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- Summer can be brutal when you live in a city, and sweaty subway platforms with no air conditioning don’t help.
- I asked my coworkers to share their tips and tricks for how to cool down when it’s burning hot outside, and they had a lot of great ideas to share.
- From misting sprays to roll-on peppermint oil, here are some clever ideas for how to beat the heat this summer.
New York City can be extremely brutal in the summer. It’s hot, muggy, full of tourists, and pretty smelly, too. Factor in that most of us who live and work here have to wear full-coverage clothing when it’s burning hot outside (not to mention that underground subway platforms aren’t air conditioned), and you’ve got a recipe for about four months of complete and utter overwhelm.
As the weather heats up, we find ourselves desperately reaching for things that keep us cool — not just ice cream and air conditioning, but also portable fans, facial mists, cooling clothes, and refrigerated eye-masks.
I asked my coworkers to share the products they swear by for surviving sweltering weather, and pretty much everyone had some sort of clever trick up their sleeve that I felt was worth sharing.
Here are the products we carry around or use every day to beat the heat and humidity:
Caudalie Grape Water Facial Misting Spray
I do not mess around when it comes to staying cool in the summer. The second it starts to get hot in NYC, I start to carry this spray with me everywhere I go. It comes in both a full size and a travel size version, is super hydrating for the skin (both the face and body), and because the mist is so fine and gentle, it won’t wash away the sunscreen or makeup you have on. Honestly, there’s nothing better than having a cool mist wash over your face in the breeze when you otherwise feel completely decimated by the sun. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
Kimkoo Gel Eye Mask
Though you likely won’t want to carry this around with you for fear of scaring everyone, a gel eye mask is a godsend to have at home in the summer. After a long day in the sweltering heat, I love coming home to excavate my cold gel mask from the refrigerator. I pop it on while I watch TV, but it’s also comfortable to sleep in on hot nights. Pro tip: You can also get the same effect by refrigerating regular sheet masks for a chilly skin-care treatment. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
Haptime Battery-Powered Mini Fan
I just ordered this little fan because the one I’ve been using recently died. I don’t even care how touristy or silly it makes me look — when it’s 105 degrees in Manhattan and I’m stuck on a subway platform, you better believe I’m pulling this pen-sized baby out of my purse. I opted for a new one that’s battery-powered so it lasts longer than my previous one.
One year update: Still works! — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
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