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Glastonbury: Doctor Shares Essential Tips for Staying Hydrated at a Festival

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As festival-goers prepare for Glastonbury this weekend, it’s crucial to understand the effects of heat on the body and skin and how to stay hydrated and protected in the hot weather.

With temperatures soaring, Cult Beauty spoke to Dr Deborah Lee Dr Fox Online Pharmacy to reveal the best ways to stay cool and hydrated at a festival.

How much water you should be drinking to stay hydrated? Staying hydrated during a festival, especially during the hot weather, is crucial for your health and enjoyment. Dr Deborah Lee recommends you drink one cup (250ml) every 20 minutes.

How to recognise dehydration?

Dr Deborah Lee explains that dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, muscle weakness, blurred vision, confusion and hallucinations. It’s crucial to drink enough fluids, symptoms of mild dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry lips, mouth and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Infrequent urination
  • Dark, strong-smelling urine

Festivals can be demanding, especially in a heatwave. Here’s how to stay hydrated throughout the day:

Kickstart your morning

Begin your day with a large bottle of water as soon as you wake up. This helps replenish any fluids lost overnight and sets a good hydration foundation for the day.

Hydrate with every meal

Ensure you drink a bottle of water with each meal. This not only aids digestion but also keeps your hydration levels steady.

Carry a refillable water bottle

Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it regularly at water stations. Sipping frequently throughout the day is key, especially as you move between stages and activities.

Stay hydrated during performances

While enjoying your favourite bands, take regular water breaks. Use moments between sets or when moving to different areas to take a drink.

Nighttime hydration

Drink a bottle of water about an hour before bed. This helps to replenish fluids lost during the day and prevents dehydration overnight.

Make hydration fun

Jazz up your water by adding fruit slices (if you can get hold of some) or taking some fruit cordial with you. This not only makes the water more enjoyable to drink but also provides a slight flavour boost, making it easier to drink more.

Hydration reminders

Set reminders on your phone or use a water-tracking app to ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.

Electrolyte supplements 

If you’re sweating heavily, you might benefit from electrolyte supplements. These can help replenish the salts lost through sweat and maintain your energy levels.

How to protect your skin from heat?

Festivals are all about having a good time, but the heat can be harsh on your skin. Here’s how to protect yourself:

Drink fluids 

Constant hydration helps maintain your skin’s moisture and overall health. Carry a refillable water bottle and sip water throughout the day.

Seek shade between 11am and 3pm

The sun is at its peak during these hours. Find shaded areas to rest, like under trees or tents, or use a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck.

Dress appropriately

Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton to help your skin breath and stay cool.

Cold drinks and fabs 

Keep yourself cool by drinking cold beverages and using hand held fans. If possible, take a break in cooler indoor spaces or shaded areas.

Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or above 

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 4–5 stars of UVA protection and SPF 30 or above. Apply it liberally to all exposed skin 30 minutes before heading out. Ensure you reapply every two hours and immediately after sweating or after having a makeshift festival shower.

Opt for lightweight makeup

The heat and not being able to get a proper wash at a festival can be very drying on the skin. Avoid heavy makeup as it can clog the pores. Instead, choose lightweight formulas that offer additional hydration, such as tinted moisturisers. These can help reduce blemishes, breakouts, and excess oil production while keeping your skin looking fresh.

Moisturise more often than usual 

Rising temperatures can cause dryness, sensitivity, and increased oil production. Moisturising from head to toe is more important than ever. This step locks in much-needed moisture while nourishing your skin.

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