By Victoria Lewis
When it comes to skincare products, cool is the new hot: Everything from primers to masks and SPF now all work like high-tech ice cubes to chill your complexion. Besides feeling amazing on steamy days (see: the next three months), these finds also seal in hydration and help minimize inflammation, redness and swelling, especially if you have sensitive skin or turn the shade of an Atomic Fireball after an intense workout. Here’s what to reach for when the temps soar.
Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
This water-based primer stick ($28) cools and preps your skin for makeup. Mineral-rich Alaskan glacial water hydrates and reduces pore size while snowflake (yes, real snowflake!) extract evens skin tone and aloe extract repairs sun damage. Apply before the rest of your makeup or over everything for an on-the-go refresh.
Davines SU After Sun
After a long day in the sun, this cream gel ($28) moisturizes and restores your skin. Look to star ingredients like aloe vera extract and chinotto (a species of orange native to Italy) to heal and reduce swelling and argan oil to hydrate and nourish.
Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb
A Korean cult-favorite product that has finally made its way stateside, this ultra-lightweight, gel-like cream moisturizer ($38) packs a seriously hydrating punch. Its secret weapon? Lady’s Mantle extract, which has been said to be used by women in medieval Europe to keep skin clear and smooth.
L’Oreal Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion
This non-sticky, clear SPF ($10) immediately reduces your skin’s temp by up to four degrees. Plus, antioxidants like vitamin E, white grape seed, sea buckthorn oil and sunflower oil work to soften skin and protect it from free radical damage. In other words, you want this in your beach bag.
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Minish Mist
Designed specifically to combat extra-oily skin that plagues us in the summer months, this facial mist ($30) helps reduce excess sebum production, shrink pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The unique formula works in two parts: a powder phase, which mattifies, and a liquid phase, with ingredients like eucalyptus extract and witch hazel, to calm and soothe irritated skin. Shake the bottle to blend the powder and liquid phases before using.
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Skyn Iceland Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion
If you want the iciest of products, you’ve got to go straight to the source. This lightweight face moisturizer ($45) is full of things like Icelandic kelp, glacial water and arctic cloudberry—aka serious chill factor. Those prone to irritation or redness will want to keep this detoxifying moisturizer on hands at all time.
Kenzo Kenzoki Ice Cold Eye Cream
Brighten up with this ginger-water enriched eye cream ($46). The proprietary blend of essential oils contains plenty of calming, cooling ingredients on its own, but for extra refreshment, try storing this bottle in the fridge. Your tired eyes will thank you the next morning.
Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask
The latest innovation in sheet masks is using hydrogel, which adheres to the skin even more effectively than its fabric predecessors. This organic version ($9) has a blend of botanicals (camellia, chrysanthemum and dandelion) and aloe vera to hydrate and soothe inflamed skin. Use it after a long day at the beach or even as a quick sun break for your face while lounging by the pool.
La Fresh Instant Cooling Body Soother
Infused with a blend of six oils (peppermint, olive and grape-seed among them), these eco-friendly wipes ($10) can be patted on post-workout to refresh your skin. They also bring down your body temp for those times when the locker room has only one shower—and you so don’t have the time to wait in line.
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