There are a lot of different skin issues that can pop up during the summer months, from acne to rosacea to a whole lot of grease. But one thing we all have in common when it’s humid, no matter what type of skin you’ve got? Hot, sweaty faces. These days, it’s nearly impossible to walk outside without feeling like your face is on fire. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix by way of a $6 skin-care stick that will instantly cool you down. Physicians Formula Refreshment Cucumber & Bamboo Eye De-Puffer ($6) is the only thing I want to put on my face from now until Labor Day.
The Physician’s Formula cooling stick is made with cucumber, aloe vera, and peppermint, a veritable triple-threat of cooling ingredients. In addition to helping to chill out your complexion, cucumber helps stimulate collagen, aloe’s got soothing properties (hence its reputation as a sunburn-squashing superstar), and peppermint oil acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. In combination with hydrating glacial water and bamboo extract, this makes the stick an amped-up ice cube facial in much chicer packaging that’s much easier to carry around in your purse.
“There’s a cooling sensation upon applying, it smells great, and can help hydrate and reduce puffiness around the eyes temporarily,” says board-certified dermatologist and Sperling Skincare co-founder Shari Sperling, DO, noting that while its effects are instant, they won’t really do much to help long term. Though it’s technically meant as an under-eye stick, it can safely be used all over your face (as long as you aren’t allergic to any of its active ingredients). The Physician’s Formula cooling stick perfect for cooling refresh during the day, and is a personal favorite for applying to my own sweaty face at the beach or after the gym. And—bonus? It’s also great for putting on under your mask as a way to keep your skin from completely overheating.
Keep it in your bag, by your bed, or on your desk, and get ready for the most chilled-out summer skin you’ve ever experienced.
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