Bug bites, sunburn, greasy hair, acne, dreaded razor burn from so much shaving — these problems aren’t pretty, but they sure as hell happen, and none of us are immune. These 5 remedies for common summertime beauty ailments may not be the most glamorous of products, nor will they look all that attractive on top of your dresser, but hey, they get the job done!
AfterBite Original Itch Eraser: Fairly self-explanatory, AfterBite is the O.G. “trusted formula for the whole family!” Okay, so it’s not exactly a beauty product, but it is skincare, right? Dab the solution directly on your mosquito bite or bee sting ASAP, rub gently, and reapply as necessary. Buy ten and keep one on you at all times; you’re going to need it. [$4.99, Walgreens]
Murad Overnight Soothing Gel: This multipurpose product works double duty in the summer to address red, aggravated skin from sunburn, acne, and any combination thereof. The cooling formula is best worn at night as the name implies — it’s slightly sticky, so be sure to wait a few minutes before you hit the sheets — but it works, calming irritation and significantly reducing surface redness. [$30, Murad]
LUSH No Drought: Greasy hair is definitely not a summer-exclusive concern, but when the temperatures soar and the humidity gets soul-crushing, hair seems to lose its clean feel faster than ever. I could recommend any old dry shampoo, because lord knows there are plenty, but the fresh, citrus-y (not sweet!) fragrance of LUSH’s take on the product puts it at the top of its class. No sickly chemical scent here. [$13.95, LUSH]
Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control Tinted Skin Enhancer: Even the most balanced skin can fall victim to blemish-causing clogged pores from summertime sweat and grime. This sheer tinted “enhancer” (it’s not quite a moisturizer, not quite a primer) not only provides natural coverage that mattifies and conceals imperfections, but it also contains acne-fighting salicylic acid and anti-microbial peptide-10 to combat acne before it even begins. [$48, Sephora]
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Razor Bump Relief: Psh, gendered skincare products! If it’s good enough for his face, it’s a million times better for our legs, underarms, bikini lines, what have you. If you’re sensitive to razor bumps and burn and ingrown hairs (and aren’t we all?), this effective yet soothing preparation provides mild exfoliation to both improve the appearance of these issues and reduce irritation. [$27.50, Kiehl’s]