Products Under $25 That’ll Solve All Your Annoying Summer Problems

Published on: Jul 12, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
problem-solving summer productsDesign: theSkimm | Photo: S'well, Blume, Amazon

Everyone loves to love summer — the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and there are more excuses to spend time outside. What everyone tends to forget about are the tiny annoyances that make the season of beach trips a bit less fun. We’re talking sweat, sunburns, frizzy hair, bug bites, etc.

To help soothe (and prevent) your summer problems this year, we rounded up the best products that’ll hack life for you. (Deodorants that work, oil-blotting sheets for that midday shine, and so much more.) Grab your sunscreen, because you’re not spending a minute more inside.

anti-frizz hair cream
A leave-in cream that’ll calm and smooth frizzy hair…

If humidity causes your mane to grow exponentially, listen up. This cream works to keep your locks looking and feeling sleek. The secret is in the patented Alpha Keratin 60ku. The protein binds to hair, filling cracks and crevices. So you can walk outside with confidence. Goodbye, poof. ($20, Virtue)

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aluminum-free deodorant
A natural deodorant that’s unscented and mighty powerful…

It’s got ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and probiotics. It’s also aluminum-free and won’t call for reapplications. It’s safe for all skin types and is a great choice for those with sensitive skin. No more slyly checking your underarms on a sweltering day. ($14, Blume)

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drink chiller
A drink chiller so your beverage will always be at the right temperature…

Seriously. It’s got triple-layered, vacuum-insulated technology to keep drinks cold for up to six hours. So just slide yours in and start sipping. The chiller also doubles as a coaster, so when you set your can down, it won’t cause any water rings on furniture. Problem = solved. ($20, S’well)

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collapsible silicone coffee cup
A collapsible silicone coffee cup that’ll make your morning commute much easier…

Hiii subway, it’s been a while. With this on-the-go mug, you’ll be able to drink your cup of java while heading to the office. Once you’re done, you can collapse it down and toss it in your bag. It’s incredibly compact and leakproof too. You won’t have to hog space in your bag or create waste (and that’s pretty cool). ($20, Amazon)

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liquid ant baits
Ant baits for pesky summer creepy crawlers…

With warmer weather brings unfortunate hordes of ants. Especially when you’re hosting a gathering and have food sitting out for a while. Eventually you start to see those infamous little bugs creeping around. These baits to the rescue. But be prepared: they attract ants fast. Once the trap is full, just toss it in the trash. ($9.36/12 pack, Amazon)

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anti-chafe balm
An anti-chafe balm to apply on thighs and feet…

Or really anywhere you feel some uncomfortable friction. (We suggest using it for shoes that can cause blisters.) It’s fragrance-free and non-greasy. It’ll come in handy when you’re out and about and get a bit too sweaty. See ya, painful chafing; hello, sweet relief. ($7.99+, Amazon)

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bug bite suction tool to lessen itchiness
A bug bite suction tool if you happen to get bitten while lounging outside...

It works to remove the irritant left underneath your skin that causes itchiness and redness. You’ll be able to stop a reaction in its tracks, leaving the bite visibly smaller. You can even try it on bee and wasp stings. The true MVP of the summer. ($9.95, Amazon)

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razor bump solution
A solution that’ll help reduce razor bumps…

Bathing suit season is all fun and games until you decide to shave. Razor burn can be really irritating, especially when the weather is hot and you’re sweating. This solution works to calm the skin and reduce redness after waxing and shaving. Psst...we’ve used this solution and find it very effective at reducing visible bumps and ingrown hairs. ($19.51, Amazon)

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oil-blotting face sheets
Oil-blotting sheets to decrease face shine…

You’ve just applied a full face of makeup and start sweating. That’s where these charcoal sheets come in. They help to absorb excess oil that’s sitting on the skin. They may also help with reducing breakouts, which can be caused by too much oil. Keep ‘em in your purse and watch how often you reach for them (we use them all the time). ($6.95+, Amazon)

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mattifying makeup primer
And a mattifying makeup primer to help with makeup application…

The antioxidant-rich formula will minimize visible pores for a smooth look all day long. So no matter the weather, your makeup will stay put. You can apply it before putting on foundation, or wear it alone as a skin mattifier. It’s fragrance-free, clear, and can be used on all skin tones and types. ($22.99, Amazon)

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SPF 30 face sunscreen
A SPF 30 sunscreen to keep you protected all summer long…

We can’t stress this enough: wearing sunscreen every day is a must. Even while indoors (and not just during the summer, btw). This moisturizing one is vegan and cruelty-free. It also dries completely clear so it can be used under makeup. ($18.99, Black Girl Sunscreen)

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compostable cold cups
Compostable cold cups you can use for your daily iced coffee…

We all know summer is iced coffee season. Instead of using plastic cups that inevitably create waste, turn to these. They’re great for backyard barbecues, park picnics, and more. They’ll also break down in a commercial composting facility within 90 to 180 days. Planet Earth thanks you. ($6.49/20 pack, Repurpose)

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under-the-arm shirt straps
An under-the-arm strap solution that’ll keep sleeves in place…

Wearing an off-the-shoulder shirt: cute. Raising your arms only to have the sleeves move: not so cute. To solve this very annoying problem, attach these straps to your shirt. They come in tan, black, and white. If you’re confused on how to attach them, you can watch the short instructional video. They’re adjustable, no-show, and can be washed. Small solutions, we see you. ($16.99, D’s Straps)

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plastic clear vaccination card holder
A vaccination card holder to keep your most precious item safe…

It’s vax-girl summer. To keep your little piece of paper dirt-free, slip it into a handy holder that’s waterproof and smudge-proof. No dirty fingerprints, no panicking if you happen to spill water while your vaccination card is sitting on the table. Hey, accidents happen. Psst...if you're looking for even more options, check out our guide here. ($6.99/5 pack, Amazon)

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ventilated drink covers
A ventilated drink cover to keep your glass free from bugs...

No more tiny flies floating in your cocktail. These covers will keep your drink clean from pollen and dust too. Plus, they can double as coasters. Sip at your leisure. ($19.95/4 pack, The Grommet)

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watermelon slicer
A slicer that’ll cut watermelon into tiny cubes…

Using a knife to cut a whole watermelon? Kinda scary. That’s where this gadget will come into play. The cyclone blade cuts through the fruit smoothly, creating tiny poppable pieces that will be perfect come snack time. Our mouths are watering already. ($13.37, Amazon)

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