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Take a chill pill

Hot enough for you? Soon enough you'll be asking -- and hearing that question a lot. Summer is around the corner and we want you to be ready for it. That's why we've put together an arsenal of cooling products aimed at helping you look great while beating the heat. Check them out.

Cool down beauty

1All about eyes

Your eyes may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to cooling down, but we can attest to the heat-busting effects of Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage ($26). This ingenious product massages the eye area with a cooling rollerball that instantly refreshes and hydrates tired eyes.

2Full-body cool down

Beat the heat or sooth a sunburn with Korres Yogurt Cooling Gel ($23.50), which soothes overheated skin with the healing power of yogurt. Stash it in your tote bag and whip it out any time your skin needs some extra, cooling moisture.

3Foot fix

Pamper tired feet with H2O + Softening Mint Foot Rub ($14), which not only helps relieve tension but also cools and soothes overworked, over heated feet. We love the uplifting scent and how great our tender tootsies feel after applying.

4Love your legs

If you've spent even a few hours traipsing around the city in the heat and humidity, then you know how exhausted your legs feel afterwards. Alleviate heat-fatigued legs with Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel ($14), which cools and stimulates circulation.

4Calming moisture

Sun, sand and surf can take their toll on our sensitive skin. That's why we love the hydrating and cooling effect of Yes to Cucumbers Cooling Body Butter ($12), a rich and highly nourishing product that soothes, smooths and leaves skin perfectly quenched.

6Cooling sunblock

Beat the heat while protecting yourself from the sun with Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Mist Sunblock SPF 45 ($9.99). The ultra-light mist cools skin as it provides a steady stream of UVA protection. You won't have to remind us to reapply when putting on sunscreen feels this good (and cools us down so well!)

7Soothing mist

There's no way you'll overheat if you remember to keep Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Mist ($29) in your purse this summer. As the shiver-inducing name suggests, this toning mist not only hydrates and refreshes, it cools skin down with the calming effect of cucumber water.

8Ice cream, anyone?

OK, this one doesn't have any cooling properties per se, but we can't resist soaping up with Philosophy double chocolate chip ice cream ($25), a three-in-one shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. The name alone cools us right down and the scent is so deliciously spot-on you'll be tempted to taste.

Extra cool-down tips

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid heavy meals which can weigh you down
  • Snack on fruit and crunchy veggies versus salty snacks that can make you retain water (no thanks!)
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat for extra shade
  • Keep beauty products in the fridge for an extra blast of cooling power

More summer beauty

The best bathing suit for your body type
Pamper and polish: Get your feet ready for sandal season
Smooth legs 101: How to get the closest shave

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