Hate to break it to you, but Hollywood lied – heat and sweat aren’t always romantic and sexy.
History-making heatwaves are, among many other things, not exactly conducive to dating.
Between climate anxiety and the sheer discomfort of 30+ degree heat in a nation in which air conditioning is not a staple, it’s hard to make temperatures that high feel sexy.
Yes, the peak of this wave seems to be behind us, but even days that are a ‘normal’ level of hot can get in the way of a romantic vibe.
Indeed, research from Badoo found that 48% of the singles who’d planned on going for a date last week had cancelled or were thinking of cancelling because of the heatwave.
Over a quarter (27%) said they were worried about arriving to their date feeling hot and sweaty, whilst 26% would rather not make the effort when they know they’re not going to be feeling their best.
That’s why Remy Le Fèvre, global head of communications at Badoo, has shared his top tips for hot weather dating.
Top tips for dating safely in the sun
How to get hot-weather confident
Even if you keep the above tips in mind and keep yourself safe from the sun, there’s still the matter of how the hot weather makes us feel.
Not everyone’s a summer person, and even people who love the heat can feel their confidence getting knocked back a bit when they’re covered in sweat.
Well, never fear, for Remy has some advice for that too…
Best products to help you beat the heat
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Dr Sam’s Flawless Daily Sunscreen
Buy it for £29 from Dr Sam’s
Stackable Ice Lolly Moulds
Get the set for £24.48 at Amazon.
Portable air conditioner
Get it for £43.99 at Amazon.
Pro Breeze Oscillating 40-inch Tower Fan
Reduced from £99.99 to £79.99 at Amazon now.
Elegear Cooling Blanket for Night Sweats
Get it for £32.99 at Amazon now.
Ergoflex 5G mattress
Buy it for £445, down from £809 from Ergoflex
Kookaburra Waterproof Garden Sun Shade Canopy
Reduced from £89.95 to £74.98 at Amazon now.
Black and Decker Portable 3-in-1 Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, and Cooling Fan
Reduced from £399.99 to £372 at Amazon now.
SIMIYA 3 Pack Seamless Anti Chafing Boy Shorts
Reduced from £25.99 to £19.99 at Amazon now.
KLIM Wind Laptop Cooling Pad
Get it for £24.97 Amazon now.
4 in 1 Quiet Portable Air Cooler
Get it for £42.99 at Amazon now.
Luxear Cooling Pillowcases 2 Pack
Reduced from £16.99 to £12.99 at Amazon now.
RATEL USB Table Fan
Reduced from £19.99 to £15.99 at Amazon now.
Self-cooling mat for pets
Get it for £10.95 at Amazon.
Jumbo inflatable pool
Get it for £34.99 at Amazon.
Get a set of six towels for £20.99 at Amazon.
However, when the rising mercury becomes more irritating than enjoyable, reach for these items for some sweet relief.
Pro Breeze Turbo Desk Fan
Get it for £59.99 at Amazon.
Misting sports bottle
Get it for £16.37 at Amazon.
Retro Pineapple Ice Bucket
Get it for £29.93 at Amazon.
Chillmax Pillow cooling gel insert
Get it for £9.95 at Amazon.
Duronic ice cream maker
Get it for £33.99 at Amazon.
onaEz Cooling Sleep Mask
Get it for £15.99 at Amazon.
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