6 Ways to Repair Your Hair and Skin from Summer Damage
How to tackle sunspots...and gross sandal feet
All the sun-soaked days spent at the beach seem like a great idea until we hit September—which is right about the time our summer glow might give way to spotty skin and our buttery highlights (oops) turn brassy. Here, your head-to-toe guide to undoing any damage.
Dark Spots On Your Face
Exposure to the sun increases melanin production in your skin, which results in that smattering of brown spots across your face. To even out your complexion, you need to slough off dead cells (which will help fade new marks) and lighten up older (more stubborn) spots. After cleansing, sweep a glycolic peel pad over your face two to three times a week and use a retinol cream at about the same frequency. (Tip: Mix the retinol with your moisturizer before applying to minimize any initial dryness or irritation.)
Dry, Scaly Skin on Your Body
The sun (and heat and chlorine and saltwater) can all be incredibly drying to your skin. Luckily, the fix is simple: moisturize. Look for something with glycerin in the formula (which helps to pull moisture into the epidermis) and use it immediately after showering every day. You’ll start to feel silky smooth again soon.
And Dry, Scaly Skin on Your Face
Those lightweight lotions you’ve been relying on all summer long aren’t going to cut it come fall. Switch to a creamier formula, preferably one that’s loaded with hyaluronic acid (which will lock in moisture without feeling too heavy on skin).
Rough, Cracked Heels
Sadly, no number of pedicures can withstand the beating our feet take during the summer. You can soften callused heels with a pumice stone (and some muscle). Or you could try an at-home foot peel, which will make your feet shed all the dead skin on their own. Your call.
That dreaded orange tint your hair gets this time of year is the worst. Especially since hand-painted highlights (or, ahem, balayage) don’t come cheap. Get yourself a purple shampoo or conditioner and get to washing. The cool violet tones help neutralize the warm brassy ones, bringing you closer to the color you had at the start of the summer.
First things first: Get a trim for those frazzled bits that are beyond saving. Next, use a nourishing hair mask in place of conditioner every other wash. Leave it on your hair—except the roots—for at least three to five minutes before rinsing it off. As a finishing touch, work a couple drops of oil through the ends only. Oh, and lay off the heat styling whenever possible.