I have this new fun thing I do every day where I open up my fridge, pull up a chair, and sit there all night because my apartment is a sauna. It’s barely June, and I’m already savoring every second in an air-conditioned grocery store. Summer just arrived, and if you’re already sweating like me, the need for a little relief is imminent. Instead of my nightly dates with the fridge, I’m investing in a few key summer staples to make living in the heat of summer bearable.
Obviously, the first thing you need to get your hands on is a good deodorant. There are a lot of good ones on the market, but I'd be remiss to tell you my favorite. This is the longest-lasting natural deodorant I've ever found. It doesn't irritate my underarms, keeps them smooth, and is always clear. Our other editors swear by Native and Megababe.
If you want something that eliminates odor while wicking away at sweat (OK, who doesn't?), this is a great formula to try. It's a cream-to-powder that contains baking soda and Kaolin clay that absorb sweat and oil while keeping body odor at bay.
If you're worried about making the switch to natural deodorant, grab this to help with the transition. The Everymom's Managing Editor Julia said this made it feel like there wasn't really a transition at all! Just like a clay mask for your face, apply this under your arms, leave on for five minutes, and rinse in the shower.
I truly didn't live before I tried this product. I, like many women out there, have thighs that touch each other, and when it gets hot down there, I'm held up for days with cuts, bruises, and the worst chafing you'll ever see. Then, I found Megababe's Thigh Rescue. It's the best product I've found to prevent chafing. Apply it between your legs (or anywhere you chafe—I put it around my bra straps sometimes too) like a deodorant, and it lasts for hours. I keep mine in my purse in case I need to touch up, but it lasts most of the day on me.
Although it's not in the prettiest packaging, Gold Bond Medicated Powder is everything for itchy, sweaty skin. I use it very similar to how you'd use the Megababe Bust Dust: under-boob sweat, in-between my legs, under the arms, and even on my back on super hot days.
On super hot days where you can't even think about putting on more sunscreen, opt for this spray one instead. It's a mix between a sunscreen, facial mist, and makeup setting spray, so you get the best of all three. Keep this in your bag all summer long.
Keeping a cool mist on you during the summer to refresh your skin in the heat isn't the worst idea. This one from Honest Beauty is a hydrating, fine mist that keeps makeup from melting away and reduces the powerdy look you might get from blotting your face all day long.
Keep these individually wrapped face and body towelettes in your bag all summer long. These towels are soaked in cooling menthol and aloe vera to soothe the skin. They're meant to feel like a cold shower after a long, hot day—and that's all any of us want, right?