These beauty products are ideal for when the heat index is just ridiculous.
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Flip-flops. G&Ts. Floating in the backyard pool. This is why we call them the carefree days of summer—and we need them now more than ever. But steamy, sunshine-y weather does have its challenges, at least in the beauty department. You’re sweaty, burn-prone and who even knows what is going on with your hair. We think it looks fine, by the way—but we’ve got you. This collection of products will keep you cool, collected and, yes, carefree.

Winky Lux Matcha Blotting Sheets

These green tea-enriched shine busters can hang out in your purse or beach bag, waiting to come to the rescue. Just dab onto skin to ditch excess oil. We also like that they have just two, natural ingredients. ($8, Target)

Sun Bum Scalp & Hair Mist

Protect your scalp from getting singed with this vegan SPF-30 spray. Infused with sunflower oil (but somehow utterly ungreasy), it’s water-resistant for 80 minutes. And it guards colored hair from the fading effects of the sun, while strengthening strands with sea kelp. ($15,

Glossier Invisible Shield

It’s tough to find a facial sunscreen that feels and looks like ... nothing. And yet, here it is. This SPF-35 water-gel formula absorbs in a flash and leaves no white cast. ($25,

Clarins Tonic Sugar Polisher

After a long day of fun in the sun, this rosemary-and-mint-scented body scrub is just what we want for buffing off all that saltwater/shvitz/sunscreen. Sugar and salt crystals exfoliate, while shea butter and hazelnut oil leave skin smooth and hydrated. ($41,

FaceTory Sun Bae Mask

Be prepared for that inevitable day when you get too much of a good thing. Stash one of these soothing sheet masks in the fridge for an extra-cooling treat when you need it. ($7.50 for five masks, Amazon)

Tweezerman Step-Two-It Foot File

Walking around barefoot or in flip flops is part of summer, but it can leave you with rough feet. Enter this callus conqueror. We love the ergonomic shape and that it has two sides (one lighter, the other more heavy-duty), like a nail file. ($15, Amazon

This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine July/August 2020.