No need to pump the AC at full blast: it's possible to beat the heat with just a few spritzes of a cooling spray, a couple swipes of a balm, or a cold shower paired with the right toiletries. Cooling products are the latest in skincare, and their secrets lie in their ingredients.
"Ingredients like menthol can have a strong cooling effect and can feel especially good if you have poison ivy or a sunburn," says New York-based dermatologist Doris Day, MD. "But don't get a sunburn!"
Made synthetically or obtained organically from mint oils, menthol can create a refreshing, tingling sensation. Even if your skin is simply combatting the natural heat of summer, the cooling effect of menthol can go a long way.
In high temperatures, cucumber and aloe can be serious skin-savers thanks to their naturally cooling properties. When in need of a pick-me-up, go for a spritz of a cooling spray. "In general, any liquid will feel at least slightly cooling," says Day. For maximum effect, use a product that's marketed specifically for its chill-inducing properties.
Looking for a way to keep cool? Try one of these products!
Milk Makeup's Cooling Water feels cool to the touch, thanks to marine minerals. Plus, caffeine works to energize skin by increasing micro-circulation—resulting in a healthy glow.
So, you got a sunburn. The long-term effects aren't great (listen to Dr. Day!), but you can soothe angry skin now with a mist made from healing aloe and cooling menthol.
We're not saying you should wear this icy-cool lip balm when you're going on a hot date, but we're also not not saying you should wear this icy-cool lip balm when you're going on a hot date.
Sometimes a cold shower just isn't enough. When in need of major heat relief, turn to an invigorating body wash that gets its cool touch from a blend of eucalyptus, cedarwood, and mint.
When in doubt, spray. But to make the most of the heat-taming effect, opt for a mist that has cooling ingredients like menthol.
Give your skin a treat as you tackle under-eye circles. A rollerball applicator feels cool to the touch, while cucumber freshens skin. Consider this a step up from cucumber slices.
Warning: this combination body wash and exfoliator is addictive, thanks to its foaming mix of peppermint and jojoba. Use it after a tough workout for an instant pick-me-up.
Simply place this shower bomb below your shower's stream and allow its mix of menthol and cucumber to transform your bathroom into a refreshing spa. The muscle-relaxing steam will soothe your body—and open up your sinuses.
You know you should moisturize daily, but applying a heavy cream can seem like a hassle, especially in the summer. Thankfully, this lightweight face lotion absorbs quickly and creates a cooling, tingly feeling when applied.