Of all the uncomfortable symptoms that come along with menopause, hot flashes are the most infamous. Caused by a depletion of estrogen, the burning sensation that comes along with these momentary burn-ups has been likened to the feeling of “having an oven inside of you“—and calling them “uncomfortable” doesn’t do them quite enough justice. Short of carrying around a personal fan, it can be tough to find relief from the overwhelming heat, but according to pros, investing in a cooling spray can help.
“Cooling sprays can be helpful as they can create an immediate cooling sensation due to the liquid evaporation from the skin,” says Emily Hu, MD, OB/GYN and medical director at women’s health company Evernow. “Other components in a spray, such as a menthol or peppermint oil, can heighten that cooling sensation.”
As far as immediate relief goes, these sprays are your best bet—just know that they don’t actually offer any long-lasting benefits. “Cooling sprays are a great low-risk feel-good therapy,” says Dr. Hu. “They will not actually reduce the frequency or severity of hot flashes. For actual long-term reduction in hot flashes, I would recommend speaking with a provider about hormone therapy and non-hormonal therapies to manage symptoms.”
Kourtney Sims, MD, OB/GYN and chief medical advisor at menopause wellness brand Phenology, says that pairing cooling sprays with “ongoing lifestyle changes like nutrition, exercise, and stress management can be part of an overall hot flash management approach.”
Pause Well-Aging Cooling Mist — $39.00
This mist blends anti-inflammatory false daisy extract, soothing holy basil leaf extract, and cooling menthone glycerin acetal. It creates a sensation of lowering the body’s surface temperature, reduces, calms skin, and delivers instant relief from hot flashes, night sweats, or overheating.
Phenology Cool Mist — $23.00
“Phenology Cool Mist provides fast-acting, unscented cooling relief from troublesome hot flashes or night sweats with a blend of proprietary ingredients clinically proven to offer both immediate and longer-lasting relief, plus skin-strengthening benefits,” says Dr. Sims. It contains a sensory agent, that freshens and cools both on contact and for up to two hours. It also hydrates skin with hyaluronic acid and uses a proprietary ingredient that combats environmental stress-induced collagen loss, helps visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity.
Kindra Cool Down Mist — $27.00
This mist provides a cooling sensation that lasts for up to two hours through a proprietary cooling complex along with aloe and cucumber. It reduces the intensity of hot flashes and night sweats while also relieving skin sensitivity, boosting collagen, and nourishing skin.
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