If you’re anything like me it takes more than a few days to adjust when the temperature climbs into the 90’s and beyond and the humidity makes the air so thick it’s hard to breathe. At times, this heat and high humidity combo can sap all my energy and make me feel light-headed, irritable and more than a little cranky, so finding ways to keep my cool is of the utmost importance.
Keeping cool when the mercury soars is no easy feat, but over the years I’ve learned a trick or two to help me get through it. I’ve found that cool showers, wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing and drinking plenty of H2O before I even feel thirsty does make a difference in how I feel. I avoid exercising outdoors except in the slightly cooler morning or early evening hours and I’ll stick to the shady side of the street. I’ve also found that using the right beauty products can almost make the high temps feel downright enjoyable. Your best bets are products that contain aloe, mint or cucumber and are in a water or gel base for a cooling sensation. While you’re at it, you might want to pop them in the fridge for an extra refreshing boost — I know I do!
These 6 cooling beauty products will help you take the edge off so you look and feel calm and cool:
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Invigorating Shampoo #1636 and C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Invigorating Conditioner #1640 ($12 each) are both formulated with cooling peppermint extract to awaken your senses and refresh strands. Hair will be shinier, more manageable, nourished and healthy looking.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask ($45) contains skin-loving ingredients including cooling aloe, cucumber, papaya, and chamomile. Use it to refresh, rehydrate and soothe dry, irritated skin.
Supergoop! Mint Fusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($8.50) invigorates, repairs, protects and soothes the delicate skin on your lips. Hydrating and protective shea butter, cooling spearmint leaf oil and menthol help make up its list of ingredients. Feel free to wear it alone or underneath your favorite lip color.
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Shine Control Cream-Gel ($20) is an oil-free, cream gel that cools on contact and instantly mattifies and moisturizes your complexion as it visually minimizes pores. Antioxidants and encapsulated Vitamin C protect your skin and help you find your outer glow. Ideal for those with a normal to oily complexion.
Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26) is meant to be applied to your face or body. Enriched with active plant extracts and hydrating yogurt, it’s a cooling, soothing cream gel that delivers long-lasting freshness and comfort making it ideal for after sun exposure or any time you need extra hydration and heat-relief.
Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub ($9) contains powerhouse ingredients like tea tree oil, pumice, wintergreen, wild mint oil and menthol to smooth, cool, deodorize, refresh and moisturize. To use, massage into feet concentrating on rough or dry areas before rinsing clean. Pat dry.