30 Summertime Problem-Solving Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

30 Summertime Problem-Solving Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

From sunscreen you’ll actually want to use, to products that prevent unwanted chafing, to breathable face masks.

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.


Glossier Invisible Shield — a daily sunscreen for those who hate wearing sunscreen, (which I’m convinced must be all of us). Its lightweight water-gel formula won’t leave behind a greasy residue or white cast, and will just feel like you’re applying a daily serum.


Plus, this SPF 35 sunscreen is cruelty-free and vegan!

Promising review: “I am a dermatologist. I have been searching for a facial sunscreen like Glossier for a long time. It is perfection!! The ingredients act as a radiation UV block/screen: UVB (radiation that causes burning) and UVA (radiation that causes aging). It goes on gently, without greasiness, and with light summer scent. So happy with the product !!” —Michael D.

Get it from Glossier for $25.


A balm to glide onto your feet before putting on your shoes so you can prevent uncomfortable blisters and raw skin on your next run or walk.

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This is infused with vitamins A and C to help soften skin reduce inflammation. Plus, it’s vegan-approved and and allergen-free.

Promising review: “I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS. I was like, ‘pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING.’ Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!” —Jamie

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


A grill cleaner so you can enjoy ALL of the yummy BBQ food this summer with peace of mind that your grill is free of yucky grease and grime.


Promising review: “I tried six different products before trying this one and by far, this is the best one of all. I am the type of person who prefers cleaning the grill immediately after grilling. It loosens the debris off the grates easily and comes off easily. I like easy practical cleaning without the need to spend much time scrubbing. Try it, you will not regret it.” —Fmcasado

Get it from Amazon for $6.95.


Burt’s Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After Sun Soother, as you may be able to tell from its name, contains a nourishing mix of aloe extract and coconut oil to hydrate sun-exposed skin and leave it feeling refreshed, moisturized, and itch-free after burning.


Promising review: “Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart.” —Carrie

Get it from Amazon for $7.69.


A plant-based insect repellent to prevent pesky mosquitos from feasting on your blood for up to six hours. Plus its lemon eucalyptus scent will smell nice and refreshing!


Promising review: “This stuff works fantastic. It lasts for hours and no chemical smell. It has a definite lemon smell but not like a furniture polish lemon smell. I had no bites and I was out for about three hours. Bugs didn’t bug me at all and it has no DEET. You would need to reapply if you’re getting in and out of the water so just keep that in mind. Mosquitoes LOVE me so if it works on me, then it should work on anyone.” —Gina Central

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.


A cooling mat that’ll prevent your very good pet from overheating, because TBH pets deserve an award for dealing with summer heat while rocking a coat of fur.


This mat stays 5—10 degrees cooler than room temperature!

Promising review: “I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don’t think their nails can penetrate it.” —E Marsh

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available to two colors).


Antiperspirant wipes to simply apply at night before bed that’ll give you protection for up to seven days from underarm sweat stains and odors.


Promising review: “For anyone who might be skeptic, please allow me to put you at ease. If you have hyperhidrosis, meaning it can be 9 degrees outside and you’re still sweating under your arms, this product has the potential to change your life. I would sweat THROUGH a sport coat before noon. Enter the Sweat Block product. I’ve had it for three weeks and it is life changing. I DO NOT sweat under my arms anymore. I’m still on the original box that I bought three weeks ago. I had to write a review after I was cleaning the garage today in 85 degree heat…I was sweating through my shirt on my back…BUT NOT MY UNDERARMS. It is amazing!” —Frosty McGee

Get a pack of 10 wipes from Amazon for $19.99.


Black Girl Sunscreen — a moisturizing SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen crafted for women of color. Its lightweight, natural formula contains ingredients like avocado, jojoba, cacao, carrot juice, and sunflower oil to soothe, protect, hydrate, and heal skin, all without leaving behind a white residue.


This is paraben-, fragrance-, oxybenzone-, octinoxate-, silicone-, and aluminum-free. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free! Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black-owned brand that was created to a natural, nonwhite residue sunscreen for women of color. Be sure to also check out their BGS Kids SPF 50 Sunscreen!

Promising review: “I’ve tried many, many sunscreens that claim to blend and not leave a white cast when applied. This was so much better than I expected. A nickel-size amount goes a long way and blends into a smooth, dewy finish. I also didn’t notice a scent so there was no worries of walking around smelling like sunscreen.” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $15.99.


A large melon slicer to make the daunting task of cutting through our favorite summertime fruits super seamless. Plus, the grip handles ensure your hands stay safe from the dangers of sharp blades.


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 $19.99.


While you’re at it, you may also want this handy utensil that’ll perfectly slice, core, and scoop melons.


Promising review: “This gadget is pretty neat; I am pretty happy with my purchase. I love eating watermelon, but hate cutting it into dices. It is so easy to use and completely transformed how we eat watermelon. If you don’t own one, try it, you will love it.” —Jiajian Xu

Get it from Amazon for $12.77.


And of course, we can’t forget about PINEAPPLE! This stainless-steel tool helps to peel, core, and slice up that tropical goodness in a matter of seconds. Grilled pineapple anyone?


Promising review: “I have seen pineapple corers advertised before but never bought one. I figured that it would be difficult to use — WRONG! This corer worked exactly as advertised! It took very little effort to twist the blade down through the pineapple and was super easy to remove the fruit. If you love fresh pineapple but hate cutting them up, this is the gadget for you!” —Mockingbird50

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.


Sun Bum Scalp and Hair Mist — an SPF 30 sunscreen spray to help prevent that awful feeling of dread when you realize standing under your shower head or brushing your hair is causing you PAIN.


This is clean, cruelty-free, vegan, and free of phthalates and parabens.

Promising review: “After shaving my husband’s head during quarantine, we knew we’d need something to protect his now-exposed scalp during summer activities. Ya can’t wear a hat in the pool! Anyways, we sprayed his head during our first beach day and he hasn’t had a burn yet! It’s not thick and doesn’t leave any residue. Added bonus? It’s vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, oxybenzone-free, and phthalate-free.” —Heather Braga, BuzzFeed Editor

Get it from Target for $14.99.


A water bottle that’ll make it easy and most importantly, FUN, to keep track of your water intake so you stay hydrated all summer long.

Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed

Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe!

I own this wonderful water bottle, and I swear it’s the only reason I’m good at keeping up with my water intake now. It comes with eight colorful rubber bands, and each time I finish the bottle, I take a rubber band off and wear it on my wrist. It’s actually so rewarding getting to take a band off, and even more rewarding once you take the last band off. I’ve tried setting alarms on my phone, buying bigger water bottles, using the Plant Nanny app — this is the only thing that has worked for me. (Look — even my dog approves of it!)

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


A face covering so you can keep yourself and others safe and protected, while wearing a mask reviewers say is super breathable — a must in the hot summer temps!


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: Elastic Ear Loops

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Polyester/Spandex with Cotton Liner

Shipping Time: These masks are available for preorder and expected to ship on August 17th, 2020.

P.S. — Athleta is donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization to help support heroes on the front line.

Get a pack of five (colors will be random/assorted) from Athleta for $30.


A shoe deodorizing spray that not only works to eliminate yucky smells from your footwear, but honestly, is gonna make them smell SO GOOD, you’re gonna be tempted to sniff your shoe (as seen in the review photo below…).

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Promising review: “Even with the great reviews, I was convinced there was no way this would touch the stank in my son’s shoes. While headed to town as a family we were struck with the stench of his shoes. It was so bad we turned the car around, drove 10 minutes back to the house, chucked them into the yard, and went to buy him new shoes (which also stunk after he wore them once). He lost the new shoes in three days, which was just enough time for this spray to arrive. I was forced to try this with the nasty yard shoes. OMG: After one soak in this stuff the smell was GONE! I sniffed hard to find that underlying stank that I was sure would be there. Gone. He’s been wearing the newly revived demon shoes for a week at summer camp, spraying every day before he puts them on, and the smell is still GONE. Completely!” —Broncodriver

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.


Grill mats to help prevent food remnants from your yummy burgers, steaks, kabobs, and more from falling, leaving you to have to spend forever on cleaning up when you’re done.


These are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This product makes grilling and cleanup so amazingly easy that I now have the newfound confidence to grill more. I’m a vegetarian so I grill lots of veggies, tofu, and other vegan treats that require the use of a grilling mat.” —V. Thompson

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $18.97.


A blanket that’ll be no match for water, sand, grass, and dirt — enjoy sunbathing or an outdoors picnic without worry of you and your belongings getting wet and dirty.


Promising review: “I bought this for a music festival and it was perfect, I wish I had thought to purchase this for previous years. I got this in yellow so the colored band on one end made it a bit more visible in the dark. The material is lightweight and easy to fold. I used this on grass and dirt surfaces and it kept our bottoms clean and dry. We were able to fit about four people sitting down at the same time, or half sitting/half lying down. Someone did spit gum on it but was able to wipe it off. I am looking forward to having it for other hiking/camping activities.” —agenthippo

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in six colors).


Oil absorbing tissues perfect to keep on-hand if your face tends to get more oily over the summer — just blot these on your face for quick relief.

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Promising review: “I’ve had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they’re life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I’ll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all.” —Kelsey

Get a pack of 100 sheets from Amazon for $6.95.


A cold brew coffee maker so you can enjoy a delicious iced coffee treat without having to wait in line at the Starbucks drive-thru.

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

It yields about four servings of delicious coffee, features an airtight, leak-proof lid that helps to lock in freshness and flavor, a non-slip silicone handle, and fits in most refrigerator doors. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. Need more convincing on this amazing coffeemaker? Check out our review of the fabulous Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker.

Promising review: “Delicious iced coffee! Don’t be fooled by getting an iced coffee at Starbucks and paying almost four bucks. For less than a dollar, you can brew your own cold brew coffee at home. The best part is that cold brew has 60 percent less acid then regular coffee does. So go ahead, acid reflux sufferers: Have that second cup! I used some gourmet beans from a local coffee roaster for $15 and ground them myself. The coffee was far better than Starbucks could ever dream of making. Best of all I get three days worth of coffee for around $2 worth of beans. Pretty amazing.” —Robert Klaproth

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.


Or, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to turn your hot coffee into an iced coffee, a HyperChiller can help make it cold in under a minute!

@thehyperchiller / Via instagram.com

You can either brew your hot coffee directly into it or pour coffee from a mug or cup into the carafe. All you need to do is fill this with water, put it in the freezer, and it’ll be ready when you want to use it!

Promising review: “This product is a must-have for iced coffee lovers on a budget. Using this avoids the sour flavor of cooling coffee, so it definitely replaced my trips going to a cafe and ordering coffee. I calculated how much I spend on coffee in a cafe vs. using this machine. Overall, a year of buying coffee outside would cost me $1,200-1,3000, which is a huge number. Using this with ground coffee from the super market reduces the spending to less than $100, which is a a huge save!” —Chris

Get it from Amazon for $60.


Anti-chafing thigh bands that’ll help prevent the dreaded pain that comes anytime you basically decide to wear something that aren’t pants. Plus, these are super pretty, so you don’t have to worry if your dress or shorts don’t cover them all the way!


Promising review: “Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant…these things work! I was hella skeptical because my thighs are resistant to any sort of chub rub defense. I wore them while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn’t believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved; not a chub-rub in sight and they’re so feminine and romantic-looking that I didn’t even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace. Way sexier than my usual biker shorts. Love that I can wear dresses all day now without worrying about my thighs overheating.” —OceanHips

Get them from Amazon for $18.95 (available in 17 styles, and sizes S—3XL).


Solar Recover After Sun Moisturizing Spray made with vitamin E, French seaweed absolute, distilled water, calendula, lavender oil, sesame oil, geranium oil, roman chamomile oil, and sandalwood oil for a hydrating moisturizer spray that’ll do a stellar job when it comes to soothing a sunburn.

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Promising review: “I love this stuff! It is super hydrating and is amazing for sunburns. Honestly, I use it everywhere, all the time. I love using it as an all natural face mist. The most affordable all natural essential oil-based spray I have found. I highly recommend this and will for sure be a repeat customer!” —Leanne

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.


Mosquito repellent incense sticks formulated with essential oils and plant-based ingredients like rosemary, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood essential oils, and bamboo to keep mosquitoes within a 12-foot radius away for up to two and a half hours!


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 sticks from Amazon for $9.99.


Water shoes that are actually (!!!) comfortable, come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes, and can withstand wear from water sports and other outdoor activities.


Promising review: “I purchased these with the intention of wearing them just for kayaking. Now, they’ve become my favorite house shoe. I couldn’t take them off after trying them on. They were so comfortable and fit so well. I can’t stand the feeling of being barefoot in the house and with spring being upon us, slippers are out of the question… So far so good in the house and they survived their first trip through the washing machine as well. I will most likely be buying more of these. Excellent!” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $9.88+ (available in 42 styles, and sizes 4.5—13.5 women, 3.4—12 men).


A bug bite suction tool to help get rid of itchy bites. Kinda rude that little buggies get to munch on our skin and blood and we have to deal with itchiness after.

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This works by suctioning up insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under the skin, which in turn prevents your body from producing a reaction to said irritant.

Promising review: “I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (3x per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.


Goo Gone Patio Furniture Cleaner so you can spend allllll the time outside reading, enjoying a cold drink, and soaking up the sun knowing that chair you’re lounging on is nice and clean.


Promising review: “It took off all the grime and restored our patio furniture to a like new finish. I liked it so much that I bought a second bottle to clean the spa cover. Will use this for many cleanup projects around the house.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


Anita Grant Aloe Vera Gel – it’ll help soften and treat first- and second-degree thermal and radiation burns and heal them quickly. In addition to being applied to your skin, it can also be applied to your scalp/hair, and is great for everyday use, too.

Anita Grant

Anita Grant is a Black-owned, UK-based beauty brand that specializes in making high-quality, cruelty-free hair and skincare products. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful products Anita Grant has to offer here. This aloe vera gel is cruelty-, paraben-, sulfate-, alcohol-, oil-, and lonicera japonica-free. It’s also vegan-friendly!

Promising review: “My cousin and I fell asleep in the sun, and when we woke we were burnt. The first thing I put on was this. The cooling sensation was such a relief — I even put some on the top of my head. It felt GOOD! Later that night both our skin and scalp looked and felt much better. S.O.S. (Saved Our Skin) in a jar!” —Jonathan Adhler

Get it from Anita Grant for $4.58+ (available in four sizes).


Magnetic barbecue lights so grilling up all your favorites for dinner doesn’t have to feel like a race against the sun going down for the night. Anyone up for a late night burger?

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Promising review: “Just bought a new grill and needed some decent lighting since most of my meals are done at night. These two lights attach only to the lid of my grill because the side tables aren’t magnetic but the flex necks make the lighting very versatile. The light is bright and illuminates the grill well. The color of the light is good too. I’m very pleased so far. Seems durable. I plan on keeping it in its storage when not in use and hope to get plenty of use out of it.” —Ryan Smith

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors).


Sanuk yoga mat flip-flops for a pair of seriously comfy and sturdy sandals. Yes, it’s possible to have both of those things in a pair of flip-flops, and they’re right here.


Promising review: “These are my favorite. As a southern Californian, I wear flip-flops year-round. The last pair of Sanuk yoga mat flip flops I bought lasted through almost three years of constant wear (they were basically the only shoes I wore for three years, so I’m serious when I say constant). They’re comfortable enough to wear for a day at Disneyland, even with arthritic joints.” —beth

Get them from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in 10 styles, and sizes 5—11).


Beyond Burgers so you can enjoy a delicious vegan option next time you barbecue, without sacrificing on the meaty taste and texture you love from real meat burgers.

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I’m FULLY obsessed with Beyond Burgers — so much so that I actually just buy them in bulk now from Costco, because I think they’re just a super easy, super delicious lunch or dinner. If you’ve never tried Beyond Burgers, and you’re on the fence about it, I highly recommend trying them. They don’t necessarily taste EXACTLY like a hamburger, but they definitely do have a meaty texture and taste that makes you forget you’re eating a vegan burger. Dress it up with a bun, cheese, and however else you like your burgers, and I doubt you’ll even realize the difference.

Get a pack of two from Target for $5.99.

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