Wilting like a rose beneath the rays? Beauty writer Olivia Hambrett has your ultimate chill out list.
It’s hot. Damn hot. They call this a heat wave and there’s nothing to do but sweat your way through it with an assortment of iced beverages, evening swims and long daydreams involving palm trees and mojitos, right?
Well, there is something else you could do (that’s rather simple and ingenious) that doesn’t involve drinking or spontaneous ticket purchases to rum-scented islands. Stick your lotions and potions in the fridge. A cold body butter or facial mist is a terrific pick-me-up when you feel yourself wilting like a rose beneath the rays.
Currently stocked in my fridge …
Aveda Outer Peace Cooling Masque, $69.95
This is a great masque for hot and bothered skin and even better when served chilled. Tamanu oil (from Vanuatu) lemon, tea tree oil and geranium soothe and cool simultaneously. Lie down with your feet up and enjoy a few minutes of heat wave reprieve.
Pink Hibiscus Eyelights Eye Balm, $18
Despite lying on the doona, with all the windows opening, sleep can elude one during long, hot nights. Chamomile and cucumber, both known for their soothing and cooling effects combine with Vitamins E & A for added nourishment. Apply chilled and doze immediately.
Sodashi Calming Rose Face Mist, $63.80
Loved in the essential oil world for its balancing properties, rose is one soothing flower. This face mist is delicate and fresh and ideal for storing in the fridge and spritzing liberally when temperatures peak. Vitamin C gives skin a little added boost.
Gammazon SubLime Velvet Butter, $22.50
The latest from the GammaZon stable, this incredibly soft and rich body butter is a tropical blend of coconut and lime. Keep it cool in the fridge and apply liberally to dry, thirsty skin. Close your eyes and pretend you’re in the Bahamas and a pina colada is just a blink away.
Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea eau de Toilette
Storing fragrance in the fridge not only prolongs their lifespan (if you have enough fridge room to fit them all) but it makes applying them a treat in hot weather. Keep Elizabeth Arden’s contemporary classic Green Tea (with notes of rose and peppermint) on ice and spritz on pulse points when you feel yourself fading.
Image courtesy of Aveda