Let me tell you: humidity and I aren’t friends. We aren’t cool at all. If I could break-up with humidity, I would. But I love New York too much right now.
I found some super affordable tips to stay hydrated and maintain a semi-put together appearance when your face is melting off.
Tips to kick humidity’s ass
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray: This stuff is my go-to year round but it’s been my saving grace during the last month. I’ll roll out of bed, take a shower, spritz some of this in my hair and done. This little baby is the best for giving me volume when humidity tries to take me down. I rarely blow-dry my hair anyway but ESPECIALLY not when it’s hot out. Towel dry, B&B Surf Spray, go.
Dry Shampoo: My favorite dry shampoo right now is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing and does the job. Greasy/sweaty hair is inevitable so carrying a bottle of this in my bag is pretty necessary for a midday pick-me-up.
Rose water spray: I’m OBSESSED with rosewater spray. I use it in the morning, throughout the day, & before bed. It maintains the skin’s PH levels, controls excess oil and has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness, acne, eczema, and dermatitis. When you’re dying of heat midday, spray this on your face and neck to refresh and cool down. You can also use it as a make-up setting spray so your make-up doesn’t melt off.
Potassium vitamins: Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes that your body needs to function. It helps send signal to nerves, contracting muscles, and making sure water gets where it needs to go. When you sweat, the potassium in your body slowly flushes out. This is why it’s important to take potassium vitamins or at least eat a crap ton of bananas.
HYDRATE: Obviously. But my all-time favorite way to hydrate? A smoothie. Here’s the recipe I can’t help but make each morning: Watermelon, frozen raspberries, frozen blueberries, pineapple, coconut water, spinach.
Sunblock GEL instead lotion: Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF 50+/PA++++ is THE best. It’s good to use a gel or serum versus lotion in the summer because gel formulas have a higher water count and less oil. Meaning it’ll hydrate your skin without leaving it feeling EVEN MORE greasy on hot days.
Wear heat-appropriate fabrics: Go for loose, airy clothing when the weather is sticky. Cotton, rayan, and linen are all good fabrics (except linen wrinkles pretty goddamn easily).
When all else fails, ride the freezing-ass subway trains to escape the heat.