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:
1. Formulary 55: Clementine & Lime Shea Butter Moisturizing Soap.
The citrus notes in this bar soap are simple, elegant, and incredibly refreshing. It makes the perfect addition to a guest room for friends staying over...but you'll probably want one for yourself, too. Formulary 55: Clementine & Lime Shea Butter Moisturizing Soap ($10)
2. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo.
This works two ways: The charcoal detoxifies the scalp while a minty essential oil blend cools your head, which is one of the warmest parts of your body. Your scalp will thank you! Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42)
3. Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Body Wash.
A natural staple, this body wash is certainly cooling but not as stimulating as the peppermint version. Take a tepid shower with this body wash and you'll emerge feeling like a new woman. Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Body Wash ($16)
DIY: Cooling grapefruit-mint body spray.
As a member of the citrus family, grapefruit has a refresh scent and invigorates both the mind and the body. Here's exactly how to make it. In a 6-ounce spray bottle, combine the ingredients below. Shake well after combining and before each use. If you're spritzing outside, be sure you're protected with sunscreen as grapefruit can be photosensitive if not diluted. Enjoy!
- 4 ounces mineral water (or filtered water)
- 1 tablespoon glycerin, if you have it
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint or spearmint oil