It’s officially summer, and that means a lot of sweaty and sticky days ahead. While the heat is awesome for beach and highland trips, it’s not at all fun when you’re stuck in the city and breathing in the exhaust of the jeep you just disembarked from. To help you fight humidity, hot-headedness, and hulas, here are a few things you can do:

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Use a cooling shampoo.

Mint- and fruit-scented products can trigger that chill vibe, not to mention make your scalp tingle with literal coolness.


TRY: Limited-edition Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh, Lemon Fresh, and Cool Menthol, P125/170ml

Protect your skin from the sun.

Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach. You’d be surprised at how much city heat (both from the sun and concrete roads) can dry and even burn your skin. Don’t leave your house without protection!


TRY: Céleteque Sun Defense Spray SPF 50 (P499/100ml), Matte Moisturizer SPF 30 (P230/540ml), Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 (150/50ml), available at department stores

Wear something light and airy.

Keep your tight-fit, long-sleeved blouse for the time being and enjoy something a bit more relaxed. Try one-piece pantsuits and dresses for a chill but office-worthy look.



TRY: Rosario S/L Pantsuit with Belt from the recently-launched Plains & Prints collaboration with Aranaz, P2,098 at Plains & Prints stores

Try a light makeup base.

When foundation just doesn’t cut it, a light base that doesn’t sacrifice coverage is the way to go. BB creams are a good option, especially if its poreless finish also gives you SPF protection.



TRY: Maybelline Super BB Cushion, P749 at beauty counters

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Invest in a fresh scent.

Fight amoy-usok with a fragrance that has light, summer-y tones. You’ll feel better knowing that sweat hasn’t gotten the best of you—or at least the way you smell.

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FN TIP: A spritz to your collarbone and décolletage can help your cologne last longer.



TRY: Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne from the English Fields collection, P3,950 at Jo Malone stores

Stay hydrated.

Keep your cool with lots of water (or a bottle of fruit juice from time to time for a bit of energy).



TRY: Locally Blended Juice Drink in Pink Guava, available in supermarkets

Listen to some cool tunes.

Stuck in traffic while being bombarded by the really loud honking of buses? Zone out with tunes that can clear your head and keep you calm.



TRY: Sennheiser HD 4.40 Around-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, P10,804.25 at the official Sennheiser store in Lazada

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