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    27 Things That'll Make The Sun More Bearable

    Sunburn and sweat are not welcome here.

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    1. A high-voltage bug zapper that offers protection from mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and moths up in a 1,500-square- foot area so you can sit out and enjoy the sunlight without, you know, your blood being drained.,

    Promising review: "I use this bug zapper in an inconspicuous place in my home. I HATE flies. With everyone going in and out all the time, this zapper works great! Love it when I hear those 'zaps.' I know that's one less flying insect in my house." —D. Gavitte

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96.

    2. This four-pack of cooling towels so all you need to do when you're warming up a bit too much is slap this on your face or around your neck.

    the four pack

    Promising review: "I ordered these for a trip to Arizona. I really didn’t think they would work. These towels work so well, it’s scary. Kept all four of us cool in 102-degree weather ! My daughter brought ones she purchased at Walmart and just threw those out. I definitely recommend them. I’m planning to order more, as gifts." —Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four color combos).

    3. An adjustable, waterproof, and UV-resistant offset umbrella with a 10-foot canopy for more shade than you'll know what to do with. The sun can't reach you with this.,

    You'll need to secure this umbrella with a weighted base, which is sold separately!

    Promising review: "I love this umbrella. It perfectly suits my patio. I bought the navy blue color, and it looks beautiful. It is really easy to assemble as well. I compared lots of other patio umbrellas and decided to buy this one. I am glad I made the right decision. It definitely worth the price. The material is high quality, and it provides large shadow areas, so I can sit in my patio to enjoy my breakfast and lunch without worrying about rain or sunshine. It only took a few seconds to fully open and fully close; very easy to operate, and it is also very stable. Overall, it is a fantastic product, and I cannot wait for the summer to enjoy my time in the patio." —Marina

    Get it from Amazon for $149+ (available in seven colors).

    4. Or a more affordable adjustable folding umbrella so you'll always have a shady space to escape to when the sun gets to be a bit much.,

    Snag a compatible weighted base so your umbrella doesn't blow away!

    Promising review: "I like this umbrella because it has sturdy spines and base instead of those thin wiry spines on some umbrellas. Much better to hold up to being upended in the wind. It also has the tilt feature, which is great to be included in this price point. The cloth covering is thick and will hold up to the elements. Also, the size is perfect." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in seven colors).

    5. An inflatable pool because who said you can't indulge in the joys of having a pool even if you don't actually have one? Keep cool in the water and relax!,

    Promising review: "We have a 4-year-old and my little nieces and nephews come over a lot. They all need a place to cool down in the hot summer and this pool is such a nice size; I can even sit in there with them. The pool is 10 feet long so there's plenty of room for all the kids! It blows up very quickly and holds a good amount of water. We've had bad luck in the past with pools popping/getting holes in them. This one is holding up very well! I empty and deflate the pool every other day to move it so it doesn't kill the grass and the kids are not easy on the pool either. It's still holding up well!!" —Family shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    6. A box of mosquito-repellent incense sticks to ward off the vampires of the bug world the same way garlic would ward off human vampires (or, er, people vampires? They're not exactly human, are they...). These work within a 12 foot radius for up to 2.5 hours! Plus, it's made of things like rosemary, peppermint, and bamboo, your nose will be OK.

    The green stick burning in an incense holder

    Promising review: "I am so happy to have this mosquito repellent. I wanted something for my back patio in the evenings. This is so pleasant! Everyone comments about the scent; it’s not offensive like other nasty repellent sprays or candles." —Namaste

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three quantities). 

    7. Or a more ~stylish~ mosquito-repeller lantern you can place anywhere around your yard or even on your table — it'll blend in with your decor so easily no one will suspect a thing. This one has a 15-foot mosquito-free zone.

    The black lantern

    Promising review: "Mosquitoes and I are best friends. I'll light six torches, a citronella candle and spray DEET on me and I'll still get bit. I write this review after a fresh rain on my deck next to thick grass in shorts and a T-shirt and say with confidence: this! Buy it!" —Travis Fleming

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    8. A Missha SPF 50 sun block because sunscreen is the best protection against the sun of course! This is my fave sunscreen because it enhances skin tone and has a light texture like an essence rather than a thick lotion (perf for when you're wearing makeup too). It's packed with flower extracts like camellia and lotus and leaves a lovely dewy finish with none of the oiliness and white cast you usually find with sunscreens. A total star!

    the sunscreen

    Shake 3-5 times before use.

    Ohlolly is POC- and woman-owned small biz based in California. It's founded by two sisters who are on a mission to curate the finest in Korean skincare and bring authentic K-beauty to the masses. They carry a lot of familiar K-beauty staples, so this is a great way to support small businesses while restocking your K-beauty faves! They're also committed to seeking out natural, plant-based products with unique ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Promising review: "This sunscreen is fantastic. My eyes are very sensitive and it's hard for me to find a sunscreen that does not irritate them. I put this right under my eyes with no irritation! There is no greasy or heavy feeling on my face either. It is lightweight, goes on well, and looks great!" —Mallory

    Get it from Ohlolly for $22.

    9. Or a double-duty Purlisse daily moisturizer with SPF 30 built in so you can rest easy knowing your skin is protected from the sun and moisturized like it should be. Plus, it just cuts out a step from your skincare routine! Blue lotus is a powerhouse antioxidant that combats free radical damage while white tea calms, and algae helps you stay radiant. With a light texture, it basically disappears on your skin — no white cast to deal with.

    the tube, showing the creamy texture of the cream
    @purlisse / Via

    I used this for months and just ran out. It's truly lightweight and feels like nothing on your skin. That makes me happy to use it every single day, knowing that it goes on so well and is also protecting my skin!

    Purlisse is a Chinese American woman-owned small biz that is a culmination of Asian wisdom and modern philosophy. Founder Jennifer Yen took inspiration from her grandmother's beauty rituals and her own heritage to create a brand that would help give women a reason to believe in their beauty.

    Promising review: "Holy grail moisturizer and SPF! I love this lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer! I appreciate that it offers sun protection but doesn't smell or feel like sunscreen. Wears great alone and with makeup. I have dry and sensitive skin, and this was the one that didn't cause irritation while maintaining high effectiveness. Recommend!" —Nikki

    Get it from Purlisse for $45.

    10. An LED bug-zapping lamp with a 500-square-foot pest-free zone 'cause it doesn't matter how much sun is out — bugs are not welcome here!

    A rounded lamp top with protective barriers around the electric bug-zapping interior

    It's waterproof and protects against mosquitoes, flies, moths, wasps, cockroaches, and more.

    Promising review: "Way better than I expected. It charged in a couple of hours and when I turned it on on my mosquito-infested front porch, BAM BAM, two in 30 seconds. It really works. It's only been on for a few minutes and it is sending quite a few mosquitoes back to hell where they came from. Great price, great item. I think I will buy another one for the back porch." —Steve C.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    11. A plant cover that'll protect your plant beds and little plant babies from hungry pests that like to come out in droves when the sun is strong.

    reviewer photo of the net-like cover over raised garden bed

    Promising review: "This plant cover is thicker than others that I have purchased and lasts a lot longer. I have it covering my Brussels sprouts right now. The temps are getting hotter so I use it to shade my plants. It is also great to cover my squash plants to keep out the squash vine moths and borers." —C. Dryman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    12. A garbage guard to prevent the development of a not so lovely cloud of flies circling round and round your outdoor trash cans now that the summer sun seems to have woken them all up. The guard also releases an odorless vapor that works to prevent bugs for up to four months so this is a worthy investment.


    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

    13. A pair of vintage-style cat-eye sunglasses that have 100% UV400 protection and a comfortable nose pad so you're not sacrificing sun protection for style — and you won't get those annoying marks on your nose. It's time to effortlessly upgrade your sunglasses game from plain to ~pizzazz.~

    reviewer wearing the glasses

    They're also lightweight and shatter-proof, and come with an eyeglass case and cleaning cloth!

    Promising review: "I really love these glasses, honestly! They come packaged nicely and look just like the picture provided. Great quality for being as affordable as they are in my opinion. This style is especially cute, they look good with just about any outfit. I will definitely be buying more pairs from this company in the future." —Angelina Remenarich

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 25 colors).

    14. These quick-dry moisture-wicking joggers — bet you didn't know you could get away with wearing joggers in the summer too, right? These wick away sweat and keep you nice and cool so you can still be in style as you work out.,

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable pants I own. I ended up buying two more pairs after getting the first pair. They are my go to for lounging around the house, doing yard work, and walking or hiking. I was scared that they would be too small, but they feel absolutely silky against my skin." —manxita

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 11 colors).

    15. A pair of bestselling high-waisted biker shorts (which have pockets!!) with a range of uses in the blazing sun, from preventing thigh chafing to workouts and warm-weather lounging at home, due to their moisture-wicking properties and breathable, stretchy fabric. Bless!,

    Promising review: "These are lifesavers. The charcoal are cotton and soooooo comfy for summertime. I have multiple pairs of each color and swear by them. They are great for the gym and just wearing under dresses and skirts. They also provide just enough pressure for my cramps that I can function!!" —MissLee

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 40 color/length options, including two-packs).

    16. These reusable water balloons for a super fun and eco-friendly way to cool off in the sun! The sun thought it could get you, did it? Well it was wrong!

    one balloon in red
    MamaLoveBoutique / Etsy

    MamaLoveBoutique is a Pennsylvania-based small biz. 

    Get it from MamaLoveBoutique on Etsy for $36.50 (available in three colors). If you need rush shipping, you can get that for $53!

    17. A bug bite suction tool to provide almost instant relief from itchiness and remove insect venom, saliva, and other irritants left by a bite. No chemicals needed! You'll finally be able to step out for some sun without fear of returning with a million mosquito bites., Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio. It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY. I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? I still really don't know how it does, but it provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these!" —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in black).

    18. A tub of Musher's Secret paw wax because we know the sun can get unbearable for your furry friends too! This topical ointment is made with all-natural ingredients and will protect your pup's paws from irritants like heat, salt, and sand. It works in cold weather too, against snow and ice.

    reviewer photo showing their pup's paws very damaged and then completely healed after using the paw wax

    If you're worried about finding little paw prints all over your carpeting, don't worry, it's stain free. 🐾

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I live in Florida where the pavement gets very hot in the summer. I started to notice my dog’s pads getting chapped and rough. Whenever I would touch them, he would recoil, which made me think they were bothering him. I couldn’t stand to think my baby might be uncomfortable or even in pain! It was actually difficult to apply at first bc my dog's paws were so rough. After the first application, I noticed a difference in the texture of his paws. Not just immediately after application but the following day as well. When I went to apply the next day, I noticed it was significantly easier to apply because my dog’s paws were significantly softer. With every subsequent application, I noticed my dog’s paws were softer and less rough. After five days of application they feel like a baby’s butt! Definitely recommend and will be repurchasing. This has become part of my pup’s routine." —Lexi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Plus a pack of instant cooling bandanas for your dog or cat friend because they need some relief too!,

    Promising review: "These work great to keep the dogs cool. I kept mine in an ice cooler; they did not take up any space. These would work great for instant cooling off, fit around the head, and leave the hair dry." —Bdawg_mom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. A bucket hat to shield your noggin from the sun but also take those warm weather looks from cool to COOL.,

    Promising review: "I love this hat. It's so pretty and fits amazing. I so recommend! These are in style and perfect for the beach and park. I would buy again; it's a great hat." —Jennifer Fuentes

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 38 styles).

    21. A Son & Park Beauty Water — it's a versatile cleansing water you can splash on your face whenever you get too hot, too sweaty, and too grimy-feeling in the heat. This will refresh you immediately while soothing with lavender and rosewater, and resetting the skin's natural pH level. You'll see brighter skin, smoother texture too. What a ~beauty~ indeed!

    the bottle
    Choc Choc

    I never go anywhere without this. Its scent is subtle but divine, and it's really one of my holy grails.

    Choc Choc is a small biz that handpicks the best Korean skincare and cosmetics on the market. "Choc choc" means "well-moisturized" in Korean and is used to describe luminous skin!

    Get the travel size from Choc Choc for $7.99.

    22. A natural charcoal deodorant that's effective and will fight underarm odor because you don't want your pits to be smelling while you're trying to enjoy your summer. The vegan formula is powered by activated charcoal, which will help fight odor-causing bacteria. The lovely spring scent and clear powder finish just seals the deal!

    stick of natural deodorant in a mint green case
    Credo Beauty

    Credo Beauty is a woman-owned biz based in San Francisco that features cruelty-free beauty and personal care products and never stock products that have ingredients on their Dirty List.

    Get it from Credo Beauty for $24.

    23. A Bougie water bottle because you need to stay hydrated in the heat! With double-walled insulation and a leak-proof flip lid (so you don't have to keep unscrewing the cap), it makes getting your daily dose easy. Plus, it doesn't do that thing where the water tastes stale after a few hours (which is GREAT). The peony bottle is from their new couture collection — gorgeous! Fun fact: this can hold an entire bottle of wine. Bougie indeed!

    mybougiebottle, @mybougiebottle / Via

    It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. The straw allows you to sip instead of tilting the bottle, which comes in handy when you're busy doing something else! It comes with two straws, a pipe cleaner, and a protective bag. Plus, it's eco-friendly, rust-proof, and BPA-free.

    My Bougie Bottle is a woman-owned small biz whose mission is to create convenient durable water bottles to combat plastic pollution and destruction of marine life due to it. Their bottle artwork is intended to raise awareness of the benefits conservation has on our planet.

    Promising review: "I wash it EVERY DAY so I can use it at work. It's the only bottle I own that doesn't drip condensation all over my papers but yet stays icy literally all day. The ice cubes are amazing. I haven't tried it with wine yet but that day is coming. If you like icy cold water in a sweet bottle you can not go wrong with this beauty." —Emily

    Pre-order the peony bottle from My Bougie Bottle for $39.99 and get the flamingo design from Amazon for $44.99.

    24. An ice roller you'll reach for over and over to roll it all over your face for instant cooling in the blistering heat — make sure to buy one for every member of the fam or you'll all start fighting over just the one!,

    This ice roller can also help with migraine relief when you roll it along the back of your neck, and many reviewers also say it helps reduce puffiness on their faces when used in the morning.

    Promising review: "I got this ice roller three days ago and so far I LOVE it! I had a debilitating migraine yesterday and while I cannot say that it cured it, rolling it on my neck and forehead definitely helped. Then today after working in my garden for two hours I came in the house sweating and about to pass out and relief was instantaneous! I love this thing so much I am buying another. Do yourself a favor — just buy one!" —dblchocmint

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (eight colors available).

    25. A tie-back trapeze tank to prove you can strut your stuff even when you're just out getting the mail. The loose, flowy fit means you won't be sweating buckets and the open back means you'll be feeling sexy whether you're wearing it with leggings or jeans!,

    FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Greatest find ever! It fits perfectly, is so soft and comfortable, and I can literally wear with every workout outfit and every pair of leggings. I get compliments every time I wear this and everyone wants to know where to find them." —Michelle Dailey

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 color combos).

    26. A sunburn soother made with aloe and coconut oil in the case none of the above products worked or you forgot them and ended up getting sunburned anyway. This will not only gently relieve the pain but also hydrate so your skin isn't dried out.

    A reviewer image of a burnt back and an "after" image of their back without any redness

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mentioned this also helped prevent peeling and itching!

    Promising review: "I ordered this two weeks ago after seeing rave reviews. So grateful I did. Yesterday I got the worst burn. It was unbelievable. I applied this four times over 24 hours. When I woke up this morning it was a lot better and has just gotten increasingly better throughout the day. The burn is mostly faded, and the pain is so much better. I hope to never burn this badly again, but I will be stockpiling this lotion all the same." —Carolina G.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    27. A flowy "freezer dress" made with moisture-wicking fabric, temperature-regulating technology, and UPF 50 sun protection — yeah, this exists! You're gonna wanna basically live in this dress for all of summer.,

    FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "It's almost like bathing-suit fabric. Very thin, but substantial at the same time. The dress is cut beautifully. I LOVE the weight, and the way it hangs. It hugs in all the right places, and leaves room where you need it. It's flowy and feminine without being frilly and silly. LOVE this dress. Got one in a shorter version too." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $37.35+ (available in sizes XS-2XL and 10 colors).

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