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Eight summer essentials to stock your bathroom with as the heat index rises.


Written ByFIORELLA VALDESOLO

Photography ByANNA PALMA

The big screen has been the backdrop for some of the most iconic displays of summertime heat, and, naturally, the sweat that accompanies it. There’s Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee’s joint set on the hottest day of summer in Brooklyn, which, it can be conjectured, presents one of the most memorable scenes involving ice cubes (plus Rosie Perez). There’s Body Heat, the story of a love affair turned deadly between William Hurt and a smoldering Kathleen Turner, where the heat comes as much from the Southern Florida setting as from their chemistry. And then there is, of course, The Seven Year Itch, which sees Marilyn Monroe (donning one of the most iconic dresses of all time) as a scatterbrained model credited only as “the girl” who is spending her first summer in New York. The heat, she quips, is “something she’s just not made for.” Monroe’s humidity MO: keep her undies in the icebox. An idea we can certainly get behind as we hit the height of summer. We’ve found these eight products to be just as effective for counteracting the season’s wilting effect.

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Think of this skin-soothing body wash as your song of summer, which is to say, the item that will get repeat play. Infused with three nourishing oils and a crisp green scent, it’s refreshing to both body and mind.

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One too many afternoons of continual sunblock application can leave skin feeling a bit clogged. The antidote for skin that needs a reboot? This gentle, sugar-based polish with a blend of reparative grape, argan, and sesame oils.

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Acolytes of Dr. Dennis Gross’s exfoliating Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads will be delighted to know that this version combines all the exfoliating acid benefits with encapsulated DHA for a fresh-from-the-island glow. Willow bark extract to curb breakouts and capislow to minimize hair growth are the supporting actors.

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The name says serum, but really this is a silky, lightweight oil blend (rosehip and grapeseed figure prominently) that sinks easily into the skin while smoothing, tightening, and firming all the way.

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The brand behind the cultish Active Serum for the face brings the same level of clinical efficacy and gentle retexturizing to the body. This gel cream hybrid exfoliates (mildly enough that it’s safe for those with eczema), while also calming inflammation, hydrating, and stoking collagen production. That it’s formulated with some salicylic acid means it’s also ideal to curb sweat-induced breakouts and a few days post-wax to prevent ingrowns.

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While a refreshing hydrating spray is a travel essential no matter what season it is, in the summer months that mist will get plenty of extra mileage when you’re on solid ground. Ideal for calming redness on the face and body, this French pharmacy find also, admittedly, just feels good to douse yourself in every minute of the day.

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Sunscreen innovators par excellence, Supergoop has formulated a protective wonder that will actually make it the object of your summertime affection: it’s non-aerosol so no potentially irritating chemicals and far less alcohol than most sprays; it’s water resistant and can be reapplied on wet skin; and, last but not least, it’s packed with vitamin C to shield against any free radical damage. Consider it your summer skin MVP.

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When it’s hot outside, it’s an understood fragrance rule that scents one would classify as heavy or cloying are verboten. While this lavender-leading composition (atop a foundation of woodsy and musky notes) has staying power like the rest of the Serge Lutens’ fragrances, it’s rendered with a hazier, wispier touch that’s perfect for the warmer months.