“Cool for the Summer” isn’t just our favorite song to belt out in the shower—it’s also our beauty mantra during warmer months. Unfortunately, once the temps hit astronomical heights, it’s pretty hard to avoid becoming a sweaty, red mess. And with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a hotter-than-normal summer this year, it’s going to be key to stock up on beauty products that will keep you chill. Read ahead for the best buys to have on hand.
SKINCEUTICALS PHYTO CORRECTIVE GEL
When we say this product is cooling, we really mean it. The gel serum can reduce skin surface temps by up to four degrees in 15 minutes. In less time than it takes to watch an episode of Orange Is the New Black, you can be cool as a cucumber.
Buy it: $62, skinceuticals.com
ERNO LASZLO HYDRA-THERAPY MEMORY SLEEP MASK
This overnight mask provides instant freshness and skin hydration while you catch some Zzz’s. Judit Galambosi, lead therapist at the Erno Laszlo Institute, recommends keeping it in the fridge for an extra burst of frostiness. Gel-based products like this one, which also has moisturizing ingredients like prickly pear and brown algae, are especially refreshing, she says.
Buy it: $90, ernolaszlo.com
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER
Thermal water sprays can comfort your skin as the days get warmer, says Julia Tzu, M.D., founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology. This one from Avène is easily portable, so stash it in your bag to spritz your face after a sweaty outdoor workout or to refresh after a long day of travel.
Buy it: $19, aveneusa.com
MILK MAKEUP COOLING WATER
Can’t make it to the beach? This soothing seawater gel stick is just the ticket. The product, which is vegan and cruelty-free, also contains caffeine to revitalize your skin. You’ll look like you just came back from an oceanfront getaway.
Buy it: $24, sephora.com
SHAVEWORKS THE COOL FIX
Ingrown hairs are a common woe during sundress season. (Oil builds up on the skin, making it harder to shave, explains Anthony Sosnick, founder of Anthony Brands.) This gel lotion combats those nagging bumps we’ve all experienced without the stinging sensations you’ll find in many after-shave products.
Buy it: $26, sephora.com
LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS 30 COOLING WATER SUNSCREEN
This sunscreen slides on easily without being sticky or greasy. When it’s time to reapply, you’ll be happy you picked up this bottle, since the formula is just as refreshing as a splash of water to the face. Tzu recommends choosing a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and provides UVA and UVB protection. Wear it daily during summer months.
Buy it: $36, laroche-posay.us