Beauty Rehab: How to Undo All the Damage From Summer
Dried-out strands, rough skin, sun spots galore—summer was good to us, but we’re now feeling the effects of one too many beach days. Not to fear: It’s easy to bring yourself back to your glowy pre-summer state with just a few key tips. Keep scrolling to see them all!
David Mallett Mask No. 1: L’Hydration ($75)
So you forgot that you should be applying SPF to your hair, too—oops. Luckily, the solution is simple: Mask… and mask again. Look for hydrating and repairing ingredients, like B vitamins, natural oils (rose hip and argan are good bets), collagen, and proteins that help repair the hair cuticle and smooth things out. If you’d rather whip up something in your kitchen, coconut oil is always a good bet (trying saturating your strands overnight for a natural split-end remedy). You can also shop some of our favorite hair-repair masks. If all else fails, it might be the perfect time to get a trim.
Pictured: David Mallett Mask No. 1: L’Hydration ($75)
It’s the fate of every blonde. You leave summer and enter fall ready to face a new season… except you realize your hair is slightly green. You bemoan your excessive pool days and book a trip with your colorist. Or you could do as Australian women do and just add some ketchup to the mix—yes, ketchup. Supposedly, the pigments cancel out any blue or green undertones and help bring your hair back to its shiny state. (We do recommend proceeding with caution.) Not into that idea? Try an at-home gloss like Rita Hazan’s Ultimate Shine Gloss ($26), which adds shine and glossiness from the comfort of your shower. Or book an appointment for a salon gloss—we can personally vouch for Joico’s new LumiShine (prices vary by salon), which makes your hair look freshly colored.
You may still be rocking the remnants of your summer tan, but your skin’s texture, on the other hand, is less than desirable. To smooth out any roughness and unevenness, start incorporating an alpha-hydroxy acid peel into your skin routine every other night. We’re fans of Radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75), as well as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel for Sensitive Skin ($88) if your skin is easily irritated.
If you’re not seeing the results you want, it may be time to book an appointment with your facialist (or give this new express treatment a try).
Sisley Intensive Dark Spot Corrector ($165)
So your face now resembles the outside of a speckled egg. Cue the panic. Luckily, those glycolic acid pads will be a huge help with lightening brown spots, too, but it may be time to enlist a targeted serum. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, licorice, arbutin, kojic acid, azelaic acid (this product will never leave our side), and more. You can shop some of our favorite dark-spot treatments (as well as hear from an expert), or try using your kitchen pantry to lighten your dark spots (apple cider vinegar will work wonders).
For a complete guide on the best ingredients for brightening your skin, we’ve got you covered.
If the skin on your body is veering toward scaly, introduce a moisturizer that seals in moisture but also draws it in and prevents it from leaving. When scanning the ingredients list, look for alpha-hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin—all of which will help your skin feel softer and more hydrated. Side note: You may want to give your long, hot showers a break. When you do shower, however, make sure you’re exfoliating to slough off any dead skin cells. Beauty editor tip: Apply your moisturizer when you’re still in the shower to seal in the hydration.
Pictured: Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub ($15)
Love + Sage Beach Rose ($12)
All that sun has dried out your lips in a major way, and now they’re cracked and peeling. First of all, make sure you aren’t irritating your lips and making the problem worse with any common offenders like alcohol or coffee (just use a straw if you can’t live without them). Then utilize this three-step trick.
If you’ve been waxing all summer, you might find your bikini area suddenly irritated without your biweekly visits. If your waxing efforts have faded, come fall, make sure to keep exfoliating nonetheless—this will prevent ingrown hairs and keep the area irritation-free. You can even apply a topical glycolic acid treatment, like Queen Bee Buzz Off Bumps ($24), to strip away dull skin and keep the area soft. Yes, we said it: Use an exfoliating pad on your bikini area. You’ll thank us, trust.
Click here to find out how to transition your skincare routine into fall!