With temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius last week, some of the highest we’ve seen in the UK for over 40 years, we’re struggling to stay cool (It’s almost too hot!).

So without fleeing the country to the cooler shores of Spain or Cyprus, we’ve come up with a few tried and tested tips to help beat the heat this summer…

USB desk fan // how much? £5.50 // where can I get it? - http://amzn.to/2rGtXI3

This small (but mighty) little gadget is sure to become your new best friend over the summer, especially if you need to fire up the laptop for any reason. You’ll be able to stay cool while buying your new stationery for college, (or watching Netflix) by simply plugging the fan in and switching it on. This USB desk fan also doubles up as an LED clock, meaning you won’t be late for any social events happening this summer. There’s no reason why you couldn’t plug it into your portable charger and take it to the beach with you either!

Stay Cool Ice Towel // how much? From £10.50 // where can I get it? - http://amzn.to/2sY70EB

Heading to the beach this summer? Well, while your friends are sizzling away next to you, you can chill with this Stay Cool Ice Towel. Just get it wet, wring out any excess water, shake for 5-10 seconds and, et viola, you have yourself a cool bed of luxury. It’s super light and come in a handy light travel container too.

Sun Cream

A must-have if you are out and about this summer. Not only is applying sun cream super important for your health, but it will save you all that agony of sunburn! But splashing out a small fortune for big brand sun creams is annoying, so we’ve found some bargains on factors 15-50.

However! Make sure you check the bottle for the UVA rating and SPF number. If you don’t see the logo – it won’t offer protection from the sun!

UVA will tell you how much protection the product is giving you from harmful long-wave ultra-violet UVA rays. Make sure, at the very least, that a circle with the letters UVA inside, are on the back of the bottle, as this indicates the minimum level of UVA protection.

SPF stands for sun protection factor. The higher the number, the greater the level of protection against harmful medium-wave ultra-violet UVB rays. The label should also tell you whether the product provides "low", "medium", "high" or "very high" protection against UVB.

So where can you get your hands on these bargains…

Poundland stocks a range from a brand called Anovia Tropical Sun, which is available for, you guessed it, £1!

B&M Bargains stocks a range from a brand called EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 400+ stores at £1, possibly reduced to 50p!

Plus there are still a few bargains to be had on high street and big brand products. We’ve found…

Garnier Ambre Solaire moisturising milk SPF 30, 200ml & Nivea Sun moisturising sun protect & moisture SPF 30, 200ml - £4.50 each in the two for £9 offer at Asda

Piz Buin 1-day-long lotion SPF 30, 100ml - £4.99 at B&M Bargains

Boots Soltan kids SPF 30, 200ml - £4

Superdrug Solait SPF 30, 200ml - £3.37 in the buy one get one half price offer

Asda Protect SPF 50, 200ml - £3 each in the two for £6 offer

Morrisons Sun spray SPF 15, 200ml - £3

Aldi Lacura sun spray SPF30, 200ml - £2.79

Di Polas’ Ice Cream

If you’re anything like us, the best way to cool down in this hot weather is with an ice cream! One of our favourite places to grab an ice cream in Hastings has to be Di Polas. Offering fine Italian ice cream, Di Polas servers up all the traditional gelato flavours, as well as creative seasonal delights. You’ll find them on the seafront, opposite Hastings Adventure Golf. Single scoops start from £2.20 and it’s just £1 per scoop after that.



So the days are hot, and it seems that the nights are even hotter! But we’ve got a cool little tip to help you catch some well needed sleep!

Grab yourself a large plastic bag, fold up your bed sheets and pillow cases and stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed.


If none of the above work – then take a dip in the sea!

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