Avène, The Skin Quencher
In a bit of sad news, our air conditioner appears to be broken (broken!), which obviously means that now is when the humidity makes its return to New York. In our ongoing efforts to be more “go with the flow” about life’s everyday mishaps, we haven’t panicked, demanded retribution from the cosmos, or shed tears as simple indoor movements cause instant, profuse sweating. No, we have moved beyond that, thankfully, and have instead set up a simple cooling system of our own that includes a very large window fan and a can of Avène Thermal Spring Water. The refreshing mist soothes inflammation, itching, redness, and general sensitivity, but most of all, it provides necessary relief from stifling temperatures. We’ve always been the Evian Brumisateur type (it makes for a particularly good beach-bag accessory), but Avène is now sold in our local Duane Reade, so when we go there to patronize its industrial-size air conditioner—er, buy necessities—it’s an easy grab en route to the checkout lane. And it makes the short walk home considerably more bearable.