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Stay fresh and confident in the summer heat

I started blogging about my favorite beauty products in 2005 and have been featured in the New York Times, WWD Beauty Biz and more.

Let's face it, we all have our moments when we feel "not so fresh" when the mercury starts to rise and we're battling the heat and humidity during these summer months. Since air conditioning or lounging poolside is not an option for all of us, I wanted to share part of my routine for keeping cool and staying fresh this summer.

1. Powder

Absorbing moisture is key, and baby powder is a powerful ally in the war against moisture. A liberal dusting under my arms and any area of my body that is covered with clothing is one of the first things I do in the morning. An added benefit? This helps prevent chafing, so get ready to say goodbye to the chub rub.

2. Panty liners

Panty liners are a must. Can we admit that if something is off with our nether regions, that it throws everything else off? I'm a firm believer that the word "moist" should really only apply to food. It's one of those ugly truths we all deal with, and sometimes one little change makes a world of difference. So I recently updated my routine, and now use a daily liner when I get dressed in the morning; they go a long way in absorbing moisture down there. My pick? Carefree's Acti-Fresh Daily Liners are unscented, soft, super thin and absorbent. They feel like they are not even there and you'll forget you're even wearing one. Hands down, this is a major component to keeping that fresh feeling... it's like having a fresh pair of undies anytime, all the time.

3. Pack and prepare

I keep "freshening-up essentials" with me at all times. From my dry shampoo to wet towelettes to dental floss, I have everything I need to take me from work to happy hour on a nice, sunny patio. I put my hair up and reach for my favorite perfumed towelettes. It cools me down and leaves my skin lightly scented with green tea.

4. Play dress-up

Last but definitely not least, I dress the part. It is nothing but lightweight and breathable materials once it starts to warm up. Anything that breathes and doesn't trap in body heat is my friend during the summer. That and a topknot or French braid and I'm good to go.

How do you stay fresh and cool? We'd love to hear your routine for staying fresh during these warmer months.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Carefree and SheKnows.

Photo credit: Layland Masuda/Moment/Getty images
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