It’s been an unusually hot summer, so keeping cool has been a real challenge. But there’s no need to sweat it, not when there are all sorts of skin care products made to drop temps with refreshing gels and skin-soothing ingredients.
Hot weather can lead to high skin temperatures, which, combined with UV radiation, can damage skin cells and collagen, says board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou. Some studies show that heat and high skin temps can even lead to hyperpigmentation in many Asian skin types. Yikes! So chill out with these tips.
• Refrigerate sheet masks and eye gels for a quick cooldown.
• Spritz skin with an antioxidant mist to help keep temps down and add a boost of free radical protection.
• Suck on an ice cube! It’s been shown to calm red, blotchy skin.
You may also want to switch out some of your usual skin care with these products that cool on contact.
Boscia Sake Balm, $46: This cooling, bouncy gel with bioactive rice ferment filtrate from a Kyoto sake plant boosts skin barrier function and seriously hydrates.
La Mer After Sun Enhancer, $125: Infused with their signature miracle broth and antioxidants, this luxe gelée cools skin with a sheer glow.
Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask, $45: This super-light overnight mask instantly cools upon contact with rich Okinawan water and soybean extracts.
Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Foam Cleansing Duo, $24: A steaming cleanser first deep cleans pores, then a cooling cleanser refreshes and calms.
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Cooling Moisture Mist, $18: This mist cools and calms irritation and redness with copper and wild pansy extracts.
Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm, $38: A water fusion balm that refreshes, brightens the eye area with vitamin C, and calms with sea algae.
Amarte Aqua Lotion, $75: The lightweight gel moisturizer soothes with botanicals allantoin and witch hazel, while arbutin brightens.
DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On, $34: Massage on this eye serum anytime for an instantly chilled, de-puffing effect.
Originally published in Composure Magazine.