Our skin, hair and body have to put up with a lot during an NYC summer. Humidity. UV rays. Humidity. Pollution. Humidity. Aggressive air conditioning. Did we mention humidity? Fortunately, with the right gear, the hottest months of the year don’t have to be any more sweaty and miserable than absolutely necessary. Here, seven products that will keep you fresh, sun-protected and ready for anything.
7 Summer Survival Products You Need in Your Arsenal
A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works: Primary Mineral Deodorant
If you’ve made the switch to natural deodorant but haven’t found a product that truly gets the job done without having to reapply every two hours, try this mineral spray. One of our sweatiest friends swears by the plant-based formula, which uses magnesium chloride and zinc ricinoleate (both naturally derived, from seabeds and castor seed oil, respectively) to absorb odor.
Spf…for Your Head: Supergoop Poof Part Powder
While we apply sunscreen to our face, neck and arms religiously, we never gave much thought to protecting our scalp—until our middle part got totally fried after a day spent walking around while on vacation. Upon returning home, we immediately picked up this innovative powder spray, which provides mineral SPF protection, disappears into roots and even absorbs oil.
A Waterproof Mascara That Stays Put: Eyeko Beach
Suddenly your go-to mascara (that works like a champ nine months out of the year) turns into smudge city when faced with ocean air and 90-plus-degree days. Swap it out for this volumizing formula, which contains coconut oil and sunscreen, and lives up to its name. It won’t budge even after a swim. Just be forewarned: You’ll need a good oil-based makeup remover to take it off.
A Cooling Facial Mist: Herbivore After Sun
This refreshing mist is like an ice-cold cocktail for hot, irritated skin. Aloe soothes post–sun exposure, lavender acts as an anti-inflammatory, peppermint cools you off and witch hazel tones. Throw this into your bag for an instant pick-me-up whenever you need it.
A Non-greasy Body Lotion: Skin Trip
Slathering on lotion in summer seems like a good idea…until you’re walking around an hour later and still feel like an oiled-up bodybuilder. This ultralight lotion—a favorite of old-school surfers—somehow manages to absorb instantly while still hydrating even the most sun-parched skin with aloe and coconut oil. Oh, and it smells like a piña colada, which isn’t the worst.
A Frizz-fighting Styling Product: Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield
To step outside in August is to abandon whatever blowout or styling attempt you made before leaving the house. That is, unless you’ve given your locks a few spritzes of this humidity-blocking spray. The silicone-free, weightless formula is designed to be used as a last step in your routine, keeping frizz and flyaways at bay for all hair types.
An Ultralight Moisturizer: Atrue Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream
Fact: Your skin’s needs change with the seasons. And while heavier moisturizers might work wonders in winter, they can leave even dry-skinned folks feeling like an oil slick in summer. This water-based gel cream has a cooling, featherlight texture but doesn’t skimp on hydration, with an ingredient list that includes antioxidant-rich black and green tea. (If you need a little more moisture, add a few drops of squalane oil.)