August brings with it scorching temperatures and even higher humidity levels. And with no reprieve in sight, how are you supposed to chill out? Sure, you can take an ice-cold shower or blast the A/C — but neither are great for your monthly energy bill or the planet. So we started looking for more eco-friendly alternatives. And naturally our search turned to beauty.
While you may not be able to escape the heat, at least you can look and feel cool, calm, and collected with these late-summer skin saviors. For an extra blast of freshness keep all the products in the fridge, because frankly anything ice-cold anything feels pretty good right about now.
Exposure to heat and UV rays can cause redness, inflammation, and swelling. An ice roller is the modern equivalent of the cold-spoon trick. It instantly soothes skin and cools you down. Pop this handheld device into your freezer and let it chill until you're ready for an ice-cold facial treatment. ($29)
After running around in the heat, your face can start to look like ... well, a hot mess. Simultaneously fight makeup meltdown and protect against UV exposure with this multitasking mist. Cucumber and aloe vera extracts soothe skin while moisture magnet hyaluronic acid boosts hydration. ($36)
Need a fast fix for keeping midday shine under control? Blotting papers are it. These sheets are infused with skin-soothing ingredients to reduce redness and absorb excess oil (without messing up makeup). This portable pack fits in your purse or gym bag — so you can mattify skin anytime, anywhere. ($8)
On those dreaded 90-plus-degree days there's nothing better than washing it all away. This refreshing facial cleanser combines essential oils of spearmint and tea tree with antioxidant-rich raspberry water to purge pores of impurities, grease, and grime. ($40)
As the temperature rises, skin is prone to sweat, oil, and congestion. This alcohol-free formula is a natural alternative to drying astringents. A simple swipe of this cooling essence cleanses, tones, and soothes summer-ravaged skin. ($10.95)
During the summer, lips need a little extra TLC. This menthol-infused formula delivers a tingly sensation — that feels downright glacial. Coconut and shea impart mega moisture while zinc offers sun protection. ($5)
Aloe vera is a summer staple — treating everything from sunburn to irritation. This cure-all combines cucumber extract, peppermint oil, and vitamin E to soothe and repair damaged skin. Take the frosty factor up a notch by stashing it in your fridge. ($5.89)
They're called the dog days of summer for a reason. This fatigue-fighting peppermint and tea tree oil formula rinses away sweat, surface oil, and bacteria. So you step out of the shower feeling energized and oh so fresh. ($14)
Summer is all about being easy-breezy. This lightweight spray is the perfect post-sun pick-me-up. A calming combination of flower essences, plant waters, and botanical extracts heals and hydrates overheated skin — without leaving behind greasy residue. ($18)