Post-Summer Skin Rehab

Fading tan, brittle hair, dry skin? These DIY treatments will leave you smooth and fresh in no time.
TLC After a Summer of Sun

Summer seems like one long low-maintenance beauty treatment: you get wind-tousled beach hair, a (hopefully faux) glow, supple skin from all that humidity. But by the time the weather cools, you might be left feeling like a near-empty bottle of sunscreen: dried-out and a little, well, crusty.

No matter what your post-summer beauty problem, we have the pampering fix. These treatments will leave you feeling softer, looking younger, and ready to face fall with a smile.

Problem: Dull, no-glow skin is your beach souvenir.
Fix: “Exfoliating your face is key after a summer of sun and sunscreen. The upper layer of skin gets thicker, harder and drier. Removing it gives a dewier look and helps produce more collagen,” says Barbara Close, herbalist and founder of Naturopathica, a beauty company and Hamptons spa loved by A-listers from Heidi Klum to Martha Stewart. (Her Pumpkin Purifying formula is a cult favorite at the Spa at Four Seasons.) Close suggests applying a thin layer of enzyme peel before stepping into a hot shower. Wait five minutes; rinse.

Problem: Your suntanned hands they look creased and weathered, with brown age spots.
Fix: Find a moisturizer that contains fruit acids — the emollients will help delicate skin on hands feel softer, and the fruit acids target repair by gently exfoliating to reveal new cells. Risveritol is a secret ingredient from grape skin; lemon and orange extracts can revitalize, too. Skin brighteners or lighteners help brown spots look lighter.

Problem: You've gone barefoot for months, but now your feet are dry and cracked.
Fix: Soak feet in warm water. Use a loofah or pumice stone to slough off rough skin. Gently pat feet dry; slather on creamy moisturizer. Best at bedtime — if you’re really diligent, wear cotton socks over the cream and sleep that way.

Problem: Your body feels itchy and dry under clothing.
Fix: Apply a dry, fragrant oil directly onto damp skin. The scent and silky touch linger long after you towel off and slip on your sweater.

Problem: Your hair is in desperate need of a long, cold drink.
Fix: Deep conditioner helps smooth and seal the outer layer of hair, restoring bounce, strength, and body after a summer of damaging salt water, chlorine, and whipping wind on boats and in convertibles. Try Salon Series by Ouidad Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment (available at

Problem: Your lips feel dry and parched.
Fix: They deserve a bedtime treat of buttery lip balm or Vaseline — nightly, because the skin on your lips sloughs off and renews frequently, and beauty rest is the perfect time for balms to work, since you won’t kiss them off on your latte cup.

Problem: Your eye area looks wrinkled and puffy.
Fix: There's a reason treated pads have a big fan base. “Clients are always impressed by the results,” says celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. “They make the skin around your eyes look firmer.” M. Asam Aqua Intense Extreme Lift EyePads contain hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that experts say can temporarily plump up skin. Ahnert also keeps eye cream cold for puff-fighting power.

Problem: You want more serious help to reverse sun damage.
Fix: “My favorite ingredient for this is retinol, to help repair and renew skin,” says dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer. Check out products that contain it, such as his Daily Hydrating Cream at, or ask your dermatologist if prescription-strength, topical Retin A, Tazorac or Differin would work for you.


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