Summer is great, but it can wreak havoc on our skin. From sweat to heat rash to burns and shiny complexions, there are more than a few frustrations brought on by our favorite season.
Summer skin essentials
Stave off discomfort, stay cool and look great despite the heat with our skin-saving product picks.
Feeling flushed? Now you can cool down and combat shine with M.A.C. Magically Cool Liquid Powder ($30). Made from 70 percent water, this unique product feels like a cool mist as you brush it onto your skin. It’s also sheer, light-reflecting and translucent, which will leave you fresh-faced and looking great.
Trade your usual moisturizer for Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel ($7). The mint-scented gel hydrates skin for up to 24 hours, while offering a welcoming cooling sensation. Perfect for sunburned skin or any day when you need a reprieve from the heat.
Skin cooling mist
For the hottest days of summer where you just want to run through a sprinkler (but can’t), we found the next best thing. Stash this Philip B Blue Mist Skin-Cooling Spray ($28) in your bag for an instant refreshing spritz when you need it most. The light blend of menthol and pure essential oils of peppermint, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, marjoram, pine and tea tree oil goes on chilly -- perfect for cooling down your body on a hot day.
Cooling leg gel
After a long day at work on a hot day (even with the air conditioning cranked), your legs can feel extra tired, not to mention swollen. Give your gams some relief with The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel ($14). Aching, overheated legs are revitalized and circulation stimulated. Hint: Keep it in the fridge for an extra-chilly boost.
If you did happen to get a bit too much sun, you’re going to need some post-burn relief. We like J.R. Watkins Soothing After Sun Gel ($9), which rehydrates skin and soothes the sting of a burn with aloe. Simply smooth the cooling product onto your over-sunned skin for instant soothing results.
A hot day can mean red, irritated skin. Give your complexion a cooling treat with Aveda Outer Peace Cooling Masque ($37). A blend of pure plant extracts work to calm and cool skin. Use once a week for five to 10 minutes for summer complexion comfort.
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