Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Do you want to know how to stay cool when it’s over 100 degrees outside?
As you may have noticed, record-setting temps are singeing our cities and states, and not all AC-units are created equal. The lucky ones on the outskirts have access to beaches, but the ongoing pandemic makes that an unpopular and risky choice.
Wherever water flows, humans will flock. Lakes, rivers, and garden hoses, anyone? No matter the source, we’re all doing our best to find the means to stay cool, from sunrise the sunset.
Since there’s no one way, and there’s no right or wrong way to beat the heat, we’ve compiled a list of alternative methods to temper the temperature. Prepare your taste buds and your pretty face for four frigid recommendations ahead!
FIRST: POUR YOURSELF A COLD ONE
If it’s at least 5 in the afternoon, then it’s time to prepare a celebratory cocktail! What are we celebrating, you ask? Um, do we need a reason? Yeah, didn’t think so. All you need is a few key (21+ adult) ingredients and the classy yet functional Mixologist Recipe Cocktail Shaker from West Elm. Bam - you’re a natural-born mixologist!
The coolest feature of this stainless steel shaker is its built-in drink recipe design. Simply spin the dial, and you’ll discover the essential ingredients and quantities of delicious cocktails are etched directly on the shaker. The recipes included are margarita, gimlet, daiquiri, martini, sidecar, whiskey sour, Tom Collins, and bee’s knees.
It’s the perfect addition to your home bar setup, and with enough ice, the supremely chilly end to an impossibly hot day. Blend the ice for frozen versions of the appropriate cocktails. For $29.50, a deliciously cool drink to lower your body temperature is one add-to-cart and shake, shake, shake away.
Shake off the day with the Mixologist Recipe Cocktail Shaker from West Elm.
NEXT: STEP UP YOUR ICE CUBE GAME
The United States may be heating up, up, up, but the temperature of America that we prefer is ice-cube-cold! The item is pretty self-explanatory, but we’re so into this novel ice tray mold that it deserves to be spelled out and described in detail.
38 of them
38 ice cubes shaped like states
38 ice cubes shaped like states of the United States of America persuasion
Dang, now that’s cool
The silicone mold measures 8” long and is meticulously crafted to resemble (almost) all of the states, except Alaska and Hawaii, and not U.S. territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also, some states have been combined to produce adequate sized ice cubes. Yes, ice trays should have higher standards but come on, they’re doing the best they can. For $12.99 from Amazon, it’s dishwasher and oven safe, and the silicone rubber is food-grade as well.
If you’re in the mood for tasty, frozen treats, fill the tray with different fillings such as Jello, ice cream, coffee, whiskey, etc. Wait a few hours, pop, and enjoy the sweet treat.
THEN: STOP, DROP, AND ROSE QUARTZ ROLL
Now that you’ve cooled your tastebuds to a manageable temperature, give your dermis its moment in the spotlight. Many skincare lines sell rollers, and the 100% Brazilian rose quartz dual-ended roller from Sephora ($60) is a top-shelf choice.
With its healing properties, the rose quartz stone purifies and opens the heart and promotes love, self-love, friendship, and peaceful feelings. Its skincare application follows suit by addressing several skin-related concerns:
Supports lymphatic drainage.
Reduces the appearance of puffiness.
Reduces the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
Improves the appearance of large pores.
Enhances the skin’s natural glow.
So what makes the rose quartz roller a perfectly chill tool for taming hot temps? Store it in the refrigerator!! (Yes, two exclamation points). Your sexy cheekbones, the tender space under your gorgeous eyes, those soulful temples, and your overheating forehead will thank you later. The roller is an esthetician fave and should be a staple in your at-home skincare routine (or your “my face feels hot, need to cool down” routine).
Pro-tip #1: always roll toward your body’s lymphatic drainage points i.e. the ears, down the sides of your neck, and toward the clavicle. Pro-tip #2: Use the narrow end of the roller on smaller, more delicate areas like under the eye, the space between your eyebrows (called the “root”), and on your upper-lip. Use the wide end of the roller on larger areas like your cheeks, forehead, and neck. There are plenty of YouTube videos that highlight how to use the tool properly.
AND FINALLY: CALM A HOT FLASH, REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE OR GENDER Is your air conditioning bill is already too high this month? You can settle for an ice pack or, better yet, grab the $39 Hot Flash Cooling Mist from Pause Well-Aging. Even if you are not a menopausal woman, you (a younger woman or a man) can benefit from this incredible product. Hear us out.
Hot flashes may be a common symptom of the natural aging process of women of a certain age, but with the record temperatures these days, who can honestly say that haven’t experienced a hot flash or three? We thought so!
The Cooling Mist instantly cools and calms hot skin, providing much-needed relief from the discomfort of intense and sudden heat changes in the body. The three main ingredients include:
Eclipta prostrata extract, a Korean plant known for it’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin-calming properties
Ocimum sanctum leaf extract from a holy basil leaf plant known to soothe skin and reduce redness
Menthone glycerin acetol, a menthol derivative known for its significant cooling capabilities
Simply shake the bottle and from 8-10 inches away, spray the solution to the back of your next, wrists, face, neck, and chest. You can expect a tingly sensation to occur immediately after application, which means it’s working its magic! Last but not least, this mist lifts, firms, and tones the skin. Score!
Technically, summer isn’t over until autumn begins. That date is approaching on September 22. You have plenty of time to get your paws on these fabulous heat-beaters. Stay not-hot, all you cool cats and kittens.
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