27 Things To Help Your Sweaty Summer Beauty Problems
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Complaining helps, but a nice facial ice roller helps even more.
Promising review: "I can’t believe how well this works! I poked my eye when applying mascara and then you know what happens…you blink hard and now mascara all over your under-eye. I used this and the mascara quickly disappeared! However, I had to reapply my concealer, but no biggie. This is a lifesaver!" —Alexsy Anderson
Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
BuzzFeeder Ciera Velarde loves them! In her own words: "I've owned this set for about a year and I am reaching for them constantly! I used to be someone who would tie my hair up in a messy bun whenever I'm doing things around the house, but I noticed how that would really start damaging my hair after a while. Instead, I just clip my hair back with one of these, and my long, thick hair stays in place without the claw jamming into my head. I have some other clips lying around that I should probably get rid of because I only ever exclusively use these!"
Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 15 colors and styles).
Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product. I wasn't sure how it was much different than rolling any other frozen thing on your body. I'm beyond pleasantly surprised. I've used it for sinus pain, migraines, swollen neck glands, under-eye circles/bags, inflamed acne, TMJ pain, etc. Not to mention, when I used it on my face, it leaves my skin feeling tight and wakes me up in the mornings. It also stays cold for forever but never sweats or leaves water behind. It's like magic. I also bought one for my mom who suffers from nerve damage in her arms and legs. I think it'll really help when she has bad pain days." —Jessica McRee
Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 12 colors).
Beauty Bakerie is a Black woman-owned small business based in San Diego making cruelty-free makeup and skincare products inspired by baked goods. Fun!
Promising review: "I have finally found my 'It' powder. It checks off the following: loose powder formula ✔️, great color ✔️, blurs pores ✔️, luminous texture ✔️, soft matte✔️, no flashback ✔️, works with my setting spray to create a flawless finish ✔️, melanin-friendly ✔️ and budget friendly with a high end quality ✔️. What more can I ask for. This is a great product." —Angela P
Get it from Ulta for $24 (available in five shades).
I looooove the way this sunscreen feels. So light and...not sunscreen-y. I don't feel like it makes me shiny, or clogs my pores, or cause any of my usual sunscreen annoyance. That, and the price is right, especially compared to other trendy SPF brands.
Promising review: "I put this sunscreen over my moisturizer and it leaves no white cast or heavy feeling on my face! There’s no smell and it works great for the girls and boys with melanin!" —May Lewis
Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $16.
Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned brand. The sunscreen is SPF 30 and is paraben-free, fragrance-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
BuzzFeeder Marquaysa Battle loves this sunscreen. She says: "Babyyy! This was the best beauty find of 2020 for me. The first body sunscreen I've found that does NOT leave me looking ashy. Wearing sunscreen regularly (yup, even in the fall) is one of my new self-care methods and I feel good putting this on knowing it a) doesn't look ghostly on me and b) was made by Black women just like me."
Get it from Target for $15.99.
This is the newest addition to my SPF collection, and boy howdy I'm smitten. I've long preferred sunscreen sticks specifically for applying on my tattoos since it makes it easier to trace their outline and avoid weird tan lines, but this is the nicest one I've tried by FAR. It somehow applies matte? Even as I type that I can't believe it. Who's ever heard of a sunscreen applying totally matte. But it's true! Now my tattoos are protected from the sun (even when I'm sweating or swimming thanks to killer water-resistance), and they don't look weirdly shiny as a tradeoff.
Get it from Amazon for $33.25.
Rooted Earth is a Maine-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in small batch skincare and herbal apothecary goods.
Promising review: "This spray is so lovely and refreshing! It smells fantastic, seems to be genuinely very high quality, and helps so much with cooling off (I run hot and find heat stressful). The packaging was also adorable and handmade, which made me feel like a valued customer. :)" —April Wilson
Get it from Rooted Earth on Etsy for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).
Promising review: "I recently developed a serious reaction to antiperspirants. My underarms would break out in a horrible, painful red rash. So I tried different 'natural deodorants.' They did not break out my underarms, but they didn't really work! So I tried Vanicream after reading several reviews. IT WORKS!! My underarms don't break out, and it works as well as any antiperspirant/deodorant on the market. After my first order, I ordered two more. Couldn't be more relieved and happy to find this product!!" —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $13.11.
Promising review: "This is the only 'foundation' I’ll use now. It’s thin and lightweight but has great coverage. Perfect for oily skin and flexible enough to wear even after getting a tan. I love that it’s a true neutral undertone." —aiyanasimone
Get it from Sephora for $35 (available in 25 shades).
Promising review: "Omg, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilà! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I'm in my thirties now with hormonal acne, btw.) These are magic!" —Julie W
Get a four-pack of 24 patches each from Amazon for $13.49.
CurlCap is a Black-owned apparel company founded by Britney Sadé that specializes in caps designed for natural hair with an open back and flexible scrunchie design.
Promising review: "This hat is comfortable, well-made, and cute! It is now my go-to hat for casual days when I put my hair in a ponytail. I have also worn it playing tennis and found that it's more comfortable than wearing a visor. The back elastic really keeps the hat secure without feeling too tight. I have the black twill, and would love to see it in other colors in this fabric for walking, running, and tennis. Love." —Me
Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 26 styles).
Promising review: "This stuff really is awesome. It really works and I don't know where it has been all my life. I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun). It is super easy to use, just slide it on like you'd use deodorant." —SweetPea
Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and two-packs).
I've yet to find a season or situation where this product doesn't feel amazing, look killer, and stay put. It's a stain, so it really stays put but doesn't feel drying at all, especially over a thin layer of balm. It's also gorg (and equally staying) on the cheeks, so if you're down to clown with a bold cheek look, this product is absolutely for you! I like to build it up with two layers on the lips and sheer it out on the face.
Get it from Sephora for $21 (available in four shades).
Promising review: "Great eyeliner. I forgot how great Stila eyeliners are. I will be ordering more. They do not transfer color into the fine lines. Bravo. My NARS has been so 'leaky' to my lower eye lid especially with a mask. This eyeliner has stayed put. Love the dark blue shade. No transfer to lower lid with mask. Yay!" —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in eight colors).
I have the previous gen of a Supergoop SPF lip product and really love it for daily use during the months when I'm outside allll the time. Excited to try this new swipe-on formula!^
Promising review: "This is the best sunscreen for your lips. It glides on and is very hydrating. I use this every day. I use this under my glosses or lipsticks. It prevents my lips from get sunburned or pigmented. I have lip fillers, and this is a blessing!" —LuvlyJ
Get it from Sephora for $22.
Proof is a small business whose well-designed moisture-wicking products help people manage sweat, periods, postpartum leaking, and incontinence.
BuzzFeeder Danielle Healy owns and loves this bra: "This has become my go-to bra this summer. COVID has made me INCREDIBLY intolerant of underwires, so I'm basically cutting them out of my life where possible. This bra still feels really supportive, with the added benefit of managing inevitable heatwave boob sweat when necessary. It was a real trooper during a hot weekend walking around Washington, DC. Even though every inch of me was sweating, there was no lingering wetness and my boobs were left feeling dry and comfortable all day, even when my sunburnt shoulders couldn't say the same."
Get it from Proof for $49 (available in women's sizes S–XL and four colors).
Promising review: "These are so, so soft. I tuck them under my breasts and then ease my bra on top and they stay in place all day. At the end of the day they might be very damp, but my skin is comfy. Also, I'm able to rotate through them, letting them dry in between, and get a good three uses out of each before I wash them. Even then, they don't smell. Hand washing is best, but I've washed them with a mesh bag, and they were mostly OK. Easy to smooth out. I've also worn these without a bra. I needed to adjust them a bit, but I have never lost it. (My bra size is about 38 DDD)." —Leigh B
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes M–XXL and three colors).
Read one former BuzzFeeder's review on the Mario Badescu spray to learn more about why she loves it so much! (#1).
Promising review: "I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to knowing what skincare products to buy (and that the only reason I chose this one was because I heard that the Kardashians use it), but I swear by this stuff. I even find my boyfriend stealing it from me. It gives your face the perfect day look while setting your makeup. I always feel so much more refreshed with just a spray or two of this. I keep a travel-size version in my purse for mid-day work spritz ups." —Jennifer
Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in a variety of size packs).
The product is cruelty-free and vegan.
Promising review: "So I'm fair-skinned and red-headed. Sunscreen is my signature scent! This is a great spray, and I use it only on my ears. Just small enough to carry around in my purse, and a fine spray that's perfect for such a small portion of my body. I won't ever go without it again." —Kim V.
Get it from Amazon or Ulta for $22.40 (originally $28).
Promising review: "I have been searching for something as effective as this for a long time now. I have extremely oily skin. I live in the Caribbean and whether I wear foundation or not, very early in the day my face is covered in oil, mostly over my T-zone. I tried this and it is excellent. It picks up the oil quickly, leaving my face naturally matte for hours. I am well-pleased with the light weight of the sheets. The pack fits perfectly in my purse or jeans pockets. I have no dislikes. I will stock up on it. Anyone with oily skin will find this as a must-have." —Melisa
Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $6.95 (available in three styles).
Learn more about who SO many people swear by these in "Over 1,000 People Love These $7 Blotting Papers For Keeping Their Skin Oil-Free".
Promising review: "First off, if you have extremely oily skin, this. is. it. I was so tired of getting blotting powder/wipes. It felt wasteful and always left residue on my face. I saw this on TikTok and NEEDED it. Not only is it affordable, but it's also washable, which helps you save money and be less wasteful. It felt like the holy grail had been delivered to my front doorstep. After my first use, I was in love. Now, it doesn't pick up everything but it does make it more matte and gives you a natural look. I am so excited this product exists and I already feel more confident." —Kelsey B.
Get it from Amazon for $12.70.
Promising review: "I'm really liking this pillow. I woke up today with nice wavy hair, not dry tangled hair. I've been trying to grow out the layer of hair on the top back of my head and it's been so stubborn! Keeps getting tangled and breaks here and there from bleaching and dye damage, but with this new pillow I notice it doesn't tangle, which means it can grow right without rubbing and tangling/pulling! So I'm excited to see what happens by the end of summer! Also the pillow is soft and is so much prettier in person! 😍😍😍💖💖💖" —Amazon Customer 🌷
Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two sizes and 14 styles).
BuzzFeeder Marquaysa Battle owns and loves this. In her words: "I use this spray and will swear by it for the rest of my days. I definitely have oilier skin in the summer months and over the years, I've tried a number of drugstore setting sprays that did absolutely nothing. This spray is worth the extra coins. I even wore it to Puerto Rico. Through the blazing sun and lots of ocean splashes, my makeup did NOT budge."
Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in two sizes).
The moisturizer works for all skin types and is oil-, phthalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free.
Aqua Bomb moisturizer is easily my desert island skincare product. Although I have combination skin, I hate most moisturizers because creamy formulas feel heavy and just yucky to me, especially under makeup. Aqua Bomb's gel-like consistency absorbs like a dream. It's soothing to stressed out skin in the winter and cooling through the heat of summer. I recommend it to friends of all skin types because it gives your skin that bouncy hydration it craves without feeling oily in the slightest. I've put it on every night and most mornings for years and have no plans of stopping anytime soon!
Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).
Promising review: "I was looking for a dry shampoo that would be easy to use on the go for a trip I was taking. I had no issues taking this through TSA and it was so easy to use on the go. You literally just pat the poof on your scalp and then rub the powder in. I do have black hair so dry shampoo is usually very visible in my hair, but I didn't have any harder time than usual rubbing this powder in. It did a really good job of soaking up all the oil and giving my hair volume. I'm not a fan of the price for the amount that you get, but it is lasting longer than I thought it would. I would definitely recommend and will purchase again." —Teresa
Get it from Amazon for $14.40.
The cleanser is formulated without parabens, silicones, or sulfates.
I really can't get enough of this cleanser. It makes my skin feel squeaky clean but not too dry. After using it, I feel like my face is the perfect canvas for serums, treatments, and moisturizers to be maximally effective. While it's more drying than an oil cleanser, I don't find it to be an issue as long as you follow up with a good moisturizer. I've been using it for three years (time flies when you're having fun) and can really tell the difference when I skip it for a few days or travel without it. Hormonal breakouts and breakouts that crop up after wearing my mask for a long time really do go down when I use this cleanser regularly.
Promising review: "I am so happy to add this cleanser into my routine. Since wearing a mask at work for hours straight, my face has not been able to breath, but adding this to my nighttime routine along with just breath clarifying serum, my small breakouts have become managed. I love how light and fresh it is too." —AprilMayJune
Get it from Versed for $17.99.
The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.Promising review: I used this and the mascara quickly disappeared!BuzzFeeder Ciera Velarde loves them! In her own words: Promising review:I've used it for sinus pain, migraines, swollen neck glands, under-eye circles/bags, inflamed acne, TMJ pain, etc.It also stays cold for forever but never sweats or leaves water behind. It's like magicPromising review:It smells fantastic, seems to be genuinely very high quality, and helps so much with cooling off (I run hot and find heat stressful)Promising review:IT WORKS!! My underarms don't break out, and it works as well as any antiperspirant/deodorant on the market.Promising review:These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilà! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes.Promising review:I have also worn it playing tennis and found that it's more comfortable than wearing a visor.BuzzFeeder Danielle Healy owns and loves this bra: This bra still feels really supportive, with the added benefit of managing inevitable heatwave boob sweat when necessaryRead one former BuzzFeeder's review on the Mario Badescu spray to learn more about why she loves it so much! (#1).Promising review:I even find my boyfriend stealing it from me. It gives your face the perfect day look while setting your makeup. I always feel so much more refreshed with just a spray or two of this.Promising review: Promising review:this. is. itNot only is it affordable, but it's also washable, which helps you save money and be less wasteful.Promising review:I woke up today with nice wavy hair, not dry tangled hair.with this new pillow I notice it doesn't tangle, which means it can grow right without rubbing and tangling/pulling!Promising review: You literally just pat the poof on your scalp and then rub the powder in.