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    29 Fast-Acting Products That'll Help Solve Some Of Your Biggest Summer Problems

    Nobody has time for bug bites, sunburns, or face mask tan lines, y'all.

    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. A delightful little tool called the "Bug Bite Thing" that suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it "before," a pic of the bug bite tool, and a pic of the editor's arm after it's been suctioned with swelling/redness reduced
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    This works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, sea lice, and more (although TBH, if this list of bugs gets any longer I may just stay indoors forever!!).

    Promising review: "I have always suffered, so badly, from mosquito bites. For some reason they love me and I get more bites than the average person. I get giant welts that itch for days that most anti-itch creams don’t even help. Itching turns them into open wounds, and I even have some scars from some old bites. I saw a post on Facebook about 'The Bug Bite Thing' and I bought it on Amazon as a last resort. I am absolutely in love with this product! It is the first thing I’ve used that stops the itch permanently! I am so happy I found this product. I've even used it on my children aged two and seven. I highly recommend this product!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A set of DEET-free mosquito repelling sticks — you can light them up about 12 feet apart, and within 10 minutes the pests will scatter like you cast a backyard charm.

    A set of green-tipped sticks

    Promising review: "Bought these to try at the lake house to keep the deck clear of pests. I was more than impressed by how well they worked, that I didn’t even need to spray myself when venturing outdoors when we had the incense sticks burning! I will say that they don’t always stay lit, you need to check once in awhile. But they smell great and I love not having to use chemicals on my skin because of them." —IslesFan1791

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A watermelon slicer that is, TBH, much safer and more efficient than using a regular knife to hack away at your fruit (and Harry Styles would want you to protect your fingers while getting on that "Watermelon Sugar" high).

    A model using the slicer, which cores the watermelon in 12 pieces like an apple slicer

    Reviewers note that you should follow the instructions when using this — namely that you have to cut off a bit at the top before you try to core it!

    Promising review: "This is amazing! My dad loves watermelon and insists on cutting it with a giant butcher's knife, sure fine but now that he’s gotten older his hand shakes uncontrollably. This brilliant little invention has saved me anxiety and finger reattachment surgery! Hooray for this watermelon cutter thingy!!!" —Olivebean

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    4. A set of five face masks from Athleta for instant relief from ones that you've struggled to breathe in — reviewers are praising these for being lightweight and functional in the heat.

    A model in athletic gear and a face mask

    Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.

    Promising review: "Really comfortable and I feel I can breathe in these and can use while working out without struggling for air or hyperventilating because the shape and construction keeps the fabric from sucking back to your mouth on inhale. Love the way they enabled adjustable ear straps so it will stay on if running or doing something really active." —BossLadybc

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship July 4

    Get a five-pack from Athleta for $30.

    5. Or a summer-friendly, breathable sleeve face covering that slides on over your head in a hot second and won't chafe on long bike rides, walks, and runs.

    A model wearing the face covering under a helmet while riding a bike

    Just a heads up — as far as face mask and coverings go, this is only one layer (the CDC recommends two to three layers for full coverage). Some barrier is better than no barrier, though — just be particularly mindful about maintaining social distancing while wearing this (as you should with all mask types). You can check out BuzzFeed's rundown of the CDC's face mask guidelines for more details.

    Promising review: "At first I thought was too small but I stretched it out a bit with my hands and while I rode my bike with it on it stretched to be awesome! I can breath with it on and not fog up my glasses! I don’t feel like I’m suffocating in it! Best summer mask! Got three more." —Petunia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in seven colors).

    6. Plus a chic, statement-making visor you can throw on to prevent face mask tan lines (and keep the sun off your face in general).

    A model in a black visor with a long bill that shades their face

    Promising review: "I'm not a hat person but shading my face from the sun as I get older has become more important than being fashionable. I was shocked when I put the hat on and LOVED it immediately. I've never loved a hat on me before. I think it not only looks good with my hair up or down but is super comfortable with the adjustable Velcro closure AND shades my whole face including my ears!! I couldn't ask for more. Absolutely would recommend this hat if you are looking for good face protection from the blazing sun." —Kelliar

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    7. Aaaand a jar of Aztec healing clay masks for "maskne" (read: acne you get after you sweat in your face mask) that essentially sucks the gunk out of your pores like a vacuum, and will leave your skin feeling so smooth and firm you'll want to pet it.

    People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! Many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.

    Also, psst — we have solutions for all your summer mask problems, whether it's exercising, maskne, or plain old knowing where to find them.

    Promising review: "As a healthcare worker during COVID-19, the increased mask wear has both myself and my partner breaking out. This has been a welcome addition to our routine. Thanks for having a product that actually works!"Brytnee

    Get it from Amazon for $15.14.

    8. An insulated, self-adhesive weatherproofing strip that instantly sticks to the outer rims of your door so you don't have to worry about the expensive AC air escaping out.

    Psst — this insulated strip also is also great for soundproofing your room/apartment!

    Promising review: "Very strong adhesive holds in place. Very good draft/leak stopping. My door faces the breezeway and it tends to seep into the cracks and blows hot or cold air along the floor making it awful in the winter. This stopped that as soon as I put it on." —AYonko

    Get it from Amazon for $8.57 (available in four colors).

    9. Or a self-adhesive door bottom that is also *quite* effective against drafts, smells, and under-the-door light sneaking through at night.

    A reviewer's door with the panel installed at the bottom of it

    Plus, you can get it in four different colors, so odds are one will approximately match your door (or you can paint over the white one).

    Promising review: "Just bought a new-to-us house built in the '60s. The door from the laundry room into the garage had about a 2-inch gap at the bottom allowing our heater air and or air conditioning leak into the garage all day long. After having an outstanding energy bill our first month I had enough and found this product and was able to install in minutes. Not a single drop of air leaks now out of the door and our energy bill dropped substantial. Product is a lifesaver and have recommended to all my house-flipping friends." —Mark Marin II

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    10. A set of cooling towels – they get chilly the moment you soak them in water and wring them out — a godsend for when you're looking for quick ways to keep yourself cool outside.

    A blue, pink, green, and gray cooling towel rolled up next to their carrying cases, which come with keychains

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "These are wonderful and work! Purchased to use for Disney trip and they were perfect. They have no chemical smell. You just add water and ring them out. Each comes with its own case and clip. Stayed cool for hours. Great for heat and nausea. Just wrapped around neck and instant relief!" —Christina Hatfield

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. A blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe for summer days when you can't avoid some sweaty friction.

    A model rubbing balm on their heel

    Promising review: "For someone who sweats A LOT, I can honestly tel you this product is genius. I always blister no matter what type of shoes I’m wearing in the summer. So far I’ve worn this under flats, sandals, and sneakers without socks! No blisters!!!! I only wish I knew about this product sooner!" —Ozone99

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    12. A lightweight heating and cooling gel eye mask for instant relief from itchy summer allergies.

    A gel mask and a fabric mask you can slide it into

    To cool the mask, you can leave it in the freezer; to warm it up you can leave it in warm water for a few minutes. You can even take the fabric off the gel mask to use it separately.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect mask for anyone who has problems with stress, headaches, or allergies (like me!). I have not yet tried heating the gel mask (being I am in South Carolina... LOL!), but I think I am addicted to the cool therapy mask and the night mask. My preference? I use them separately. I use the cool mask in the morning when I get up, and before I go to sleep. If my eyes give me extra trouble due to allergies or any other issues, I may add an extra time in the midday." —Amazon Customer

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

    13. A pair of hooks for your AirPods to stop them from popping right out of your ears, then onto the sidewalk, then somehow rolling into traffic, then under the wheel of a Ford Explorer, and — well. If you also get sweaty ears in the summer, you get the gist.,

    These also work great for wired EarPods!

    Promising review: "Couldn’t be happier with my purchase! I’ve never been able to wear EarPods because they always fell out. These Earhoox have completely solved that problem. They work so well, in fact, I can’t imagine what activity could make them fall out. 100% satisfied, would recommend and would definitely buy again." —bern

    Get a set of two pairs (one small, one large) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A Pet House candle for when you can't open the windows to save your AC and need a way to quickly mask miscellaneous pet odors like litter boxes, dog beds, and all those lil' sprinkles of pee that you've just accepted as "eau de pet."

    A lavender green tea candle

    Promising review: "These are the BEST candles for homes with dogs. We have five dogs (yup, five) ranging from a 6 lb Chihuahua to a 95 lb Lab. All are rescues and two are seniors. Senior dogs tend to be a little more stinky. These candles are amazing. Even when not lit with the lid off they make the house smell like fresh cut flowers. Light just one and the whole upstairs smells like lilacs. It’s magic. There’s no chemical scent, it really smells like fresh flowers. I’m not a fan of labels on candles, and this one peels off really easily and leaves no sticky residue. You’re left with a beautiful, clean looking, fresh smelling, dog funk eliminating and even-burning candle." —Laurel

    Check out BuzzFeed's review of the Pet House candle for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 16 scents).

    15. A handy as heck sunburn soother made with aloe and coconut oil to hydrate skin and gently relieve pain from the sun's unforgiving rays within just a few hours.

    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 $7.70.

    16. A set of body cleansing wipes to instantly remove sweat, dirt, and all the smells that come with 'em if you're biking or walking to work in the heat.

    A box of wipes

    Promising review: "Wow, these things work REALLY well. We don't have a shower at work and I wanted to start riding my bike to work... 12 miles each way. After a test run with these on a hot day after a ride (sweaty and stinky), they worked like a charm. I did my first ride to work last week and arrived quite sweaty. I only had to use one wipe (cleaning strategically) and air-dried for 15-30 seconds. No residue and I felt (and more importantly... smelled) as clean as if I just took a shower. As the day pressed on, I continued to feel clean... even more so than after showering. These things are fantastic." —green freak

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    17. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs to avoid all that skin irritation you get from walking in the heat.

    A model applying the balm to her inner thigh

    Promising review: "As a runner with sensitive skin — I can't live without body glide. I almost never leave the house without putting it on somewhere. It is especially great for the summer when wearing dresses." —Vanessa P Shkuda

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. Or a pair of lacy chafe-preventing thigh bands that take seconds to slide on and stay in place all day., Amazon

    I own a pair of these, and unlike me showing off in aforementioned dresses, these STAY PUT. There are little grippers on them that lock them in place, but are gentle enough that you don't even notice 'em.

    Promising review: "These changed my life. I used to come home from events/work/errands with red, bumpy, hot to the touch and very painful inner thighs. Sometimes they would BLEED. No creams or powders were working for me. I tried it all. I gave in and got these beauties and I could not BELIEVE the relief I felt. The first time I wore them was to an outdoor wedding in 90 degree, humid weather. These puppies did. not. budge. It was like magic. No friction at all. I wear them multiple times a week, hand wash them and air dry. They do make a quiet 'swish swish' sound when you walk but I promise, nobody else can tell. Take the plunge, measure your thigh and get you some of these!" —Rebekah Lockwood

    Get a pair from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in six sizes and 17 styles).

    Check out BuzzFeed's video review of of these thigh bands + other things to fight thigh chafing for more deets!

    19. A quick detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that's so effective on all hair types that it's amassed over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — TRULY a game-changer for people exercising with long hair that gets tangled in buns, ponytails, or braids during sweaty workouts!!

    Promising review: "So I have very long hair that gets tangled VERY VERY fast. I spent sooo much money getting brushes and products to keep my hair smooth and nothing seem to work. This brush was magic. I saw another that looked the same at a store and I bought it thinking I will have a spare but nope, it didn't work like this one. I love it. The best $10 I spent on my hair." —Ale D

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in four colors).

    20. A self-cleaning, UV-sanitizing water bottle that works in two minutes to give you some peace of mind when you're hydrating on-the-go as lockdown restrictions ease up. Plus, this bb keeps liquid cold for 24 hours.

    A white and black marble-print waterbottle with a twist off santizing cap

    The UV sanitizer part of the water bottle works on a charge for 99.99% sterilization, and also works on face masks, phones, tablets, toothbrushes, and other small items, so you really get a UV bang for your buck.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I love the fact that I don't have to clean the inside of the bottle, and the cap kills germs and viruses. I like the very sleek 17oz bottle, it's easier for me to hold as I have tennis elbow. The larger bottles are difficult for me to hold without having pain. The bottle comes with a drawstring bag and I carry it around with that!!! The charge lasts a long time. Buy it!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in three colors).

    21. An instant odor eliminator spray for your summer clothes that you've *lightly* worn but haven't gotten around to laundering yet.

    Febreze clothing odor eliminator

    Promising review: "I had a cardigan I had worn outside the day before and I wanted to wear again the next evening. I smelled it and it smelled outdoorsy. I used this refresher and it took that smell out of it. I’ve been using it on my clothes (cardigans, jeans and jackets) that aren’t laundered after each wear unless I spill something on it and it makes them smell fresh again. I will definitely continue to buy this spray!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    22. An enzyme-based laundry stain remover that works its magic in one wash to help you instantly get rid of all that discolored dried sweat and deodorant residue in the armpits of your favorite summer clothes.

    A "before" image of a discolored pit in a white shirt and an "after" image of it looking almost all white again

    This spray also does a number on all those other miscellaneous stains in your life, like wine, coffee, oil, make up, and period blood!

    Promising review: "I initially used this on the armpit sweat stains of my workout clothes. After a single wash, with two rinses as recommended, the stains were gone. I then used them on some dress shirts with hideous deodorant stains. GONE! The shirts are now in pristine condition and I don't have to throw them away. This product is amazing. I had used oxy clean previously, but it had the tendency to discolor my shirts. I've used this on red, blue, black, and orange shirts. No stains after washing and no bleeding or fading of color." —Kimmy D

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

    23. A set of popular wickaway sweatbands for a quick fix to stop the sweat from stinging your eyes (or worse, from leaking sunscreen into your eyes).,

    Promising review: "Amazing quality! These are super soft and keep your head cool when working out! I couldn’t believe how well they work at wicking away moisture and staying cool! They came in a super nice box that will help me to not lose them — like I’m prone to. The colors are cute and the headbands aren’t too tight at all! They have nice stretch to them if you have a larger head. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made on Amazon! I’m so glad I bought these!" —Gypsigirl213

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $18.99.

    24. A dry shampoo spray that'll quickly absorb excess oil from sweating in the summer heat and give your roots so much oomph that your Day 3 hair will look like Day 1.,

    Promising review: "This literally changed my life. I was one of those people who used to complain about needing to wash my hair DAILY. I have thin, light blonde hair. I looked greasy and unkempt after one day, not even taking into consideration working out or sweating. But now?! A whole new world. I shampoo my hair in the shower on Sundays, just rinse my hair in the shower after days I do high-intensity sweaty exercise (three to five days per week), and use this in my hair every morning. It fluffs it, gives it volume, and makes it look brand-new. I honestly can't believe how much this changed everything. Now my hair can look smooth and straight because I don't need to wash, dry, then straighten every morning (what a time suck!). Now I just straighten and use dry shampoo. I've used the extra time in mornings to improve my makeup routine, take my dog on longer walks, etc. AND I look more put together at work. Get this stuff. Conserve water. Never look back." —Eemn83

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.90.

    Read BuzzFeed's reviews of dry shampoos for more deets!

    Pssst — Batiste also sells dry shampoos for specific hair colors and in different scents!

    25. A HyperChiller to transform your piping hot coffee into iced coffee in a literal minute — same goes for that rosé you forgot to stick in the fridge.


    Promising review: "I've struggled with making iced coffee at home until now — the Hyperchiller is magic. I can't believe how quickly my coffee becomes cold with zero dilution. I was also surprised on how much coffee it held, it's perfect." —Brian Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. Plus a "wine wand" that'll remove sulfates and histamines from your beloved rosés and chilled white wines in as little as three minutes, potentially sparing you from migraines and mid-week summer hangovers.

    Glasses of white, red, and rosé wines with wine wands in them

    Promising review: "These wine wands are magical! I suffer from really bad migraines, and unfortunately wine has always been a trigger for me. Even a half a glass would put me over the edge. Since I started using the wands, though, I have enjoyed two glasses at a time on numerous occasions without a single headache! I never thought I’d be able to have wine again, but these wands have returned the enjoyment to the experience!" —Bethany

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. A set of natural bamboo charcoal oil-blotting strips to absorb up moisture and sweat, leaving your face breezy and your makeup in tact.

    Promising review: "I have been searching for something as effective as this for a long time now. I have extremely oily skin. I live in the Caribbean and whether I wear foundation or not, very early in the day my face is covered in oil. Mostly over my T-zone is where I get shiny and oily. So I tried this and it is excellent. It picks up the oil quickly leaving my face naturally matte-like for hours. I am well pleased with the light weight of the sheets, the pack fits perfectly in my purse or jeans pockets. I have no dislikes. I will stock up on it. Anyone will oily skin will find this as a must have." —Melisa

    Get a set of 100 from Amazon for $6.95.

    28. A set of shoe deodorizers with activated charcoal insides that will not only take care of the smell in your sweaty shoes quickly, but will work for months to keep it at bay.

    A set of navy blue bean bag deodorizers in a pair of running shoes

    Promising review: "This is the second set we've purchased, after trialing them on my husband's work shoes for a few months and seeing great results. They dry out sweaty shoes, reduce odors, and keep regularly worn footwear feeling fresh. Every few months I do remember to set them out in the sunshine for an hour, which is super simple as far as product maintenance goes. We keep them right with our shoe rack, ready to rest in any shoe that comes along. Thanks for a great item!" —Katie S.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    29. A makeup setting spray with a matte finish to lock your look in place in just a few seconds, even on days when the sun is trying to melt you like a Popsicle.

    A model spraying the setting spray on their face, which has colorful makeup on it

    Promising review: "Love this spray. Like that it's small and portable. It does set your makeup matte, which I love. Keeps my makeup in place all day. I use it pretty much daily when it's summer. It is great for when you travel to anywhere hot and humid and don't want your makeup to slide off." —Tina J.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

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