To describe the current Philippine weather as hellish would be an understatement. The heat index (actual temperature felt by the body based on air temperature and humidity) reached a dangerous 51°C in Nueva Ecija last month. In Manila, the daytime temp is feverish and it looks like this extreme heat won’t be leaving soon.
Whether you’re temporarily holding off those mountain hikes like I am or are pursuing your summer itineraries despite the soaring temperatures, here are products to help you cope with the heat.
1. Primer and Makeup Setting Spray
If you really must wear makeup in the 7th circle of hell, know that even makeup products marked as waterproof may drip down your face midday. To prevent this, use a primer before makeup and a makeup setting spray after all the contouring and concealing.
2. Facial Mist
Here’s something to hold you down until you get home and jump into a cold shower—moisturizing facial mists. Gently spray your face and neck as often as you want throughout the day.
3. Cooling Mist
Not to be confused with a regular facial mist, this type of mist has ingredients that cool upon contact with your skin or even your just your shirt. Use sparingly on your arms, legs, and torso. Avoid getting it on your face! I’ve read reviews of users whose eyes and noses were irritated after using this spray.
4. Cooling Body Products
Look for lotions and cleansers that have cooling ingredients like mint, eucalyptus, menthol, and aloe vera.
5. Hair Refresher
It’s tempting to step into the shower several times a day to combat the heat. But please beware: Over-washing your hair can do more harm than good. It can lead to dryness and brittle strands. For those times your hair feels icky midday, try a spritz of dry shampoo on your scalp or hair refreshing mist on your mane.
6. Internal Hydration
On top of everything else, internal hydration is key to battling the heat. Drink up! Do you have an eco-friendly water bottle yet? Instead of buying several disposable plastic water bottles a day, bring your own reusable bottle.