The Best Cooling Beauty Products for Summer

When temperatures soar, keeping cool is as easy as adding a few key pieces to your skincare routine.

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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!"

Mint isn't just for giving your cocktails a cool touch. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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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.

Cucumbers will keep you cool (and tame those under-eye bags). Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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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!

Cooling Water, $24, milkmakeup.com.

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.

Hydrating Aloe Mist, $28, hamptonsuncare.com.
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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.

Mentha Lip Balm Stick, $8, bigelowchemists.com.

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.

Eucalyptus Body Wash, $30, moltonbrown.com.
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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.

Soothing Cooling Hydrating Mist by Yes to Cucumbers, $11, drugstore.com.
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When in doubt, spray. But to make the most of the heat-taming effect, opt for a mist that has cooling ingredients like menthol.

No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Eyes, $26, origins.com.

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.

Super Minty Soap'N Scrub, $32, blissworld.com.

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.

Shower Bomb by Levels Natural, $8, birchbox.com.

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.

The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion by Skyn Iceland, $45, birchbox.com.

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.

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