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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
You’ve just applied a full face of makeup and then...you 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Emmy Favilla
A world without blisters, aching arches, and sweaty feet? We can feel it now (and it’s toe-tally awesome).
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Aka things that you'll use for the rest of your life. Because you're an adult now. Except when you have to call to make a doctor's appointment.