As I mentally prepare for the upcoming summer madness, bottles of rose, champagne ice, and weekend dips into the ocean, I can’t help but acknowledge the simple fact that with the heat, comes the sweat. But let’s save the perspiration for Soul Cycle, you know?! As the thermometer starts rising, it’s time to find ways to stay cool, hydrated, and fresh-faced, which is why I enlisted my LA girl Marisa Kronengerg to pull together our TOP favorite cooling products. Here is our Cool Effects.
Baby, it’s hot outside! I know summer is the people’s choice when it comes to favorite seasons, and don’t get me wrong, I love a balmy afternoon lounging by the pool with a pressed juice and nothing better to do than maybe go to yoga later (OK, this is just a dream, of course). But most of the time, life’s not quite that easy. Long gone are the days when summer meant three stress-free months of leisure and playtime. Now, summer means having to do the same things we always do just in much hotter weather, which is not all that comfortable or attractive when you have sweat dripping down your face.
Thankfully, these products have a nice “cool effect” that will help to cool you down when you start to feel the heat. Look for products that contain ingredients like aloe and cucumber with a gel base for that refreshing, cooling sensation. Oooh and keep them in your refrigerator like I do for an added boost of coolness…temperature-wise anyway!
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm: This is like a moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum all in one. You’ll feel the cooling effect instantly, as this product absorbs into your skin, creating an ultra-dewy finish. It’s one shade fits all, but I’d say it’s best for light to medium skin tones.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask: With cooling extracts like cucumber, aloe, and chamomile, this gel mask is the perfect way to soothe and hydrate skin after a day in the sun.
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel: I love this product when combatting fatigue from the heat. It’s made to be used as a night treatment but I find it also works great throughout the day to reduce puffiness and for when I just need a little freshening up.
Origins Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes: The metal ball roller feels sooo good on tired, overheated skin. Definitely gives you a more awake, energized appearance.
Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel Lotion: This stuff is great because you can use it on both your face and body to instantly give your skin comfort and relief from exposure to the heat. It’s hydrating but also super light so it feels really nice on.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist: I’m a huge sucker for this packaging. Leave it to Chanel to make the chicest face mist around! The spray is pretty powerful so make sure to give it a full arms length distance when you spray it. The blue ginger and camellia flower cools the skin and the hyaluronic acid keeps it looking supple. It’s pricey but it just looks too good to resist! There’s a subtle cloud-like scent that’s really lovely, too.
Smashbox Hydrating Primer: This lightweight primer glides on like a gel and keeps your foundation looking fresh when you’re running around all day. It immediately quenches your skin and leaves a refreshing cooling sensation, which is a nice, unexpected bonus from a primer.
Hampton Sun Cooling Spray: I learned from Annie that this revitalizing body mist comes in a bronze shade to illuminate your tan and rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Packed with aloe vera, chamomile, and vitamins A through E, it heals and flatters the skin.
Bulgari Au the Vert Perfume: I love the crispness of this green tea unisex scent. It’s light, clean, and soothing. It’s not necessarily “cooling” but it makes you feel like you just got out of your morning shower when it’s actually 4PM.
YSL Bleu Celadon Nail Polish: As part of YSL’s 2014 Summer Collection, this nail color mimics the cool freshness of an aquatic sea blue.