With summer in full force and the garbage-scented NYC streets cloaked in humidity, I've been at a loss for how to keep cool. Sure, I could finally install my A/C unit and feel the cold, artificial breeze on my overheated skin, alas, I'm not that handy.
Instead, I've been doing research for how to keep myself from sweating uncontrollably in other ways (e.g., skincare and household items). Turns out, there are some seriously great offerings that have kept me from feeling like I'm going to pass out. Below, I name a few of my favorites and detail why they work so well. Stay cool out there.
Stave off bleary, tired-looking eyes with this hyaluronic acid formula that refreshing your skin and your senses. The super-cooling gel plumps the delicate skin under eyes and infuses peptides, vitamins, and cucumber extract where you need it most—even on the hottest of days.
"Sheets play a huge role in your core body temperature," says Vicki Fulop, Brooklinen's co-founder and CCO, "and thus your sleep quality. So to keep yourself properly cool and comfortable, you want sheets made from natural fibers. This linen literally feels cool to the touch and has superior temperature-regulation properties that make it ideal for those that need help staying cool at night. Linen is supremely airy, breathable, and exceptional at wicking moisture away from the body (even better than cotton, which is saying a lot). Instead of clinging to your skin and making you clammy on a hot night, linen will help the air flow through like your very own personal breeze and leave you dry and comfortable, so you can wake up happy and refreshed instead of drenched in sweat."
Imagine this: You're applying your makeup in a humid bathroom without so much as a fan to dry the growing sweat on your brow. It sucks. Your makeup slides around on your cheeks and drops of sweat continue to slide down your face no matter how much you wipe them away. Enter this cooling spray from Urban Decay. It keeps your makeup from smudging or settling into fine lines and actually chills the surface of your makeup to keep that "just-applied" look all day.
As a staunch signature scent kind of gal, it's not often I find a new fragrance that feels like me. That is, until the founder of Vilhelm introduced me to Basilico & Fellini, a cooling, seductive summer scent with notes of basil, dragon fruit, vetiver, and wild fig. It smells just how a fresh, dew-drenched herb garden should come summer. Wearing it makes me feel instantly refreshed, like how I imagine walking around with a portable A/C might feel—but sexier.
This cooling cream gel will keep you calm and cool seconds after you apply it. Use it post–sun exposure or when you're feeling especially sweaty for a refreshing pick-me-up. It reduces redness, relieves excessive heat, and, if you stick it in the fridge, will be the best thing you've ever invested money in.
Formulated to clean impurities from deep within your pores (without leaving your skin feeling tight), this minty-fresh cleanser provides anti-inflammatory relief for easily-irritated skin and a cooling jolt of energy first thing in the morning.
Aside from the fact that this pillow is more comfortable than anything I've ever laid my head on (it offers targeted support for your neck, head, and back when you sleep on your side), it also includes a cooling gel layer to keep you cool all night long.
Vera Bella has found a way to seamlessly work SPF into the most calming, soothing, cooling moisturizer I've ever applied to my face. It smells like cucumbers, protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays, and instantly refreshes my sad, sweaty skin.
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