It’s nearing the end of those lazy summer days and you've spent just about every second you can at the beach. And though you might be rockin' a killer tan and looking all golden and beachy, the reality is your skin is desperately crying out for help from its heat-ravaged state. Don’t you worry. We’ve got some simple solutions to help you revive your skin from its dry, flaky and damaged condition. You’ll be good as new, just in time for Fall!

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Exfoliate

To rid your skin of its damaged surface, gentle exfoliation is key. Opt for a soft scrub like that will remove old cells without harming new ones that are developing. Avoid harsh scrubs that can abrade your skin even more and add to the damage.

A word of warning: While you may instinctively opt for a peel to rid your skin’s surface of its summer damage, we recommend you keep them away from your face. They can cause irritation and harm at a time when it's already vulnerable.

Product Recommendations: Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

Re-Hydrate

The sun has a way of zapping essential moisture from our bodies and it’s important to recharge with a hydrating solution in the form of a moisturizer or serum. But don't just slap any old cream on your delicate mug, especially if you’re suffering from a sunburn that has left your skin irritated and inflamed! Go for a product that will regenerate cells, replenish moisture, calm and rebalance your skin.

Product Recommendations: L’Oreal Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Daily Serum; Vichy Nutrilogie 2; SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair

Repair

Lastly, if time in the sun has caused hyperpigmentation (patches of skin darkening) try a brightening serum to even out your skin tone. It might take some time for the skin to even out, but the wait is worth it! 

Product Recommendations: SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, La Roche-Posay Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Protect

Just because Fall is almost upon us, doesn’t mean our sun worries are over. You must keep your skin protected from further damage all year long, rain or shine. Keep a strong SPF handy and apply to your lovely face at least twice a day.

Product Recommendations: Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+, Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

What’s your secret to reviving your summer skin? Let us know in the comments below. 

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