When it comes to beating the sweltering heat and humidity, we've tried just about everything under the sun. Blasting the AC as low as possible, rubbing ice all over our body, showering with cold water — all of them seem like temporary solutions, especially when you have to go outdoors. In the monsoon, the humidity reaches new highs, to the point where our legs are constantly sticky thanks to moisturising, and the heat is almost unbearable. But is skimping out on skin hydration the way to go? Um, we're not maniacs, so no, obviously!

The answer is to switch to gel-based body lotions. With light, non-greasy formulas that are non-sticky, gel-based lotions solve half the problem. As for the cooling bit? Well, that's where it gets a little bit trickier. To ensure your body stays non-sticky and cool, you need to look at the ingredients in your body lotions — after all, your skin's going to be absorbing 70% of it! Ahead, we're letting you in on what to look out for when you want a cooling body lotion.

 

Menthol

Menthol

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word menthol — icy cool freshness. An ingredient that causes the cooling sensation in products from chewing gum to toothpaste, menthol is an excellent skincare ingredient. Our pick for a menthol-based body lotion? The Vaseline Ice Cool Hydration Lotion. With a non-sticky, lightweight formula that cools the skin by -3ºC, the hydrating, nourishing and instantly cooling moisturiser is perfect for instant cooling in hot, humid weather.

 

Cucumber

Cucumber

Not just for putting over your eyes when you're getting a facial! With cooling and soothing properties that relax the skin, cucumber works really well for the monsoons. Rich in minerals and vitamins A, B, C and E, the versatile ingredient plays a multifaceted role when it comes to skincare benefits — and we thank it for its service.

 

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

The benefits of aloe vera are multifold, and one of them happens to include cooling. The ingredient has a soothing, toning and cooling effect on the skin, and we're leaning towards the Vaseline Aloe Moisturizing Gel for you to give it a shot. The moisturising gel contains 100% pure aloe vera extracts and microdroplets of Vaseline jelly that restores the skin’s moisture to give soft and healthy skin, even in humid weather. Plus, it's got cooling menthol as an ingredient too! Did anyone say best of both worlds?