For most of the country, we’ve long cursed the bitter cold months and a dreary semblance of spring that preceded us, begging for the dog days of summer. But, coincidentally, when the heat rises—especially to unbearably sweaty levels—we’re in constant search of a cooler reprieve. And since warmer weather lends itself to more travel time and being on the move, it’s key to have an arsenal of products that’ll keep you cool no matter where you roam.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best products to help keep your internal temperature regulated, from ice straws to cooling bed sheets.
Skin Refreshing Facial Roller
This stainless steel unit, with its ergonomically-friendly handle, is loaded with water-filled gel balls. Place it in your freezer and after a few hours, run the roller over your face, neck, and décolleté to reduce morning puffiness and inflammation, to calm redness after a workout or waxing treatment, or any time of the day to shrink the appearance of pores and blood vessels.
Finally, a hat that provides major sun protection and looks stylish too. Designed using a finely woven, braided polyester, this sun hat has a 4” wide brim and a UPF 50+, a fabric rating that designates how effectively it blocks ultraviolet radiation, with 50 being the highest delegated number.
Insulated Water Bottle
Body temperature is regulated through sweating, so it’s important to replenish lost moisture when the heat is oppressive. Made with professional-grade stainless steel, the walls of this PBA-free bottle are double insulated, keeping beverages ice-cold for up to 24 hours and preventing condensation. Covered in a proprietary powder for a non-slip grip, the bottle comes in 11 bright colors (or design your own) —from sunflower to pacific to watermelon—and with a lifetime warranty.
Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to keep beverages cold, whether you’re headed to a BYOB restaurant, tailgate, or sporting or concert event. The PVC carrier, with its easy-to-grip handles, is lined with gel-filled capsules—simply throw the 12” x 7” unit in the freezer two hours before leaving the house, pop in up to six bottles, and watch how your beverages stay cold while you’re on-the-go.
Extended Use Cooler
It makes sense to invest in a premium cooler if you spend a lot of time at the beach, tailgating, or if you’re on the road traveling to kids’ sporting events every weekend. Like all Yetis, this has impressive days-long ice retention: the walls of this colorful 13x14x19 cooler are insulated with 2-inch thick commercial-grade polyurethane foam), plus it has an interlocking lid system to create a form-fitting barrier against heat. And its super durable rubber hinges won’t snap off after extended use.
Instant Beverage Chiller
This beverage chiller takes your wine bottle, aluminum can, or single-serve bottle from room temperature to ready-to-pour in less than five minutes, chilling liquids 90 times faster than a refrigerator. Just add ice, water, and plug it in.
You don’t need a beach house to enjoy an outdoor shower after a long, hot day in the sun. This portable unit, with its polished rainfall showerhead, stainless steel, and zinc pipes, and wood platform and stand made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus wood, can be set up in any backyard with a water spigot.
If you’re going to take refuge from the sun, why not choose one that’s super chic? Oh-so-coastal chic, this umbrella has playful scalloped edges with an attachable weighted base to keeps the umbrella steady, even in breezy weather.
The knit polyethylene outer fabric is what keeps this pillow cool to the touch, while two removable inserts allow you to adjust the height of the pillow based on your preferred sleeping position.
Nothing feels better on a hot night than a cold set of sheets. Made from an athletic grade, breathable microfiber fabric that wicks away moisture, these sheets are incredibly soft thanks to a mind-blowing 1500 thread count. With a 30-day money-back guarantee and 19 colors to choose from, there’s no reason to not give them a try.
Cooling Mattress Pad
Studies show sleeping in cooler temperatures can result in a better night’s sleep. This pad, cooled by water running through a network of micro tubes, gets placed on top of the mattress; the temperature is controlled using a remote. Available in single and dual-zone options, with the latter allowing for different sleep temperatures on each side of the bed.
Portable Air Conditioner
You can still get relief from the heat even if you don’t have central air or the ability to place an air conditioning unit in a window. This portable freestanding 80-pound air conditioner, which also acts as a heater, fan, and dehumidifier, can cool a 500 square foot room to 61°F. Simply vent the unit through a window or wall using the exhaust hose, then pack it away in the enclosed storage bag when not in use.
Studies show pink noise—like lapping waves or rustling leaves—can increase deep sleep and improve memory. This portable fan emits a soothing water tone and has an adjustable airflow shutter that can be closed on chilly evenings; it also oscillates and pivots so you can alter the direction of airflow. A shut-off timer can be set to one, two, or eight hours, plus there’s a USB charging port built right into the unit.
Quick Ice Pop Maker
Sometimes the best and only way to cool down on a sizzling summer day is with a heat-quenching ice pop. This nonstick cast-aluminum mold is lined in a proprietary solution to facilitate fast, even freezing, making up to three 2-oz. pops in as little as seven minutes. Included is a special tool to help release the ice from the mold, and plastic guards on the handle to catch any drips.
Beverage Chilling Stone
Summer drinks are meant to be served ice cold, but it's impossible to keep your ice from melting on the hottest days, thus watering down your favorite beverage. Instead, avoid ice altogether with one of these chilling stainless steel orbs. After four hours in the freezer, suction one onto the bottom of your glass, and watch how it keeps your drink cold and flavorful until the last drop.
Sandalwood has been used to cure ailments for centuries and shown to lower body temperature. This woody floral musk fragrance features vetiver, tobacco, violet, cypress, juniper, pink pepper, and, of course, a noteworthy dose of sandalwood.
Nourishing, Minty Lip Balm
Swipe on this lip balm, then press your lips together and experience a cooling burst of mint. Add sugar, a natural exfoliant and humectant, and a slew of moisturizing oils, including black currant and grape and jojoba, and you’ve got a cooling lip treat that also nourishes.
That super-high SPF number won’t stop a special wicking technology that allows perspiration to pass through the sunscreen. It literally draws sweat away from your skin to keep it cool.
Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray
Developed in partnership with Skindinavia, the company often credited with bringing the first makeup setting spray to market, this formula features a technology that literally chills your skin and lowers the temperature of your makeup, resulting in a dewy complexion. To use, simply shake the bottle, hold it 8-10” away from your face, close your eyes, and mist in an “X” and “T” formation.
This go-to summer sweat fighter contains natural cooling ingredients like peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary, moisture-absorbers such as kaolin clay, skin soothers including aloe, and odor neutralizers like hops.
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