With rising summer temperatures comes a whole new meaning to feeling “hot and bothered” in the bedroom. Getting a little sweaty is hot, but rolling around in a pool of sweat is not. However, there are some literally cool techniques to keep, ahem, righteously moist without getting grossly drenched.
Use Ice Cubes
Temperature play uses heat or cold to stimulate neuroreceptors under the skin and provoke a sensual reaction, which means, even when you’re using something cold—like ice cubes—she’s bound to feel hot. As soon as you’ve both dropped trou, take a few ice cubes out of the freezer and transfer them to a bowl. Next, slowly draw one along your partner’s skin. When she starts to feel the super-cold temperatures, it’ll cause her nerves to perk up and anticipate the exciting sensations to come. To really amp up her eagerness, avoid the erogenous zones—like her nipples or inner thighs—until the very last minute. Her arousal will cause those sensitive areas to feel even more sensitive when you eventually touch them with ice. Oh, and refrain from directly touching her nether regions with the ice. You don’t want to literally cause her freezer burn, right?
Go Skinny Dipping
There’s nothing more cliché—or naughty—than skinny dipping with your beloved. It’s basically on the top of everyone’s sex bucket list (or, at least, it should be). With the glow of the moon set amidst the night sky, it’s equally romantic as it is raunchy. A cute strategy is starting with the ol’ “I’ll take off mine, if you take off yours.” Just don’t forget where you stashed your clothes.
Make Love In a Canoe
Pierre Berton famously said, “A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.” So this sexy act is basically your patriotic duty. Once you’ve found your canoodling canoe (somewhere on the water will not only be cooler, but more secluded) lean back and keep your knees bent and legs apart while resting your arms on the edge of the boat for support. Then have her straddle you, placing her legs on your shoulders, and then, uh, rock the boat. I can’t promise you won’t capsize, though.
Take a Sexy Shower
Although shower sex is probably one of the most overrated places to have sex, there is no denying the fact that it’s also one of the most refreshing. Plus, the sensation of having hot or cool water running over your bodies as you’re doing the deed is another great example of temperature play. But for all of its sexiness, it’s pretty tricky to get right. Here’s a tip: although conventional—and cinematic—wisdom would you have you face each other while you get it on, it might be easier, safer, and sexier, if you did it doggy-style. As an added bonus: don’t forget to lather up beforehand.
Quench Your Thirst
Next time you’re in need of hydration, skip the H2O and instead grab a Mello. Mello is a raw watermelon juice that claims to affect a man’s libido in a similar way to that of Viagra. Cha-ching! Not only does the tasty drink increase your sex drive much like the erectile dysfunction drug—but without the side effects—but it also speeds metabolism, detoxifies and aids muscle recovery, which makes it a great fuel booster for round two. The U.K. drink is available to buy online, so stock up.
Brianne Hogan is a freelance writer based in Toronto, something of a humorist, and considers herself more Bridget Jones than Samantha Jones. Though she won’t reveal which parts, she will admit to liking emotionally unavailable men and drinking lots of wine. You can follow her on Twitter @briannehogan.