It's so hot, I'm sweating in my dreams. Literally. I can't escape this heat wave even in my sleep. I want to stick my body into a refrigerator and not come out until the sun goes down. But, alas, if it were snowing I'd be complaining too so, I guess when it comes to the weather, the weather really can never win.
Every year I post a very informative (if I may say so myself) piece on how you can cool off despite the rising temps. I think it's about that time - and temperature - to revisit such a post (click here for last year's).
So, here it is. My tips on how to stay cool and look cool too:
1 - Use peppermint everything - shampoo & conditioner + body wash & lotion! Peppermint offers and instant "cooling" effect. Try Avalon Organics Peppermint Hand & Body Lotion just before bed. It'll cool you off long enough to get you into that REM state.
2 - Refrigerate your creams! - Eye and face creams can be refrigerated for an added shock of cool. It'll also stimulate the blood cells (especially great to wake up tired eyes).
3 - Hydrate - this goes without saying, but drink gallons of water! While water may bore your palette, try coconut water, the trendsetters water of the moment. Zico just launched a Chocolate Coconut water, for those who yearn for a richer kick.
4 - Stop oil! Use a face mask at least once a week in summer months to alleviate sebum production. Try a mask that contains clay or sulfur, like Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Cooling Mask, a wonderful combination of eucalyptus, sulfur and clay that exfoliates and unclogs pores.
5 - One of my favorite tips from last year, soak hands and feet in a bath of ice water -- literally, add ice (and your favorite summer fragrant oil). If you cool down hands and feet, the rest of the body will follow suit.
BONUS - Wet a washcloth with super cold water (and some ice cubes) and apply a few dots of, again, your favorite summer fragrant oil. Wring out the washcloth and apply to back of neck and face. Try soothing lavender oil or tea tree to clean out pores.