft and moisturised. I add a cap full to a warm bath and love the soothing Chamomile scent that is both fresh and clean smelling.

The product is free from all those ‘nasties’ that affect Joe’s skin – no artificial fragrance, parabens or lanolin, and I love the fact it is also non-greasy, it leaves the skin soft, but not sticky which has sometimes been a problem with other ‘friendly’ bath products.


Joe’s skin has improved in terms of less dryness and more suppleness since we began trying the Bioskin product. You can pick up both the Haymax and the Salcura Bioskin products from places like Boots, Holland and Barrett and Morrisons, and these are both products well worth a try if your children find Summer tricky.