Whether you’re summer’s biggest fan or could really do without all that heat and sunshine, there’s a fine art to keeping life sexy and steamy in all the right ways when the mercury rises. And if you’ve ever felt like you’ve got sex on the brain more often than usual in the summers, it’s not your imagination.

Spending more time out in the sun can raise the body’s levels of chemicals like serotonin, potentially making it easier to become aroused and stay that way. For some people, the scent of sweat can trigger an animalistic response that makes them want to get steamy and sticky more often, as well. Here are some tips for making the most of all the sexy opportunities summer might bring your way this year and help upgrade your sex life like a boss.

Experiment with temperature play.

When the temperature rises, it only makes sense that staying as cool as possible would be on your mind. So why not let the urge to stay chilly inspire you in the bedroom? Playing with temperature can be an incredible way to discover new sensations and experiment a little, with or without a partner.

Take a favorite toy in a cold-safe material like glass or stainless steel and pop it into the fridge for a few minutes before playtime for a bold, bracing new experience. Alternatively, you can add a cooling lube to your repertoire for even more polar-esque fun.

Go skinny dipping with your partner.

If you and your partner have access to someplace you can safely and privately skinny dip, there’s no time like summer to take full advantage of it. A private backyard pool definitely does the job, but a remote spot at an out-of-the-way beach or lake might be a good fit, as well. So strip down, enjoy the experience for everything that it is, and let everything else unfold naturally.

Don’t have an outdoor oasis that’s right for skinny dipping in your immediate vicinity? Get creative. An outdoor shower isn’t a bad place to get down and dirty in a pinch. You can take advantage of any gentle summer rain that may happen to fall, as well.

Celebrate National Orgasm Day.

Not only is there such a thing as National Orgasm Day, but it just so happens to fall right smack in the middle of summer – July 31st, to be exact. It’s the perfect excuse to plan something extra naughty and sexy to enjoy with your partner or even on your own.

Try a romantic picnic dinner at the beach or the park. Time it so you’re there at sunset, bring a blanket to cover up with when the temperature drops, and get handsy underneath as you enjoy the beautiful sky full of colors together. Drive out to the middle of nowhere and make out in the car like you’re teenagers. Shop for a new toy together, and use it for the first time to celebrate. If it ends in an orgasm for one or both of you, it’s fair game!

Be naked or scantily clad as often as possible.

There’s nothing like the constant sight of a lover’s bare skin to get your pulse racing and inspire the sexiest of thoughts. And there’s nothing like hot sun and rising temperatures to make stripping down to the greatest extent possible sound positively heavenly.

Consider scheduling a lazy naked day at home the next time you’re able to make room in your schedule. Alternatively, you can use the rising mercury as an excuse to go about your day in your underwear, a skimpy bikini, or even your birthday suit. If your partner happens to get an eyeful of you looking scrumptious in the process, so much the better.

Seize a summer opportunity to exchange massages.

Have you ever noticed that summer comes complete with an unusual number of opportunities to give or receive an impromptu massage? Whether you’re helping your lover apply sunscreen to those hard-to-reach areas at the beach or treating an unfortunate sunburn with aloe vera gel a little later on, it’s not unusual for a lot of touching to be going on.

Consider letting an opportunity like that serve as a preview of coming attractions while you’re enjoying a day together. Or use a classic wand vibrator to treat your partner to a soothing muscle massage after a day of fun in the sun, complete with a happy ending. Be creative, and give your hands permission to roam where they may.

Summer is nothing if not a dreamy, sultry time that’s perfect for letting your mind wander and coming up with fun, imaginative new ways to enjoy yourself. Don’t be afraid to come up with some exhilarating scenarios of your own or to encourage your partner to do the same.