Summertime can be a challenging season for looking good. While it can mean basking under the sun in a chic swimsuit and sipping icy cocktails, it can also mean dressing up for work with your makeup melting while your body sweats from head to toe. There are also times when your skin suffers from swelling and redness after a long day of sun-drenched adventures. Here are some helpful ways to cool your skin down while on the go or after sun exposure.
On The Go
Trick Your Body into Feeling Cooler
It may not sound very convincing, but applying a minty lip balm can make your entire body feel cooler. So bring one with you at all times! You can also focus on cooling down your nape with wet tissues because this is where the brain senses and regulates body temperatures.
However, these are just temporary measures to make you feel better. Your skin can still suffer from rashes, itching, hypersensitivity and enlarged pores if the temps are too high.
The most natural way to beat the heat is by drinking water. It also prevents dehydration by replenishing body fluids lost through sweating, which in turn helps regulate skin temperature.
For a quick pick-me-up, use minty facial or deodorant body wipes. A deo wipe instantly removes sweat and odor, leaving skin refreshed and pleasantly scented while also preventing further sweating. Alcohols in wipes take heat away from skin as they evaporate. Just make sure your skin isn’t allergic to alcohol.
Use a Spray
There are times when you can’t use wipes, such as when you’re wearing makeup. In these cases, use a facial mist or body spray to hydrate and lower your skin temperature. A facial mist on your desk comes in handy when you feel like dozing off in the office. It also doubles as a primer and setting product for makeup. Look for ingredients like mint, camphor, tea tree oil, lime, grapefruit, cucumber, aloe or coconut for a cooling kick.
Apply a Mask
Storing your skin care products in the fridge not only prevents ingredients from losing their potency, but also makes them more soothing on skin. After sun exposure, apply a pre-chilled mask on your face for instant relief. It can be any essence-type paper, hydrogel, kelp or foil mask. There are also mask packs, clay masks and peel-off masks designed specifically to cool down skin, draw out sebum and tighten pores.
Use a Cooling Massage Roller
These facial rollers should be kept in the fridge for 2-3 hours prior to use. The metal and refrigerant in the roller helps to cool, soothe and firm skin, and reduces swelling and irritation. Use with a cooling gel to maximize the benefits.
Apply Cooling Gel
Aloe vera is a magical plant – it can moisturize, calm and firm skin, and heal minor sunburn, wounds and acne. Massaging pre-chilled aloe gel on overheated skin not only cools it down, but can also ease muscle pain. This beauty hack is particularly useful after a day of outdoor sports.