What’s not to love about summer? Well, maybe that less-than-fresh feeling you’re left with at the end of a sticky day. But there’s no reason to go through the season feeling like a damp dishcloth. Check out these products designed to help you stay refreshed from head to toe:
1. COOL HEAD Want to energize your morning or revive after a long day? Instead of just washing your hair, give yourself a scalp treatment by using fingertips to massage shampoo into your head for at least a minute. This also thoroughly cleans hair, which can get oilier in summer. Amplify the rejuvenating effect with new OGX Scentuals Intensely Invigorating Eucalyptus Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, which use paraben- and cruelty-free blends of eucalyptus extract, mint extract and tea tree oil to soothe the scalp.
($9.99 each, launching this summer at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Jean Coutu stores)
2. OUT WITH THE ODOUR Sure, you want to leave a strong impression, but not when it comes to smell. Staying fresh can be a challenge when things turn hazy, hot and humid. It calls for a deodorant to do its job from the a.m. commute to getting your groove on in the wee hours. Jack Black Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant includes antifungal and antibacterial ingredients, such as zinc salt and grapefruit seed extract, plus time-released technology to help block odour for up to 24 hours, while eucalyptus adds a cooling sensation. But the deodorant’s coolest feature may be that it offers heavy-duty protection without the use of aluminum, parabens or colorants.
($20, at getjackblack.ca)
3. SHOWER POWER Make your shower even more refreshing with a cooling shower gel. Nivea for men Cool Kick Shower Gel features icy menthol and a fresh scent that will give both body and hair that squeaky-clean feeling.
($5.99, at major drugstores, pharmacies and mass-merchandise stores)
4. MAGIC MIST Whether the office air conditioner is on the fritz, things are getting steamy at the beach or you just need an afternoon pick-me-up, Saje Cool Spray Refreshing Mist can provide relief. With essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus and basil, this spray can be used on the face and body to help you cool off even when it’s hotter than Ryan Gosling.
($14.95, at Saje Natural Wellness stores and saje.ca)
Tracy Howard is a writer and editor specializing in lifestyle topics. She’s the creator of beautyinthemiddle.com, a blog that takes an inside-out approach to looking good and feeling good at any age.