The Ultra-Cooling Skin Stick that Will Get Karina Through the Summer

This is not leaving my purse until September.
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Think 'dewy', not 'sweaty.' Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, $28, available at Sephora.

Think 'dewy', not 'sweaty.' Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, $28, available at Sephora.

To say that I don't exactly thrive in the summer heat would be a Donald Trump-level "yuge" understatement. I am hardcore #TeamWinter. But as all NYC-dwellers are probably well aware, sauna-like train platforms and heat-trapped sidewalks are just part of what you sign up for when you live here.

This is where Stila's Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer comes in. The water-based pale blue stick glides over skin, imparting a slight cooling sensation that feels, for lack of a more sophisticated description, so effing good. You can wear it under foundation for a layer of instant, lightweight hydration or swipe it on during the day over makeup to quickly refresh your complexion. But in the spirit of full honesty, I have to admit that I've been using it for a third, distinctly non-glamorous and non-beauty related purpose: to soothe bug bites. 

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out. The formula is infused with Alaskan glacial water, snow drop, lemon and aloe extracts, so it immediately soothes skin and reduces redness — exactly what an irritated, inflamed spot calls for. Wherever I go this summer — be it the beach, my favorite rooftop bar or the NYC subway — Aqua Glow is coming with.

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, $28, available at Sephora.

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