As we wind down our weeklong summer series, The Cool Down, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to flip the script. We've asked professional designers, scoured the web for the top-rated items, and uncovered crazy innovative products from heat-regulating pajamas to CBD meditation tools — but now it's time to turn to our team. We asked all of the editors to share their one tried-and-true hack for staying calm, cool, and collected all summer long; here's what they picked.
"This little facial spray is a miracle product. It's marketed as a toner, but it's completely free of any harsh chemicals or sulfates. So you can use it all the time as a refreshing skin mist. I spritz it on in the mornings and the afternoons when I need a cool down or pick-me-up. And it gives me the perfect boost. Plus, the smell is a mix of floral and minty." — Lowe Saddler, SEO Editor
"I'm an absolute caffeine fiend, which means I start drinking coffee around 7am and don't stop until the sun goes down. In the summertime, I favor cold brew, and this cute tumbler is my vessel of choice. The double-insulated tumbler keeps 24 ounces of coffee cold all day and it doesn't sweat, meaning you don't need to worry about using a coaster. But this part is key: it has a straw so you won't stain your teeth by drinking six cups of iced coffee a day." — Gina Goff, Director of Audience Development
"I first heard about Recess through our article on healthier alcohol alternatives. Looking at the pretty pastel cans, I knew I had to try. These sparkling waters are infused with CBD hemp extract and adaptogens … and they make me feel delightfully groovy and relaxed. Very mild, no hangover. I recommend pouring one into a lovely cocktail glass over crushed ice. Throw in a few frozen blueberries to add to the chill factor. Special shout out to their Blackberry Chai and Pomegranate Hibiscus flavors. (I like them so much, I just put in another order for more.)" — Laurie Grossman, Director, Editorial Operations
"I can't express how much I love this face roller. To say I only use it during the heat would be an understatement — it's great for post-drinking, early mornings, or just poor nights of sleep — but when it's extra hot out this ice roller is a godsend. I leave this in the freezer and whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed or too-hot-to-function, I simply pull it out and roll it all over my face for instant relief." — Katie Maguire, Commerce Editor
"This affordable fan has actually lasted a few years now. It's so easy to transport (we moved recently) and isn't too noisy, either. It's not something that will cool down your entire room but I put it next to my desk while working or near the TV during Netflix sessions and it gets the job done. The price really makes it worth it if you need something quick and affordable!" — Eva Recinos, Associate Editor
"After learning about these cooling sheets from a colleague, I was definitely intrigued. I already have a linen duvet cover, which helps, but I thought a cooling fitted sheet would be extra beneficial — and I was right. I was nervous about the silkiness (I hate the feeling of slippery satin sheets), but these sheets are the perfect blend of silk and cotton and provide the perfect level of other-side-of-the-pillow coolness." — Lacey Won, Senior Social Media Manager
"I use this toner multiple times a day for a quick cool down. I love the light rose scent and it keeps my skin hydrated and looking fresh on hot summer days." — Colette Dazé, Hunker House Manager
"We don't have A/C and it really feels like all the heavy duty fans out there are ugly. This Dyson one is sleek and unoffensive and it does a pretty good job of cooling a room. Plus, it's quiet and offers air filtration, which really helps in summer when we always have the windows open. It might be a bit pricey but the quality is unmatched — you will have this fan for years." — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.