We may be used to living in the tropics, but when it only gets hotter by the year, we need to find new ways to keep cool. Aside from cold showers and staying indoors as often as possible, there are plenty of face, hair and body products out there that help keep you feeling refreshed throughout the day. We’ve rounded up a number of wholly refreshing beauty products to keep your body cool and your mind relaxed.
You might be more familiar with warm essential oils for deep relaxation, but cooling oils can also help relieve tension in your body and keep you feeling refreshed and alert. This balancing oil concentrate from Aveda cools your skin upon contact and comes in a handy rollerball tube.
It contains a mix of organic peppermint, blue chamomile and naturally-derived menthol that’s perfect for a midday pick-me-up or some much needed relief at the end of the day.
Aveda Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate, $32 from Tangs
If you have oily skin and large pores, this one’s for you. It’s a purifying mask from K-beauty brand (want in on all the popular k-beauty brands launched this year?) Caolion which happens to specialise in pore-fecting products. This cooling pore pack in particular cleanses impurities and tightens pores with the help of a rather minty cooling effect.
The mask contains glacial clay which draws our impurities and tightens pores, as well as glacial water to keep your skin hydrated. It does contain menthol which gives your skin an extra icy soothing effect, leaving it calm, smooth and soft.
Caolion Premium Pore Original Pack, $30 from Sephora
This mist is the perfect antidote to a day spent soaking in harsh sun rays (whether intentional or unintentional). While it won’t cure any burns immediately, it brings hot, dry and sunburnt skin some much needed natural relief with its blend of soothing aloe vera, cooling mint and anti-inflammatory lavender.
You don’t even have to wait for a sunburn to use this. Keep a bottle at work for when you get back from a scorching walk out to lunch and need an instant cooldown.
Herbivore Botanicals After Sun – Skin Soothing Aloe Mist, $32 from Sephora
And of course, making sure your makeup doesn’t melt right off your face is a crucial part of keeping cool in SIngapore. Urban Decay’s Chill setting spray was practically made for those of us living in heat and humidity. It cools and hydrates your skin while also keeping your makeup locked in place.
No sliding, smudging or settling into fine lines. It contains a temperature control technology that chills the surface of your makeup, promising to keep it in place for up to 12 hours.
Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray, $48
Our hair and scalp spends the most amount of time cooking under the heat of the sun, and unless you take an umbrella with you wherever you go or are a fan of hats, there’s a chance all that heat on your head has left you feeling irritable and headache-y by the end of the day.
A cooling shampoo might sound gimmicky, but it does a great job at calming an overheated head. A cool scalp is also less likely to produce excess oils (or try purifying shampoos), and since this haircare duo will leave your scalp feeling icy-cool hours after your shower, it’ll keep that scalp feeling comfortable for a while.
Tsubaki Cool Shampoo & Conditioner Set, $29.90
Whether you’re on your feet all day or just spend enough time walking in the sun, a cooling foot spray like this will do wonders. It isn’t a necessity by any means, but it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to relax and cool down your feet after a long day.
And if you work in an office, you can even keep this for a post-lunch foot refresh. The Body Shop has a few other products in its peppermint foot range as well that are more suited to an at-home pedicure, like a lotion, scrub, and cream.
The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray, $18.90
Spend all day on your feet or dealing with the stress that extra pregnancy weight puts on your legs? This is a spray that not only keeps your feet cool but also contains menthol and active plant extracts like yarrow, marigold and dandelion to refresh tired legs.
The formula is meant to not only nourish and invigorate your skin but also contains horse chestnut extract that stimulates blood circulation which strengthens the venous flow of the legs. Leaving you with sexy legs.
Susanne Kaufmann Leg and Vein Cooling Spray, US$25, from net-a-porter
If deodorant isn’t enough for you at the start of the day or you simply prefer not to wear any, these wipes are a more ideal method of keeping yourself feeling and smelling fresh even at the end of the day. Or, removing your makeup.
The wipes even contain a nourishing formula that supposedly slows hair growth while keeping your underarms clean. It’s great for those extra long days, throwing in your gym bag for when you don’t have time to shower after, or even taking on long-haul flights.
Sephora Collection Always Fresh Deodorant Wipes, $9
We daresay wearing sunscreen everyday is one of the cardinal beauty rules everyone should follow. Not only does sunscreen keep your skin from burning as easily, it also helps prevent dark spots and pigmentation, premature ageing, and the worst consequence of sun damage: skin cancer.
This aerosol sunscreen from Nivea also has a bonus cooling effect on the skin, making it a great way to refresh not only your skin but your sun protection as well.
Nivea Protect & Refresh Refreshing Sun Spray SPF 50, $25.90 from Guardian
While some of us might think wearing deodorant is and should be a standard affair (especially for anyone living in a hot and humid climate), morning and evening peak hour train and bus rides would reveal otherwise.
If you don’t like scented deodorants and white sprays that get all over your clothes, this unscented anti-perspirant deodorant from Kiehl’s is a great option. It even softens and soothes your skin and hair, making those under arm shaves more comfortable and helping keep ingrown hairs at bay.
Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant, $29