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    27 Products Anyone Who Hates Humidity Will Probably Wish They'd Known About Sooner

    Besides that classic humidity-beater: an effective (and cranked-up) AC.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An anti-friction stick to stop that irritating heat- and humidity-induced thigh (and swimsuit, and bra) chafe right in its tracks.

    deodorant-like stick of Gold Bond Friction Defense
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this in April and now in June, I've come home from a fast-paced 15-minute walk in 84-degree heat and 50% humidity and NOW I can finally write this review. This stuff is amazing. I carry it with me so I can reapply as needed (maybe once or twice over the course of a day) and I can finally wear shorts, dresses, and skirts without layering dang bike shorts underneath. I am beyond pleased. Curvy as hell and these thighs are gliding past each other silky smooth. Blessed." —Cecilia

    Get it from Amazon for $5.23.

    2. Or some breathable and moisture-wicking Thigh Society slip shorts that will guarantee your thighs stay comfortable even if you spend the entire day walking around outside.

    Thigh Society

    When Daysha from BuzzFeed Motion Pictures tested these shorts, she said the the material was super soft, they're breathable, and they mold to your thighs — and she picked them as the best thigh-chafe solution! They also make an extra cooling version, which are made with a high-tech yarn that can keep you up to one degree cooler! And this stuff is not shape wear, don't worry.

    Promising review: "No super-elastic control to cut me in half, just superb everyday comfort with a leg length that stops chafing. I can't understand why more companies aren't doing this! I haven't worn dresses in summer for years and now, thanks to these I-hardly-notice-I'm-wearing-them slip shorts, my summer wardrobe now includes dresses again." —Sally

    Get them from Thigh Society for $34+ (available in sizes S–3XL/4XL, up to six colors, three waist rises, and their original, cotton-blend, or cooling fabrics).

    3. A powerful 11-inch fan perfect for circulating the air in any room — helping the AC out — and just blowing directly on yourself so all that humidity-induced sweat can actually serve its purpose and cool you down.

    the white Honeywell plastic fan on a base that allows it to be adjusted to face up, forward, down, and in-beween
    Amazon

    It has three different speeds, and enough power for small- to medium-sized rooms.

    Promising reviews: "I got one for work a few years ago. I love it so much that I got this one for the heat and humidity at home (that our window units just can't defeat). I use all three settings, starting on the highest and moving down to the lowest, as I cool down. It works quickly!" —Joe Mama

    "Wow! Talk about turbo. This little fan can move the air at least 20 feet away on the high speed! And even on high it's very quiet. Obviously there is some noise, but not enough to have to turn the TV up. I turn the fan on low to sleep and can't hear it, but it still moves a good amount of air around." —Cabragg

    Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

    4. A tabletop dehumidifier to extract at least some of the excess water from your air, especially if you don't have AC or just want a little extra help in a nook, attic, or basement.

    small white dehumidifier next to pics of a closet, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom
    Amazon

    If it smells a little musty in there, this can help! It sits on top of its tank and uses its magic to fill up a little basin over time.

    Promising review: "Love this! For some reason or another my bedroom has always had moisture in the air...even so to the point where my bed sheets felt damp and there was musty smell. I bought this on Saturday and immediately used it. There is no assembly other than plugging in the cord. Five days later, my little tank was full of water and my room hasn’t felt damp since. 10/10 recommend." —Brittany Brown

    Get it on Amazon for $42.99.

    5. Or some DampRid, which you simply place under your sink, in a basement, on the top shelf of a closet, or anywhere else humidity might collect but you prefer *not* to run an AC or electric dehumidifier, maybe because it would be unattended. It literally sucks the moisture right out of the air!

    The bucket of high capacity moisture absorber
    Amazon

    You simply take the plastic lid off the bucket and plop it wherever you need it to work. Couldn't be simpler. You can buy bulk refills for 'em too, and they come in several sizes and designs depending on the space you decide to use them for. 

    Promising review (for the pictured high-capacity version): "I use these in my basement in every room and it’s amazing how much moisture they draw in, even when my dehumidifier is running! The High-capacity ones are great for larger areas and usually last about six months before they’re full. I use the smaller sizes for closets. You definitely want the large size for your camper or boat for storage in the winter. They will help immensely with musty odors!" —SisuGal

    Get a high-capacity bucket for $26.98 (and see the rest of the Damp Rid product selection on Amazon). 

    6. Some foot antiperspirant lotion specifically formulated to prevent excess sweating, whatever it is that triggers yours.

    box and tube of carpe antiperspirant foot lotion on blue floral background
    instagram.com

    Promising reviews: "This is the only thing that has ever worked for my foot perspiration. It is wonderful, my feet are DRY when I take my boots off when I come in from work. If you think you've tried everything and don't think this will help...it will!" —USMC/MCSO

    "This product is as advertised: it stops your feet from sweating. It doesn't take much product, a very small amount, rub into clean, dry feet vigorously, wait 10 minutes, then put on socks and shoes. I used it at night as well as in the morning, and it worked great. I can even skip a day. Love this stuff." —Alison Widmer

    Get it on Amazon for $24.95 each: two tubes of the foot lotion or a tube of foot lotion and a tube of hand lotion (also an antiperspirant).

    7. A pair of flats or sneakers that will *never* get too smelly because anytime they do, you can just toss them in the washing machine.

    instagram.com, Rothy's

    I've had a pair from this brand (all their shoes are made out of the same woven material, which is made from recycled plastic water bottles) for almost four years now and they really do still look brand new. I wear them all over New York through the spring, summer, and fall with no issues, and as someone who grew up on the Gulf coast, know they'd hold up well during summer's peak humidity there, too. (You can read my full Rothy's flats review for more).

    Get them from Rothy's: the pictured flats for $145 and the sneakers for $125 (eight shoe styles and many colors and patterns available; sizes 5–13).

    8. Some DEET- and fragrance-free bug repellent formulated with Picaridin so you can swear off annoying biting bugs once and for all, no matter how attractive you were to them before.

    Sawyer Picaridin insect repellent in lotion and spray forms
    Amazon

    Picaridin doesn't have an unpleasant scent or feel oily as you rub it in, won't damage plastic the way DEET can, and repels ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers as well as mosquitos.

    Promising review: "I live in Central New Jersey, home of sweltering heat, dangerous humidity, and many species of mosquitoes, some just annoying, others as aggressive as yellow jackets. I experimented by using the Picaridin on one arm and leg only. The results were impressive. The treated limbs repelled insects. The untreated limbs were attacked by dozens of mosquitoes. I ran into the house. There were itchy red blotches all over my arm and leg. I applied the Picaridin and finished gardening in peace." —Alice W.

    Get a 4-ounce bottle of the lotion on Amazon for $8.95 (also available in bulk bottles and in two different types of spray bottles).

    9. A personal blender set — it combines everything right in the to-go bottle, so you can make your own low-effort but ice-cold smoothies and (boozy, or not!) slushies, which is the perfect way to cool down inside and out.

    Amazon

    It's designed to crush ice with no problem, and the travel tumbler's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Sturdy build and design. I use it daily for a morning protein smoothie with frozen fruit and crushed ice. It handles the load with no problem. I like the automatic design that turns the unit on when the bottle is inserted, no switches. The base blade attachment and the travel cap both work well without leaks. I bought a second bottle for convenience. My flip lids do not leak when closed and have a definite 'click' when fully sealed. The whole system is simple, no extra bells and whistles, does what is designed to do, takes little counter space and is inexpensive. Perfect." —BrianJ

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99, and a second bottle for $9.29+ (available in three colors).

    10. An easy-to-use iced coffee maker that transforms regular old ground coffee into delicious cold brew concentrate overnight, letting you avoid hot beverages on hot days.

    the lidded, handled, clear plastic pitcher full of cold brew; there's a narrow infusion basket in the middle of the pitcher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wish I had found this iced coffee maker years ago. I live in FL and the summers are extremely hot, so I like to drink iced coffee in the morning during the summer. It makes my mornings quick because all I have to do is pour it into a cup. I can usually get about five fills out of one pitcher. I absolutely love this device, you do not need anything more expensive or complicated than this." —Ashley Bouchard

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    And find out why one of our editors loves it so much in her Takeya cold brew maker review!

    11. A water bottle designed to help you remember to actually stay hydrated all day, because nothing's better on a hot, humid afternoon than a long drink of ice water.

    Fuzzy Loon Designs / Etsy

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    Fuzzy Loon Designs is a Minnesota-based small business that makes all sorts of cute drink ware, t-shirts, and accessories.

    Promising review: "Cute bottle, and awesome seller! I bought several of these for my bridesmaids before, and when I needed one I knew I had to get this one! The otter is so cute and it's fun to say "You outta drink your wata". The additional time measure on the side is awesome. Also, love how wide the top is so I can easily stick ice cubes in and clean it out. The seller had shipped within 24 hrs of placing the order and received it right away. Thanks again so much!" —Chi

    Get either the Harry Potter bottle or the otter bottle from Fuzzy Loon Designs on Etsy for $18 each (originally $30).

    12. Or if you prefer, a stainless-steel bottle that's 1) insulated, so your water stays cool even in a hot car and 2) actually sized to fit in a regular cup holder.

    hands holding thin, long stainess steel bottle with a light pink to light blue gradient; it tapers at the top to a narrower opening with lid
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in AZ and I bought these in several colors. They seemed to work great but I wanted to put them to the test. So on the day the temperature was going to be 119 degrees, I took cold water and filled the bottle. I did not add any ice when I filled it. I put it in the car at about 9 a.m. and left it there all day, parked in a non-air conditioned garage with all the windows closed. At 5 p.m., we left to run an errand in the car. I took a sip from the bottle, and even though the bottle was extremely hot to the touch, the water inside of the bottle was as cold as it went into the bottle. I highly recommend it, and in AZ it’s a godsend to be able to use this in the car." —Pat Martin

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99+ (four sizes available in up to 24 colors / patterns).

    13. A lightweight, frizz-preventing, silicone-free humidity-shield hairspray so all that effort you put into your blow-dry or wash day doesn't disappear the moment you step outside.

    humidity shield bottle
    Living Proof

    Promising reviews: "I sprayed throughout the process of flat ironing my hair (run the iron, spray every couple of sections). This made my smooth hair last through the pouring rain this past week in Georgia. AMAZING. I have very curly thick Latina hair." —Monica

    "My hair is fine and curly and a living example of frizz in our humid Texas weather. This does the trick each and every time! I typically cannot stand hair sprays but this is not at all sticky and does not wear my fine hair down. I LOVE IT!!!" —MRK

    Get it from Amazon for $25

    14. Or a hairspray with an extra-strong hold because you know your hair needs all the help it can get when your local meteorologist says, "I'm sorry to say it but this moisture's here to stay..."

    L'oreal Elnett Satin bottle
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best hairspray I have ever used. Though it is supposed to be 'unscented,' it does have a scent to it. But it is not that overbearing standard hairspray smell. It is a very light clean-smelling scent. What I love about this hairspray is that it is 'brushable.' After you style your hair and spray it, you can essentially brush it out to where your hair feels so soft and doesn't feel like you've got hairspray in it. AND it still holds your style. I live in the Panhandle of Florida where it is almost 100% humidity everyday, and this hairspray works wonders in even the most damp of climates. No crunchy feeling even if you choose not to brush your hair out. This product is a must." —kel07

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A coil custard that'll give your type 3B-4C hair every last bit of the moisture it needs all in one go, so it doesn't need to absorb any of that pesky humidity that makes the air so sticky.

    Briogeo

    Promising reviews: "BELIEVE THE HYPE! This is the solution for long lasting, humidity resistant braid/twist outs. I have tried many curl creams with disappointing results. Curl Charisma has never let me down or let me shrink, Lol. It is pricey, but I am HAPPY to spend the money because I KNOW my hair will DEFINED, looking as good in the evening as it did in the morning when I unraveled my braids or twists. THANK YOU, BRIOGEO!" —Tara B.

    "I love this product. I am a black Caribbean woman with 3C/4A curly hair texture. Not only is it organic, but it's a one product job that works. It gives shine, definition, control, and anti-frizz all in just one jar. It makes my wet-and-go morning routine an easy-breezy one. Without a nightly prep of twist out...which I hated." —Pan89

    Get it on Amazon for $26.

    16. A light- or ultra-defining gel if you have curly hair so you can let your natural texture shine no matter what the dewpoint has in store.

    bottles of devacurl ultra- and light-defining gel
    instagram.com

    To use, apply it to your hair wet, then once it's completely dry, scrunch out the crunchy curl "cast." I've been using the Ultra Defining Gel for just over two years now and it helps my wavy hair keep it shape and resist frizz SO much, even on humid NYC summer days. (I also once accidentally bought a bottle of the light defining gel and it worked really well too — I just felt like my second-day curls weren't quite as well-defined as with the Ultra!)

    Promising review (for the light defining): "I highly recommend watching the DevaCurl instructional videos before using this product. It helped me so much. The first time I used this product I was amazed that my wavy/fine curls could even look as good as they did. They were soft, frizz-free, BOUNCY (this NEVER happens with other products), and SHINY (again, never has happened with other products). I can't wait to try the shampoo and conditioner to see if this dream can get any better. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —sarita17

    Get a bottle of the Light Defining Gel from Sephora for $24.

    Promising review (for the ultra defining): "Despite my frizz-prone middle-aged hair and the fact that I live in a humid summer area, this product gives me soft, well-defined curls that last up to two days — which is nothing short of miraculous!" —SuperSandy

    Get a bottle of the Ultra Defining Gel from Sephora for $24 (also available in a travel size for $10, if you wanted to just try it out).

    For more tips, products, and help making your curly hair the best it can be, check out our guide to curly hair; I also like the Curly Hair subreddit.

    17. A water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen to shield you from those UV rays without feeling greasy or stinging your eyes.

    Amazon, Supergoop

    If you're spending the entire day out in the sun sweating (or swimming!), remember to reapply it every 80 minutes!

    Promising reviews: "We live in Florida and wear sunscreen every day — no matter what we are doing. This is by far the best sunscreen we have tried! Not greasy at all. I put this on in the morning and have it on all day; it just feels like a regular, nice lotion but with amazing sun protection. My husband and kids love it, too." —Heda

    "I love this product. I bought it for sun protection because I am using a product that has alpha hydroxy acid on my body. This moisturizer is lightweight yet it is very rich. It gives a beautiful sheen to the skin and without a white cast. I am a black woman and that is one of the main problems with sunscreen for us. This brand knows how to do it." —Cmhoddy

    Get it on Amazon for $22+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A waterproof, long-lasting eyeliner that will stay put no matter how many gallons you sweat.

    pile of stila stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliners
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This is the best eyeliner I have tried yet. I went to a water park and spent the whole day there. I got back to the hotel and my eyeliner and it was still intact! It didn't fade even a little bit. I haven't used any other eyeliner since then. It also has the perfect size brush. I love it." —M. V.

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in nine colors).

    And it's not just Amazon reviewers who love this! Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, swears by this stuff — read more in her Stila Stay All Day Liner review.

    19. A waterproof mascara so you can reach up and wipe that sweat out of your eyes without a single worry about smearing.

    Amazon, Shelby Heinrich / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a mascaraholic and I have to say this is one of the top mascaras I’ve ever used. It gives lashes amazing length and volume and it’s easy to apply. Also, it stays put at well as some waterproof mascaras. I wouldn’t wear it under water but it doesn’t smear or smudge, even under humid and wet conditions. I highly recommend!!" —Christen1060

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98 (available in four colors).

    Shelby, and editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this mascara to see if it lived up to the Tik-Tok hype! Read all about it in her Maybelline Sky High Mascara review.

    20. Some long-lasting makeup setting spray because the rest of your makeup needs a little help staying put on particularly damp days, too.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Fantastic matte finish that holds up REALLY well to sweat (live near the gulf, humidity is always 100+% lol) and so inexpensive. Better than Mac, Urban Decay, idk how much money I've wasted on name brand products. Now while I love my Mac makeup and Urban, certain things make certain products better, and I never found such an awesome make up setter that withstood a nine-hour shift in direct sunlight at 90 degrees with 100% humidity. I sweat more that day than water used in a shower lol and this held up like a champ, no lines. Great stuff!" —TMC

    Get two bottles on Amazon for $13.64 (available in matte, dewy, or a combo pack of one of each).

    21. A pack of 100 oil-blotting tissues perfect for a mid-day touch up. Idk if it's actually true, but I swear my oily skin's always somehow even oilier when it's humid out.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Where have these been my whole life? I live in humid FL and have very oily skin. Halfway through the day I look like an oil slick. I love these charcoal tissues, they feel great on skin and gently absorb oil. They do not ruin or pickup my makeup at all when I dab them on my face. They leave no trace of oil and I am good for another four hours or so. I can't live without these now!" —Ashley Bouchard

    Get the pack of 100 tissues on Amazon for $6.95.

    22. A compact handheld fan because it lets you bring your very own breeze with you wherever you go, and this year, you. are. going. to. go. places!!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You simply plug it in to charge! 

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical about this fan because I planned on taking it to Disney in mid-August and wasn’t sure how much power it actually had and how much relief it could provide in the mid-summer Florida heat and humidity. BUT I am pleasantly surprised to say it was better than I ever expected! It provided cool air, lasted all day (we stay in the park from open to close so that’s typically about 12-15 hours) and it charges really quickly. Very lightweight too!" —Kelly B

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04+ (available in four colors). 

    23. An electric power washer so you can clean up all that mold and mildew that incessantly grows on like, all the exterior surfaces of your home.

    Side of reviewer's home; half the paneling is coated in greenish, greyish mildew and the other half is completely clean
    amazon.com

    It comes with five different tips so you always have the perfect one for the task you want to tackle, and has two different detergent tanks so you can switch back and forth (but it works really well with just water, too!)

    Promising review: "We have tried it out on a little bit of everything around the house: a concrete patio, white painted wood around the patio, some brick and mortar, half of the concrete driveway, half of our vinyl siding, and a little piece of unpainted wood fence. We’ve been amazed at the results! We live in Florida and recently purchased a 15-year-old house that I don’t think has ever been pressure washed. I would say this is a must have for anyone who lives in an area where there’s a lot of moisture and mold/mildew." —Alicia

    Get it on Amazon for $159.

    24. And a mold and mildew remover made from a no-odor gel that sticks and stays to your grout and caulking, because opening the window to prevent the shower from steaming up doesn't really work when the outdoor air's just as damp.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    25. A dress made from linen so you can both look cute *and* sweat at least a little bit less.

    linen t-shirt dresses in rust, light taupe, and black
    Nature Chic Store / Etsy

    The linen is super breathable so it'll help keep you cool! The seller will even customize it to your measurements, if you want (and they have lots of other linen clothes in their store if this cut isn't your style). Fellow Animal Crossing fans — IMO this looks exactly like that linen dress we all dressed our characters in for most of last summer, right?? 

    Promising review: "This dress is amazing! I have a wardrobe of mainly linen, and my clothes from Nature Chic are my most favorite. The quality is beautiful, finely woven and the colors shine. And each garment is so well made and constructed, this dress included. This cut is a bit loose to begin with, so a size down fit perfectly and was still cozy and comfortable. I love the tie in the back, the pockets, and also the length — it is truly midi, yay! I also appreciate how it is both comfy and casual, but refined and having character too. Win win. All in all, this feels like a new favorite in my wardrobe. Many thanks!" —Sylvie Zacrep

    Get it from Nature Chic Store on Etsy for $79.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL as well as custom sizing, and 42 colors). 

    26. And of course, a denim jacket to carry around with you because it may be hot outside, but you know you'd freeze in the restaurant or movie theater without it.

    model in slightly oversized light blue denim jacket
    Beginning Boutique

    Get this one from Beginning Boutique for $55.95 (available in sizes S-L). 

    27. If you don't mind layering, a cotton undershirt with an extra sweat-absorbing panel under the arm to catch any drips you'd prefer weren't visible in a business-casual setting.

    model laying a button-up shirt over white undershirt with extra layers under the arms
    Amazon

    Yes, it is an extra layer (and technically also 5% spandex), but it'll keep those sweat stains off your short- or 3/4-sleeve business casual tops!

    Promising review: "Although the patched area under the armpits is quite heavy, this shirt is amazing. It really does protect from a whole day of sweating and nothing ever comes through. I have the beige color. It fits great under most everything. I don't wear this shirt alone but only under something else, as the armpit patches look too obvious, and the shirt in general is pretty see-through." —Vez

    Get them on Amazon: a scoop-neck for women for $28.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors) and a crew-neck men for $28.49+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors). Or for even more selection, check out their Amazon store page!

    All of us, the moment the humidity hits:

    Nickelodeon / giphy.com

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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