I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
We’re about two weeks into summer and, let’s see… yep, still my least-favorite season.
I’m always at least warm, even in an air-conditioned room. You know that Nelly song, “Hot in Herre”? It’s about my bra. To make matters worse, I typically give into my body hangups during the summer, meaning I never go sleeveless and even sometimes put on shapewear under my clothes. I realize I’m a glutton for sweaty punishment.
I know I’m not alone in my swampiness, which is why it may come as a relief to you as much as it does to me that there are products promising to make summer (or any time of year you feel hot, which, for me, is all the times of year) seem a little less hellish by cooling your skin.
Here are five of my favorites.
Rituals Ice Shower Cooling Shower Gel
Made to be used after doing something athletic or sitting in the heat watching other people do something athletic, this fresh-scented shower gel (the fragrance leans a little masculine) promises a “long-lasting cooling effect.”
The bamboo and Japanese mint in the formula make for a very refreshing bathing experience, and Rituals even suggests applying it to your skin before you get in the shower for an even more intense cool-off. It may feel weird at first, but it’s totally worth it.
Dial Frozen Yogurt Cooling Body Wash
If you prefer a creamy (and less expensive) body wash, good ol’ Dial has a new one that isn’t just inspired by frozen yogurt; it actually contains yogurt protein, which conditions skin.
The cooling part comes from menthol, but you can’t smell it at all; the fragrance is sweet and fruity. In fact, the formula even has watermelon and naturally exfoliating pineapple and papaya juices.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash
If you don’t have time to wash your whole body but you still want to feel clean and refreshed, this face wash needs to live on the edge of your sink.
Like the Dial body wash, it relies on menthol to cool your skin, but the star ingredient, tea tree, is the real overachiever here. In addition to adding to the cooling effect, it keeps skin clear with the help of salicylic acid.
This formula seems custom-made for those of us who tend to both sweat more and break out more in the summer.
The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray
I’ve gotta give The Body Shop extra love because they really have the head-to-toe cooling thing covered. Well, face-and-toe.
This spray is like mouthwash for your feet. And it really does smell like mouthwash, thanks to peppermint oil, which both deodorizes and cools. And--surprise--there’s menthol in there, too.
I’ve never been a big strappy-open-toe-sandals person, so a spray like this is absolutely necessary after wearing closed-toe flats lest I instantly kill my neighbors with fumes upon taking them off.
Dr. Lin Daily Hydrating Gel
This moisturizer isn’t intrinsically cooling (though it is soothing with its aloe and cucumber), but you can make it the most cooling product on this list by keeping it in the fridge.
This has become my face-cream replacement in the morning because I tend to sweat while I’m getting ready, and a layer of this chilled gel helps keep that under control. Plus, if I just can’t seem to get cool enough to fall asleep comfortably, I can wear it as an overnight mask.
Even if you’re not the swampy type, the formula’s hyaluronic acid, bearberry, chamomile, and arbutin make it a perfect mix for anyone with dry, irritated, and uneven skin.
What’s your favorite cooling beauty product? Do you keep any products in the fridge? Is not going outside until September an option?