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From cryotherapy to hydrating lotions, 32 expert-picked beauty essentials for summer

Stay cool for the summer with these expert must-haves.

With the change of seasons to warmer weather, protecting our skin from harmful UV rays isn't the only thing we have to consider. Whether you're trying to tame frizzy hair from humid air or trying to find a lightweight foundation, there are many beauty essentials to choose from to help make the transition into summer easier.

Cosmopolitan Beauty Editor-at-Large Julee Wilson, stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about some of her favorite summer beauty must-haves, from cooling ice dice to reduce inflammation to an alternative for dry shampoo to keep your scalp fresh between summer styles.

Keep reading to see all six summer beauty picks, plus more products you'll love long after the season is over.

Summer beauty essentials as seen on TODAY

BDR Ice Dice

"These are the easiest cryo-tools on the go! And because they come in a pack of four, you can keep one in your bag or pocket, on your desk, in the car, next to your bed," Wilson said. According to the brand, you simply place these ice dices in the freezer for up to ten minutes and hold on your skin for a cooling effect. They can be good for soothing sunburns, reducing puffiness and inflammation from acne, rashes and insect bites.

Charlotte Tilbury Cryo Recovery Mask

Wilson says cryotherapy is trending in the beauty industry and loves this recovery mask to treat skin inflammation. According to the brand, this reusable high-performance mask uses ice-tech and acupressure techniques to reduce the appearance of fine lines and soothes the skin for a refreshed and lifted appearance.

OTM St. Tropez Insulated Cosmetic Pouch

Wilson loves the insulated innovation and style of these super chic, vegan leather bags. "My products are constantly melting when I’m at the pool and beach, but these are like a mini-cooler for your beauty products. Plus, it can keep your favorite face mist cool," said Wilson.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water Under-Eye Gel Stick

"Puffy eyes are the worst and especially when they get puffy throughout the day due to heat and humidity," said Wilson. According to the brand, it contains inflammation reducing and hydrating ingredients, such as caffeine and seawater to minimize under-eye puffiness without leaving your skin feeling oily. Wilson says she loves this product for immediate results and it can be worn over makeup.

Vaseline Healing Moisture Cooling Lotion

In the warmer months, anything with a cooling effect can be refreshing and hydrating. Wilson says make moisturizing an experience with this healing lotion. Formulated with vitamin B3 and menthol, the brand says this lotion absorbs into your skin within 15 seconds, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and deeply hydrated.

Sunday2Sunday Root Refresh Micellar Rinse Spray

Wilson keeps this micellar spray stocked at all times and uses it to keep her scalp cool and fresh between washes. If you're looking for an alternative to dry shampoo, the brand says this spray is formulated to remove dirt and excess oil without leaving buildup that clogs your hair follicles.

More summer beauty essentials

Beauty expert and makeup artist Ashlee Glazer, previously stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share her favorite products to feel glamorous all season long, from products that create the ultimate beach waves to ways to achieve that sun-kissed glow.

Bed Head by Tigi Hair Wax Stick

To tame those frizzy flyaways, Glazer loves to use this wax stick after a beach day. She says you can achieve the perfect ponytail and it doesn't leave any white residue. According to the brand, you can apply this compact wax stick directly to your hair, or by rubbing the product into your hands first.

Curel Deep Moisture Spray

"I always get so dry at the beach or a day out, and feel lazy or too hot to rub in lotion," Glazer said. The brand says this spray is packed with ceramides and can be used on the face or body to replenish moisture within the skin.

Luv Scrub Mesh Body Exfoliator

Glazer loves to use this mesh body exfoliator before a spray tan and says it can be used in place of a loofah or body brush. Stretching up to 50 inches long, this product is designed to scrub away dead skin cells and help alleviate body acne and ingrown hairs.

Makeup by Mario SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enchancer

"Even though I am a professional makeup makeup artist, I am just like you and like to do as little

as possible when it comes to my own summer beauty," said Glazer. If you're looking for an effortless natural makeup look, this 3-in-1 tinted balm provides sheer, lightweight coverage.

Roxanne Rizzo Bronze Glow

Glazer says this is a personal and professional favorite and when wearing shorts, she doesn't go without it. According to the brand, this face and body spray covers imperfections such as acne, redness, rosacea, scars and more.

Trademark Beauty Babe Waves Jumbo

To achieve salon-worthy beach waves, Glazer loves this Trademark Beauty three barrel tool. "All you do is press the hair between the barrels, no twisting, no turning. It's so easy and looks effortlessly cool and natural," Glazer said.

Dermaflash Mini Dermaplaning Tool

If you haven't heard of dermaplaning, Glazer is a huge fan of this tool, which does more than remove peach fuzz, and incorporates it into her beauty routine. "I swear by Dermaflash, it makes a huge difference in my skin and makeup application, removing dead skin, creating a smooth flawless canvas for my skincare and makeup to go one," says Glazer.

According to the brand, this compact tool is suitable for all skin types and is small enough to keep in your purse for on-the-go touchups.

More warm weather beauty products

For more expert-favorites, Colleen Sullivan, a beauty editor for over 20 years, tried out tons of warm weather products. From a razor so gentle on the skin you won’t need shaving cream, to a hair mask made of volcanic ash that removes product buildup with one squirt, these are her 19 summer beauty favorites.

Athena Club’s Razor

Unlike most lightweight disposable options, this razor’s handle is covered in silicone for a non-slip grip and has a metal core, giving you just the right amount of heft and control when you glide the blades over your skin. The stainless steel five-blade comes with skin guards to prevent irritation and is surrounded by a water-activated hyaluronic acid and shea butter serum, which serve as a built-in shaving cream (just be sure to wet the blade before using). You get two blades in the kit and there are eight colors to choose from.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick

There’s no other way to say it — I’m obsessed with this 2-in-1 cream stick that doubles as a sheer blush and lip tint. This product, which contains mango butter and avocado oil, is super hydrating and blends easily — simply dot onto your cheeks and blend with your fingertips (then watch as your cheeks get an instant healthy flush) or swipe onto your pout and rub your lips together for a hint of color. It comes in this tiny two-inch stick that slips easily into a small summer bag.

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Deep Pore Cleanser

I’ve been wearing sunscreen daily since Memorial Day and have been fastidious about washing it off at night ever since my dermatologist says sunscreen is often mixed with pore cloggers like dirt and oil. My new go-to facial wash from Sand & Sky has a 5.5 pH — meaning it’s got a similar pH to skin so it shouldn’t trigger breakouts or result in redness or sensitivity — and contains macadamia oil and silica-rich pink clay to replenish moisture. Luffa plant and finger lime extracts gently exfoliate, while witch hazel helps control oil and tighten pores.

Kneipp Body Wash May Chang & Lemon

I’m obsessed with trying body washes and it didn’t take long to fall in love with this plant-based cleanser, partly because it smells like Pledge (in a good way), but mostly because it’s loaded with skin-soothing moisturizers my dermatologist swears by — including almond and primrose oils and shea butter. But what really caught my eye was an ingredient I’d never heard of before called May Chang, an essential oil that gives this body wash its lemon scent while also helping cleanse and tone the skin. Summer bonus: May Chang has been known to work as a natural bug repellent.

Clear & Pure Lip Balm

No matter the season, I’m constantly hydrating my lips, so you can imagine how excited I was to discover a lip balm worthy of joining my two other lip hydrators, one that’s 100% natural and filled with extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and a water-based honey that makes the balm super hydrating and allows for a smoother application. The hard part is choosing from the 10 flavors — but I’m loving the coconut and vanilla right now.

Coola Refreshing Water Cream Sunscreen

I try to find a great new sunscreen every summer, and this season is no different. The one I’m loving caught my eye because it not only has all the crucial bells and whistles (it’s broad-spectrum and has a SPF of 50), but because it contains two star ingredients that dermatologists swear by to help support skin’s moisture and increase hydration — hyaluronic acid and coconut water. The unique delivery system makes application simple — remove the cap, pump the top, and watch how a measured amount of blue (yes, blue!) cream gets released from the small opening — and mess-free.

Bliss Clear Genius Body Acne Spray

If the thought of breakouts on your chest, shoulders or back has you passing on tank tops or sleeveless dresses, consider this acne-fighting spray that’s made for those hard-to-reach areas. It contains ingredients including 2% salicylic acid (to remove pore blocking dead skin cells), witch hazel (to reduce inflammation and redness), zinc PCA (to lessen sebum secretion), niacinamide (a vitamin B3 derivative that reduces swelling and redness) and Cica (a leafy green herb that soothes irritated skin). Shake the bottle and spray — and there’s no rubbing required. This product also does a good job of preventing acne, so if you’re susceptible to breakouts in a specific area, spot treat at night for clearer skin in the morning.

Laura Geller Prep Stick Lip Scrub

Exfoliating your lips is one of those beauty rituals you know you should be doing. I’ve been waiting for something truly easy (read: not messy) to come along to bump this action up on my beauty to-do list — and here it is: a lip bullet filled with exfoliating sugars and avocado oil to keep lips moist. Although the manufacturer claims it comes fragrance-free, I swear I detect a delicious fruity smell.

Mario Badescu Coconut Body Scrub

The skin on the bottom of my feet, chest, and back of my shoulders gets a little rough in summer, so I try to exfoliate these areas three times a week in the shower. I prefer a mushy and more granular paste, which is why I’m so in love with this scrub. What makes it stand out from others on the market: it contains six different-sized beads (including two different sizes of pumice) that swim in an emulsion of skin-shedding salicylic acid and moisturizers like rosehip, meadow seed foam oil and vitamin E. You simply apply it to damp skin anywhere you have rough or dry patches, massage in a circular motion, then rinse.

Valentino Beauty Brow Trio Eyebrow Liner

When I first used this brow color, I thought there was no way it’s going to make my list of favorite new products. Don’t get me wrong — the sleek dark fuchsia and gold packaging is stunning and the fact that you get three products in one (brow comb, pencil and liner) is impressive. But it has this super micro brush that I thought would leave thin, awkward lines in my brow hairs — wow, was I wrong! I was amazed to see how beautifully and naturally the product adhered to my hairs as I stroked the formula onto my brows. Two maintenance tips: be sure to shake the pen before using and store it flat to prevent the ink from drying out.

Sun Bum Revitalizing 3-in-1 Leave-In Hair Conditioner

I grew up with my mom spritzing Johnson’s No More Tangles into my hair after days at our town pool, which helped remove all the knots and snarls on my head. This summer, I’ve discovered a grown-up version of this product: a leave-in conditioner that not only eliminates tangles, but provides UV protection to safeguard my hair color and condition and soften my strands with coconut and sunflower seed oil. It also contains vitamin E and potassium-rich banana leaf, peel, flower and pulp extract to nourish and protect hair from harmful free radicals, along with a quinoa protein to strengthen.

LAFCO’s Chamomile Lavender Hand Sanitizer

Fact: I hate hand sanitizers and the way they make my skin feel (read: dehydrated!). That was until I discovered this new disinfectant from LAFCO, the luxe Italian company known for its candles and diffusers. The light gel formula has a smooth texture, almost like a hand soap, and is made of 70% plant derived ethyl alcohol and moisture retaining ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera and ginkgo biloba. There are two scents — one that features notes of grapefruit, ginger and raspberry, and the second (my favorite) which is made of lavender, chamomile and sage. Unlike most products in this category, the bottle looks beautiful in a bathroom or bedroom and, at 13 ounces, will last through many hand sanitizing sessions.

Jupiter Purifying Hair Mask

If you’re looking for something to remove salt, chlorine, sunscreen and excess styling product from your hair, this foaming mask will do the job. Designed to be used once-a-week, it’s made of a mineral-rich volcanic ash that lifts and removes buildup while hydrating your strands with argan oil. (It also contains biotin, a vitamin B7 that’s known to stimulate keratin production and help with hair growth.) The mint-scented foam squirts out of the bottle in the shape of a ribbon — simply apply to damp or dry hair and leave on for five minutes.

Type: A The Innovator Aluminum-Free Deodorant

An aluminum- and alcohol-free deodorant that’s activated by sweat and absorbs instantly? Yep! Made with charcoal (to draw out bacteria and toxins that cause odor) and spirulina (a blue-green algae that has anti-inflammatory properties), this deodorant comes in a squeeze applicator that has three slits on the top to dispense just the right amount of cream. It glides on clear so won’t stain your clothes and comes in two scents — Vanilla Almond Milk and Fresh Rain + Bergamot.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Butter

I’m often wary of self-tanners for all the obvious reasons, but this gradual self-tanner allows you to build color slowly. Its vegan blend is loaded with good-for-your-skin ingredients including hydrating coconut, eucalyptus, chia seed, peppermint oil and vitamin-rich avocado, all of which help prevent skin dryness. There’s also vitamin C-enriched grapefruit to brighten and even out your skin tone and soothing aloe vera to help reduce redness. It’s fast absorbing and non-sticky — expect your glow to appear in four to six hours.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Face Palette

Summer is all about ease and it can’t get any easier than this 3-in-1 face palette that features a bronzer, highlighter and blush. Start by sweeping the bronzer over your cheekbones for a sun-kissed look, then add the highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes and/or on your upper brow bone area. Finish by swiping the blush on the center of your cheeks and over the bridge of your nose. It comes in a portable slim case with a mirror that can be easily slipped into any small bag and in three shade palettes: Italian Summer (for fair tones), Off to Costa Rica (for medium tones) and Tropical Getaway (for darker tones).

Alba Botanic Ocean Surf Repair & Refresh Shampoo

Formulated with hair-repairing marine botanicals and tropical extracts such as kelp, algae and sea lettuce, this plant-based shampoo is a great find for anyone who deals with dry hair in the summer, the brand says. It’s created with 100% vegan ingredients and doesn’t contain any synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sulfates or petrolatum to damage your hair. I love that the bottle is made with 100% recycled materials and that the scent is slightly fruity — refreshing, but not overpowering.

BL+ The Serum

There are a lot of pricy serums in the market — and this is one of them. But hear me out. Ever since I incorporated this product into my skin care routine, I’ve had people tell me — repeatedly — how great and glowy my skin looks. Scientists at this Iceland-based company recognized the importance of maintaining a properly functioning skin barrier and created a product that stimulates collagen and protein synthesis and prevents the formation of an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Simply apply a few drops to your face and neck after cleansing. You’ll feel an immediate tightening effect and unlike many serums, it doesn’t leave behind any stickiness. It took about a week to notice a difference in my skin — my only regret is that I didn’t discover this product sooner.

Essie In The Cab-ana

Summer is the one time when I love wearing bright polish on my toes and this gorgeous turquoise shade checks all the boxes. It gives off a happy summer vibe — but it’s not too lively that you can’t wear it to work. Its blue/green base matches pretty much any color in my wardrobe, so I don’t find myself switching shades with summer outfits. It’s not a new color from Essie — but I’ve newly discovered that it's a great color that draws compliments anytime it’s on my toes (which, so far, has been pretty much all summer!).

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