Summer Beauty Rehab
● By Melissa Gulden
By Melissa Gulden
DRIED-OUT STRANDS rough skin, sun spots galore – summer was good to us, but now we’re feeling the effects of one too many beach days. Now that summer’s (sadly) coming to an end, it’s time to take charge and put that beauty routine into full rehab mode. Refresh and get glowing with our post-summer beauty guide.
You may be rocking the remnants of your suntan, but your skin’s texture, on the other hand, is less than desirable. To smooth out any roughness or unevenness, start incorporating an alpha-hydroxy acid peel into your skin routine every other night. If you’re not seeing results, it may be time to book an appointment with your facialist for a treatment. Try radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75). They have glycolic acid to help fade those pesky sun spots. If you already have dark spots on your skin, sun exposure exacerbates them. Try a brightening mask to keep them at bay (Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask, $8).
If the skin on your body is veering toward scaly, introduce a moisturizer that seals in moisture but also draws it in. 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 those long, hot showers a break (hotter temperatures can dry out skin). And when you do shower, be sure you’re exfoliating to slough off any dead skin cells. If you’re desperate to hold on to that tropical vibe, try The Body Shop Mojito Body Scrub ($24) followed by their Hawaiian Kukui Cream, $36.
And speaking of sloughing off dead skin, lips are often so chapped and flaky post-summer that you may feel like you’re molting! Try this quick home remedy: coconut oil and an eyebrow brush spoolie. Follow with a rich balm to get them kissably smooth in no time (try Nivea Lip Butter Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss, $7.95).
Skin around the eyes is very fragile and one of the first places where visible signs of aging begin to emerge, so it’s important to use products every day. Try using a cream with retinol at night (it comes in different strengths, and if irritating, maybe not every night) and for day, ones with Vitamin C or E to combat free radicals, such as Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair, $59.
So you forgot that you should be applying SPF to your hair, too—oops. Luckily, the solution is simple: Mask, mask and mask again. Look for hydrating and repairing ingredients, like B vitamins, natural oils, collagen and proteins that help repair the cuticle and smooth things out. Incorporating a hydrating mask into your hair routine at least once a week can work wonders and there are plenty of options to choose from. Just shampoo as usual, apply to the hair, leave on for a few minutes, rinse out and done (try Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask, $44).
High-quality essential oils can boost your outside with their restorative properties, while providing therapeutic benefits aromatically and internally once absorbed. And it’s as simple as adding a few drops to the products you already use (try MAC Prep+Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit and Chamomile, $27).
While there is no cookie-cutter answer to what active ingredients should be in your products, a general rule of thumb for preventative/anti-aging skincare is to look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic or lactic acids. Anyone with hormonal or acne-related skin conditions needs products with salicylic, tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid. Look for ingredients such as coconut, jojoba and avocado oils for extra nourishment. And besides always cleansing your face in the evening to remove makeup, remember to use your products on your neck and décolleté.
Once you begin the post-summer beauty routine, your skin and hair will feel and look better in no time! •