Say what? That's not what your Fourth looks like? It's a kinda swampy, kinda festive, boozy barbecue, with nary a green in sight? No judgments either way—here at mbg, we're all about balance. Regardless of what you decide to consume, we're glad that almost everybody can agree on two things/ First, America is 241 years young (you look great, girl!). And second, unless you're in the Pacific Northwest, dang! It's hot.
Thankfully, there's something you can do about it. According to the ancient philosophies of ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, the muggy, scorching summer sun can be counterbalanced with cooling ingredients. Ingesting foods and drinks like cucumber, watermelon, and lemon water throughout the day will calm the nervous system, which is often overstimulated in the heat. On the flip side, avoiding warming foods like peppers, ginger, and beef is just as important.
The same goes for your beauty regimen. By choosing products that include cooling ingredients, you'll feel better throughout the day...and the whole summer if you keep at it. Eucalyptus, grapefruit, and aloe vera are mildly astringent, detoxifying, and will leave your skin feeling fresh AF. Here are some of the best cooling products you can buy right now, plus a DIY body and space spray that'll help you keep you and your crew calm, cool, and collected: