As much as I love warm weather—the sun! the heat!—it has its dark side. The very best things about hot temperatures are also the things responsible for leaving me sweaty, sticky, and sometimes smelly for a solid quarter of the year. Ahead, nine products that eliminate sweat, shine and other adverse side-effects of warm weather.
Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer
Theoretically, a little summer dewiness makes skin look all glowy and gorgeous. It never really stops at dewy, though, does it? An a.m. slather of this moisture- and oil-inhibiting moisturizer mattefies skin at least until lunchtime, faking the impression that you’ve been lazing under an air conditioning unit all morning.
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers
As much as a mattifying moisturizer reins in shine on your cheeks and chin, your nose and forehead probably have a rebellious streak could benefit from some old-school schooling. Enter: blotting papers. The key is using them right. Rather than rubbing, gently press like you’re using a napkin to sop up grease on a pizza slice. Sweat and oil will be gone without ever disturbing your makeup.
Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
A sweaty scalp can flatten a blowout it took me a half hour to style in around 13 seconds, which is why I now finish every summertime blowout with a blast of dry shampoo at the roots. In the same way that it soaks up existing oil to make a third-day hairstyle look just washed, the rice starch in this spray will wick sweat throughout a hot day.
Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream
There are lots, and lots, and lots of antiperspirants out there (a quick Walgreen’s search pulls up 665 options!). This is the one, though, that I keep coming back to every summer—and not just because its natural ingredient list somehow manages to keep me totally dry. I can also wear it with my summer blacks without leaving any chalky evidence behind.
Whish Deodorant Swipes
So much negative attention is targeted at sweaty armpits—and fair enough. They certainly aren’t shy about broadcasting when they’re feeling hot and humid with a waft of B.O. That said, we have sweat glands head to toe, and, while these little portable wipes were technically made for under-arms, I’ve found they work just as well at blocking perspiration everywhere else I sweat.
Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion
“Oh sorry, I just washed my hands,” is a very good lie to tell if you ever have to present a sweat-damp hand in greeting. It’s much better than the truth, which is that you’re just a very sweaty person with very sweaty hands. Or! You could apply this cream in the a.m. and p.m., and as needed in between. It blocks glands instantly while also building up sweat-blocking effects over four weeks.
Fromonda Talc-Free Body Powder
If you’ve never used body powder on anything other than a baby, you’ve been missing out on one of the best ways to stop sweat. Dust it on head to toe, or just target it at places prone to chafing.
Foot Sense All Natural Foot & Shoe Powder
After armpits, feet are the most obnoxious of summertime offenders. A dusting of foot powder, however can save you from a season of sloshing around in sweat-filled sandals.
Knockout Lacy Thong
I’m not really comfortable talking about sweaty lady-bits, and you probably aren’t very comfortable hearing about them. So let’s let these moisture-wicking underpants rescue us from an uncomfortable conversation by dazzling us with how pretty they are and never even mentioning their unusual talent for soaking up sweat down below.
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