Let’s get hot (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)
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
- Seek the shade – Sometimes sunny picnics are cute, but be careful if the mercury is really climbing. If the sun is really beating down, Remy says: ‘Make sure to find a shady spot if you are going to be outside or, better yet, balance with an indoor air-conditioned location, like a bar or restaurant.’
- Hydration is key – Having a little tipple on a date is super fun, but make sure you get enough water too. Remy says: ‘It’s easy to get carried away on a date having a few beers or cocktails, but remember to drink lots of water – having a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage will help combat potential dehydration or sunstroke. If you’re going on a day date or will be walking outside, make sure to take a bottle of water with you, too.’
- Keep it super chill – Fan of a fitness date? Maybe save it for a thoroughly air-conditioned gym. ‘It’s definitely not the time for any energetic, outdoor activity dates,’ says Remy. ‘Do something where you can sit, relax and just get to know each other. These are arguably the best kind of dates.’
- Go virtual – After all, who wants to brave public transport when it’s sweltering outside? ‘If you don’t fancy braving the heat to meet your date IRL then why not suggest a virtual date?’ suggests Remy. ‘Badoo has a video feature, allowing you to still make that connection if you’re not physically together. When it comes to the heat, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry.’
Remember, drink plenty of water (Picture: Getty Images)
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…
- Remember that everyone is in the same boat – If you’re sweating buckets, you’re unlikely to be the only one. ‘It’s likely that your date is feeling just as flustered as you are in the heat,’ says Remy.
- Have a pre-date pep talk with a pal – Getting a friend to gass you up ahead of time is a great rule of thumb, heatwave or no. ‘If your confidence is feeling low pre-date,’ advises Remy, ‘give your bestie a video call, so they can hype your outfit up, and give you that all-important boost of confidence.’
- Consider some pre-date prep – You don’t have to bring flashcards or anything, but prepping some talking points can help things flow more easily. ‘To help calm any nerves,’ Remy suggests, ‘why not try preparing some conversation talking points or questions in advance to help combat those heat-induced mind blanks.’
- Wear something you feel great in – Opt for an old favourite outfit that you know you look killer in. Remy adds: ‘Linen or lighter cotton fabrics will also help you keep cool in the heat.’
- Suggest a place you’re familiar with – Familiar ground is reassuring, and can help you feel in control. ‘By arranging a date in a local place you know and love, your confidence will go right up,’ says Remy. ‘You’ll know what to order, and where the loos are, which will give your date the impression that you know what you’re doing. Going somewhere local also means you reduce the amount of time spent walking around or travelling in the heat.’
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Best products to help you beat the heat
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