Hot Out There? Chill Out With These Cooling Beauty Products for Summer
The joy of spending days and nights outdoors is the reason we can’t wait for summer each year. But the unbearable heat, faucet-like dripping sweat and stickiness we could do without. When it comes to summer beauty, we have a couple of objectives. First, find a sunscreen we genuinely want to use. Second, stock up on smudge-proof makeup products that will stand up to sweat. And, of course, keep cool. Though crop tops, sandals and beach vacays can help us in our quest to stay comfortable in the summer heat, cooling beauty products happen to be our secret weapon of choice.
They contain calming ingredients like cucumber, mint, yogurt and aloe and are guaranteed to chill you out in seconds. Some cooling beauty products are meant to be applied after sun exposure, others while out in the sun and some can be used any time our skin needs a refreshing pick-me-up. What’s more, they can work beyond summer, especially when skin is feeling sensitive. You can even store some of the products in the fridge for a more intense cooldown.
Next time the temperature soars, grab a hat, a cold drink of water (or a boozy slushie) and one of these cooling products to beat the heat this summer.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Calming + Cooling Gel, $26 at Sephora
Real Greek yogurt offers a soothing, cooling sensation your face and body will really appreciate this time of year. It also provides a super dose of probiotics to nurture your skin. Use after sun exposure for immediate, long-lasting relief and comfort.
Kinfield Sunday Spray, $22 at Kinfield
This spray instantly soothes sunburned and stressed-out skin. It’s all thanks to cooling, moisturizing ingredients like natural spearmint, eucalyptus and cucumber. Meanwhile aloe and prickly pear provide healing relief from summer skin issues.
Milk Makeup Cooling Water, $28 at Sephora
Yes, it's "cooling water" in a handy stick. It's formulated with anti-inflammatory sea water, caffeine and aloe to get rid of puffiness and hydrate skin. Use it on the face, eye area and even the body. Pro tip: Pop it in the fridge overnight and use it in the morning to energize skin. Late night? What late night?
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion, $11.99 at Ulta Beauty
Stay calm, cool and collected with this after-sun lotion. The lightweight, nongreasy formula has aloe, vitamin E and cocoa butter to replenish skin's moisture levels and soothe. For best results, gently apply to burned skin. It can even be applied before setting out into the great outdoors.
Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask, $38 at Sephora
There's a mask to target every skin care concern. That includes this one for hot, oily skin with uneven texture and enlarged pores. The detoxifying mask is inspired by the "cold plunge" in a Scandinavian sauna cycle. There's no need for the hot treatment because the cold part smooths skin, manages oil and minimizes pores. It comes in a soothing (and Instagram-friendly) turquoise clay.
COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist, $13.99 at Walmart
Facial mists are hero products for staying cool during summer heat waves. Keep this one within reach and spray skin every time it could do with a refresher. It's suitable for all skin types and moisturizes skin as it cools it down thanks to amino acids, aloe and antioxidants.
Physicians Formula RefreshMint Cucumber & Bamboo Eye De-Puffer, $10.49 at Physicians Formula
Don't forget about the eye area. The easy-to-apply stick is jam-packed with soothing ingredients, including peppermint, cucumber, bamboo, aloe vera and glacial water. The dermatologist-tested product moisturizes, cools and depuffs the eye area so you can say goodbye to bags. It absorbs quickly and won't mess with concealer application.
Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel, $5 at Too Cool For School
There's a lot of consideration about what we apply to skin before stepping out in the sun, but we don't think about what to apply after nearly as much. After-sun products are important because they help replenish moisture and soothe. This lotion has liquid ice technology that uses temperature-sensing calcium irons and gentle ingredients to calm skin. There's no menthol or alcohol here. The lightweight gel formula is a nice alternative to heavy creams.
Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion, $48 at Skyn Iceland
This is one cooling product that's worth having in your routine all year round. It's a daily moisturizing lotion to treat redness, breakouts and oily to combination skin. Apply it after cleansing and you'll be able to actually feel the cooling sensation courtesy of a mint derivative. With everyday use, it detoxifies and fortifies for healthy, less stressed skin.
Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray, $33 at JCPenney
Summer is all about effortless beauty. If you like the idea of a cooling beauty product but aren't into the idea of having to reapply it, try this multitasking makeup setting spray. Apply it after makeup to prevent it from migrating. The moisture-resistant setting spray also has a cooling time-release formula that chills the surface of makeup to help it stay fresh and keep skin cool.
Vitabath Cool Spearmint & Thyme Body Wash, $8.95 at Vitabath
Having a literal ice bath may initially sound appealing, but it can lose its appeal when your teeth start chattering. Instead, try this exhilarating body wash. Lather it on in the tub or shower and the formula clears the mind and soothes skin. It's as enjoyable applied after a long day stomping the pavement as it is when used to help wake up in the morning.