7 Beauty Products That Beat the Heat


To sweat or not to sweat. Is it nobler to suffer the ill beauty effects of perspiring in the sun and gym during the high heat of summer, or to avoid one or the other? Shakespeare never had to ponder such a quandary, but today’s modern woman who has it all (and does it all) certainly does. Good news: we’ve pondered it for you.

Turns out you can have both. A few key products in your gym bag or your hiking pack can keep you looking fresh and gorgeous before, during and post physical exertion. Keep reading to find out what your summer workout routine has been missing.

Sweat Proof Mascara When it comes to makeup, less can be more in the summer, as we all well know. Not only do you prevent high-noon makeup slide-off when you apply fewer products, summer itself calls for a more au naturale look in your day-to-day life.

One of the key products, to keep? Mascara. Lash definition makes your eyes pop and keeps you looking refreshed and awake. Try Dior’s Blackout Waterproof Mascara ($28.50). Sources say ultra-long, separated lashes are truly game changing.

Tinted Lip Balm Stick Liner, filling in, meticulously applying with a brush, highlighting and swiping with a gloss or gel finish, are not the steps you want to take for summer days and exercise. Can we say waste of time for how quickly (and unattractively) your work will be undone by heat and humidity? Instead, invest in a tinted balm stick. Colors and formulas abound. We love Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen Stick ($24). Moisture, SPF and the right color will easily transfer to your cheeks as well, what’s not to love?

Soothing Muscle Gel How you look isn’t only about aesthetic products; It’s also about how you feel. Tata Harper’s Recovery Gel ($42) gives your entire body an instantly refreshed feeling after a workout with a cooling sensation; the perfect way to step from the yoga studio onto the scorching sidewalk and beyond.

SPF Spray Forget lotion. The sometimes-greasy formula can clog pores, and isn’t easy to reapply to glistening skin. Try instead La Roche-Posay’s Spray Sunscreen ($36). An ultra-light, spray formula that feels weightless, silky and absorbs almost instantly.

Dry Shampoo Needless to say dry shampoo is a life saver when your scalp starts to perspire, whether it’s from heat or exercise, or both. Keep your roots and hair looking clean and dry with NuMe’s This Dry Shampoo is Everything ($22).

A Special Skin Prep Mehron offers a Skin Prep ($13) moisture barrier spray made specifically for keeping your makeup on during performance conditions. Because we know less is more, but you want to keep on what you’ve applied and summertime can occasionally require a full face.

Cucumber Toner Another feel-good product that, ultimately, makes you look good, too, Ilia makes a Cucumber Water Stick ($42) that allows you to feel like you’re giving your face a drink before you apply moisturizer and/or makeup. Keep it in your bag even on bare-faced days for a quick skin pick-me-up, no matter the time or place.

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for papierdoll.com, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site marisaswanson.com and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.