Sure, celebrities live in a luxurious cocoon of air-conditioned homes, vans and cars – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to endure the hot season just like the rest of us. Here’s the lowdown from five famous names on their personal summer survival kits.
1. It’s very difficult to avoid the sun because of our shooting schedules. So for me, the biggest sunbuster is lots of liquids – juices, cold water, roohafza, anything that I like. Even refreshers like nimbu pani and buttermilk work really well for me in summer.
2. What you wear in summer is very important. The one thing that I really love about summer is that I get to wear shorts. Teamed with a nice ganji or a loose cotton shirt/top, it’s the perfect summer wear for me.
3. I try to keep my hair tied up in summer – because it’s so hot and humid, I like to keep it away from my skin as much as possible.
4. My summer survival kit also includes a lot of sunscreen. It’s a must, not just for girls but also for guys. It’s really important because the sun’s rays are so harsh that we need to take care of our skin well, otherwise fine lines will develop. I use Garnier Light Ultra Intense Fairness Moisturiser with SPF 16, which protects your skin from the sun, and also Garnier Light Eye Roll On, which refreshes tired eyes with its immediate cooling effect.Also, remember that using sun block is very important.
5. Last but not least, it’s essential to be in a good mood during the summer. If you’re smiling, nothing can affect you, not even the harsh sun. So keep smiling and have lots of fun!
1. I wear mostly shorts made from ultra-light cotton material in white or lighter shades. For the same reason, I don’t wear boots or shoes – instead flip-flops and chappals are a great option. I prefer not to wear any accessories as well and wear as little clothing as possible.
2. From kokam sharbat to matke ka paani – anything that keeps me hydrated and not susceptible to colds is good during this weather.
3. I try to avoid going out in the heat unless there’s a shoot I can’t avoid. I keep wet malmal on my face or tie ice in a malmal hanky and wrap it around my neck between shots. It keeps me cool.
4. I am more of a summer person and okay with heat most of the time – when I don’t have to be out, braving it. Between shots during filming, I avoid going to my air-conditioned van and coming out again. For short gaps, it’s best to relax under the shade of a large tree.
5. People should avoid heavy workouts during summer, as there is a lot of dehydration involved. It’s best to do some yoga and light exercises at home and eat less spicy food.
Sarah Jane Dias
1. You can never have enough sunscreen. Don’t ever underestimate the damage that being out in the sun can do to your skin, even if it’s for a few minutes.
2. White linen pants – all those skinny jeans are packed up for when the mercury dips again. I love white as a colour and linen is the only fabric that is kind to the skin in the heat.
3. Go easy on the makeup and stock up on lip and cheek tint. ‘Cakey’ makeup is a big no-no for summer and nothing works better than good scrubbed skin with just a hint of colour on cheeks and lips.
4. Ditch desserts for fruits. Summer is the season for the best fruits that the year has to offer. Litchi, muskmelon, watermelon, and of course, mangoes.
5. Sunglasses – this is the time to indulge your inner diva with at least a couple of pairs that last through the summer.
1. Due to my fitness regime, usually I can’t consume high calorie ice cream and only eat organic food items in summer. But for the shooting of Shanghai, I have to put on weight for my character, so this summer I am indulging in my favourite ice cream flavours, butter chicken and junk food. This summer is really special for me in this sense.
2. Every summer, I increase my intake of water – that is a must to avoid any sort of dehydration. Also, I follow a proper workout schedule and hence a sufficient intake of water is a must.
3. These days, I am shooting continuously, so I have acquired the habit of carrying my icebox with me to the sets. In it, I take a couple of things that keeps me cool like iced tea, juicy fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, etc. In summer, I eat a lot of sweet potatoes as well. It also helps me control my temper when I am waiting in the vanity van for my shots to start.
4. When I am not shooting or on holiday, I enjoy spending quality time with my son and playing PS3 in my living room in a chilled atmosphere. I don’t like to go out in summer except on a vacation.
5. Finally, I try to take my wife and son on a long holiday and chill out with them because sometimes you need an excuse like the summer to do that.
1. In the summer I tend to eat less food, sticking to salads, soups and yoghurt. I find myself feeling cooler, and losing a few kilos helps you feel more active in the otherwise lethargic summer season. Also, I like to drink all kinds of cool drinks – fresh juices, coconut water, nimbu pani, sharbats, milkshakes and lassi. Fluids are needed in summer and we need to make it more exciting than just drinking water.
2. There’s nothing like the healing touch of water when the heat gets to you. Constantly washing the face with plain cool water is a must. It keeps your face clean and makes sure all the dirt and sweat caused by the heat gets washed off.
3. Your clothes must be conducive to the heat. Cottons, malmal and similarly airy clothing are a must. Tight clothes will not only make you feel hot, but you’re also bound to have sweaty patches – which is a complete no no! Think loose dresses, shorts, loose tops and lots of white!
4. Every part of you needs to breathe in summer and so do your feet. I’m anyway more of a sandals or
person. Use the height disadvantage to your advantage and funk up your style with some colour on your feet.
5. Summer for me has always been associated with cooler climates. As a kid it was the hills, but now it’s any place cooler. This year, I’m off to Spain on a backpacking trip.
- From HT Brunch, May 22
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