Despite the picturesque scenes in movies and on TV, where the protagonist casually sips a popsicle-spiked cocktail on the rooftop of a swanky downtown hotel, summers in the city are not all that glam. That's because, despite what you see on the screen, in real life, there's sweat, heat, and humidity. Oh, and did I mention sweat? Yeah, it's gross. Unfortunately, through my own trial and error, the only real way to combat unwanted, excessive body moisture is to stay inside, crouched in front of an A/C window unit...from now until fall.
But because I am a Professional Person with a full-time job, staying inside for four months out of the year just isn't realistic. That's why, when I do have to head outdoors on a daily basis, I do so equipped with what I'd like to call my Summer Survival Pack. This includes, but is not limited to: a stick of natural deodorant, a package of disposable facial cleansing cloths, and, most importantly, a travel-friendly face mist.
My current favorite? The Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water, a hydrating face mist that soothes hot, irritated skin (aka, my face all summer long). The mist is made with the brand's own Thermal Spring Water, which is naturally rich in minerals and antioxidants, to nourish sensitive skin. It's been said a few spritzes can even act as a temporary alleviant for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. But again, for me, it's a goddamn lifesaver come summer.
I keep the pocket-sized, TSA-friendly bottle in my bag for those moments, like when I'm burning up on the subway platform, to instantly douse my seriously sweaty face in sweet, cold, wet water. I find it usually only takes two to three generous spritzes to completely soak my face (again, that's exactly what I'm looking for when it's hotter than hot out) and instantly refresh my makeup and, let's be honest, mood. Immediately afterward, I feel like a person again and ready to take on anything — including commuting on a hot, sticky summer day.
You'll find this face mist in our June 2019 Allure Beauty Box.