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Despite all the warnings, you’ve gone ahead and gotten yourself a pretty gnarly sunburn. (Next time, consider investing in this guy.) In the meantime, treat your burn with plain yogurt--the lactic acids are remarkably calming and soothing. Slather some onto your skin, leave it there for 30 minutes and then rinse off with a cool shower. If coating yourself in Chobani grosses you out, try Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel.
If your T-zone tends to get a little slick by midafternoon, consider switching to a gel moisturizer, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream for the summer months. As for sunscreen, look for a lighter non-oily formula to beat warm-weather breakouts. We’re partial to Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Sunscreen.
Ack! Your magical hike through the national park led to a not-so-magical stint with a poison ivy plant. (For future scary-leaf identification: If you see three, let it be.) So, how to treat it? Get yourself some Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub. It removes the rash-causing urushiol oil from your skin and suppresses the itchy rash, all in one fell swoop.
Repeat after us: This will be the summer I do not destroy my feet. To stop painful (and obnoxious) blisters from happening in the first place, do your best to prevent friction. Coat your feet with a balm like Sole Goddess or Body Glide and place it anywhere a strap might hit to ease the rubbing.
Sole Goddess ($18)
Always wet your hair before going for a dip in a pool. Doing so fills up the cuticle with good water instead of allowing chlorine and chemicals to sink in. If you’re going to use a swimmer’s shampoo like Malibu C later on, just be sure to use it in moderation, as they can be very drying. Blondes can use it twice a week; brunettes should use it only once a week.
Malibu C ($21)
News flash: Salt water can be incredibly drying. To rid your legs of lizard skin, repurpose your facial scrubber. We?re big fans of the Clarisonic Body Brush Attachment. Just be sure to finish off with a rich moisturizer.
Dark splotches on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip make their peak appearance in summer. Apply a fade cream like Chanel Le Blanc Targeted Brightening Spot Corrector TXC nightly or ask your dermatologist for a prescription-strength version.
’Tis the season for sun, salt and sweat. But as pleasant as those sound (well, at least two out of the three), they can also wreak havoc on your skin.
Thankfully, we’ve found a cure.
From sunburns (tsk-tsk) to ghastly blisters, check out these tips for solving eight of summer’s pesky skin-care issues.
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