How to cool down in the heatwave: seven genius buys you won't want to be without

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While we’re welcoming the recent hot weather with open arms, and embracing the fact that summer is here for us to enjoy, there’s no denying that the heat can be tough to deal with.

Having to do all of our normal daily tasks – shopping, working, cleaning – when its 30+ degrees outside can make everything just that little bit more difficult.

And now, during the coronavirus lockdown, we're confined to our homes more than ever - with many of us still working from home. And doing so often means little respite from the heat, given that we can't enjoy the air-con that's normally in plentiful supply in our offices...

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But that’s before we even head to bed at night. When it’s hot and sticky, attempting to get some shut-eye in rooms not built for warm weather can be nigh-on impossible.

But there are products that can help you to cool down even on the hottest of days - from a wonderfully soothing foot spray to cooler bedding.

Whether you need help cooling down in bed, or you find yourself burning up whilst working – we’ve put together a list of the best products out there to help you stay cool in this heatwave.

How to cool down in hot weather: the products that can help

So will you be picking any of these up to help you survive the heat?

Dyson Hot and Cool fan heater

Dyson Hot and Cool fan heater

£399.99, johnlewis.com Every home, in the hot weather, should be able to enjoy the cooling relief of a fan. And this Dyson one is one of the best on the market. While very expensive at £499, this Pure Hot and Cool Link fan monitors the temperature of the room to cool it down quickly and evenly. One of the most desirable features of the fan is the fact that it has a Quiet Mark accreditation, meaning it won’t keep you up (or wake you up) at night. The slick fan also has a sleep timer, and so can be scheduled to turn off between 15 minutes and nine hours after you turn it on – ideal for when you’d rather not use your electricity all night long.

Magicool Body and Face Cooling Spray

Magicool Body and Face Cooling Spray

£7.96, amazon.co.uk However, if you’re also after a product to help cool down your entire body, you can’t get much better than the Magicool Body and Face Cooler Spray. The spray, which is sold for £4.88 at Boots, is one of the most popular out there – and has been dubbed. ‘your very own air-conditioner’. The handy bottle also promises to ‘cool, hydrate, and calm’ the skin - making it ideal for when you're especially hot and bothered. Simply spritz it all over yourself whenever you’re in a hot car or other warm space. It’s also ideal for cooling down on muggy nights, or after working out. Plus, the spray can also be used on pets – so if your dog is suffering after a hot walk, feel free to give them a spray too!

Peppermint Cooling & Reviving Foot Spray

Peppermint Cooling & Reviving Foot Spray

£6.50, thebodyshop.com There’s nothing worse on a hot day than having your feet trapped in a pair of boots or trainers - leaving you feeling like your entire body is burning up because your feet are so warm. So if you’re wondering how to cool down your feet, you may want to give the Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray a go. The £6.50 bottle promises to ‘revive and refresh’ tired, hot tootsies with just a quick spritz. Plus, with its minty scent, it will also go someway to combatting any pesky smell, too… The Body Shop’s product has won rave reviews on their website, with one customer claiming, ‘I love this, it’s so refreshing for hot and sweaty feet after a long day’. Another fan also said, ‘I totally love this cooling foot spray for a quick fix in summer. It really cools my feet down fast and smells fab too!’

TheraPur Cool Pillow

TheraPur Cool Pillow

£49, dreams.co.uk Whenever it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to do is lay down on an equally hot pillow. So how to cool down in bed? Enter the Therapur Cool Pillow, a pillow specifically made with a fabric that helps to regulate your body temperature. The product doesn't come cheap at £49, but it's certainly be worth the investment. So how does it work? According to the brand, the pillow absorbs heat when you are hot – ensuring you stay at a normal temperature all throughout the night. And it’s not just a product for the summer. The pillow also releases heat when you are cool – and so is ideal for winter too. Made up of microfibre and memory foam, it’s also a super-comfy and supportive option for your nightly slumber – need we say any more?

Original Sleep Company DOUBLE SIZE Keep Cool Breathable Cotton Mattress Protector with 3D Air Relax Technology

Original Sleep Company DOUBLE SIZE Keep Cool Breathable Cotton Mattress Protector with 3D Air Relax Technology

£37.99, amazon.co.uk This simple mattress protector was created in order to improve air flow beneath your body, to keep you cool at night. Plus, it's non allergenic with a 100% pure cotton filling, meaning it's far less likely to irritate you. Customers on Amazon have certainly been loving the product. One said, "No more sleepless nights!! My lovely comfy memory foam mattress was making me so hot that I spent all night hopping out of bed to cool off. Not any more! This mattress protector has been amazing at cooling me down." While another agreed, "This does what it says and keeps you cool."

Challenge White Desk Fan

Challenge White Desk Fan

was £15.99 now £12.99, argos.co.uk If there's one thing that undeniably helps you cool down when it's hot outside, it's a fan. And if you're looking to pick one up to help you deal with the warm days we're having, look no further than this option from Argos. The Challenge, 12" desk fan, with three speed settings, is going down a storm with customers. Argos reported last year that flew off the shelves. They revealed that sales of the fan sky-rocketed during last year's heatwave. They said, "For those stuck in the office, keeping cool al-desko was a key concern, with fan sales up 1,448 per cent year-on-year. "Argos’s top selling fan, the Challenge White 12" Desk Fan, was up a whopping 1,411 per cent year-on-year." But best of all, the desk fan is on sale for just £15.99, so you won't have to break in order to stay cool at home or in the office - or, home office these days. Customers online have been flocking to the product to praise it for helping them through the heatwave. One wrote, ' No joke... it might not be the fanciest fan but without it I would be a puddle on the floor, I don't know how I survived without it. I would definitely recommend, definitely worth the money!' And another agreed, saying, 'This fan is extremely good, works very well, easy enough to assemble and completely silent. For the price exceptional value.' High praise indeed!

Hello Summer Gel Pillow

Hello Summer Gel Pillow

£2.99, amazon.co.uk This nifty little product can help to cool you down when in bed or relaxing around the house. The gel pillow is instantly cool, so place it under your pillow at night, or sit on it during the day, for some quick relief from the mugginess. Some customers explained that they've also put theirs in a fridge for a little while before use too, for an extra little bit of coolness.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.