Summer is officially here, and although I do enjoy some things about this season—long daylight hours, farmers markets, iced coffee—I’m really uncomfortable in high temperatures and strong sunlight. Here is a list of five essentials that I always carry in my bag. (The notable exception is sunblock, which I apply to all exposed skin before I leave the house.)
I can’t even estimate how many times these peppermint-infused towelettes from Herban Essentials have rescued me from heat-induced misery. I swipe one along the insides of my arms, down the nape of my neck, on the backs of my knees, wherever I can reach, and I feel calmer and cooler within minutes. (I also like to keep one on hand for motion sickness when traveling.)
Sometimes it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. I’ve transferred a small amount of Lush‘s R & B into a little plastic jar for my purse. When my curly hair puffs out in steamy or rainy weather, I apply the tiniest bit of R & B to the ends. It gets things under control for the rest of the day.
All the makeup experts say the same thing: don’t add more powder, just remove the excess oiliness from your skin with blotting papers. I really like Mineral Fusion‘s Shine-Free Blotting Tissues. They’re paper (not some weird plastic film that actually contains oils—yes, Clean & Clear, I’m looking at you) and they’re priced well. Boscia makes some good blotting papers, too.
As I mentioned above, I coat all uncovered parts of my body with sunblock before I go outside, but I still need to protect my lips. When I first came across these lip balms from Twist & Pout, I thought they were a bit tacky, but then I warmed to the idea. The lip balm “sphere” clips to my keychain, so I can always find it, and the balm itself contains SPF and a lemon-honey fragrance. I own this peacock-feather container, one of many fun designs.
For the past few years I’ve been carrying a paper or silk fan in my purse and whipping it out when I find myself getting sweaty on a subway platform or at a bus stop. A typical bystander reaction occurs in two phases: first, amusement or disbelief that some lady (me) is actually using an old-fashioned hand fan, followed by envy and the realization that it’s actually a pretty good idea. I like to buy fans (among other things) at Pearl River Mart.
What are your summer essentials?
Disclaimer: all items have been purchased by the author.