Correct Your Summer Beauty Sins
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Frizzy hair, scaly legs, and cracking feet? We asked dermatologist Jeannette Graf and manicurist Sheril Baily for their time-tested secrets to repair summer's damage.
2. Going for Sun-Kissed Strands
"The sun dries out the hair shaft, which means frizzy, strawlike texture,” says dermatologist Jeanette Graf. A weekly deep-conditioning treatment like Biolage fortetherapie Intensive Strengthening Masque ($16, matrix.com) rebuilds broken strands. "Do it once every other day until you start noticing improvement," she says.
3. Lounging (and Lounging) in the Pool
"The pigments in hair dye oxidize much faster when exposed to UV rays and chlorine-which means your color fades quickly,” explains Graf. Add Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops ($40, ulta.com) to your conditioner for a dye-free, color perk. The drops are available in six shades, plus they’re packed with nourishing soy proteins and conditioning agents.
4. Skimping on Moisturizer
Is your skin about as luminous as a paper bag? “In the summer, pores get clogged with dry, dead cells,” says Graf. To purge them, she recommends an exfoliating treatment like Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Mini-Peel ($17.99, drugstore.com) which simultaneously warms skin and sloughs away debris with mirco-crystals.
5. Skipping Your Cleansing Regime
"Algae masks will pull out impurities that might be causing breakouts, plus they stimulate micro-circulation for a nice glow,” says Graf. AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Mud ($28, ahavaus.com) is a thick, creamy clay full of Dunaliella algae, beta-carotene, and essential oils. (Plus, we love the handy individual packets.)
6. Deep-Sixing Your Sunscreen
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you can start skimping. "Your daily moisturizer should be at least SPF 15-and aim for one with antioxidants, too," says Graf. Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50, clinique.com) offers broad spectrum protection plus vitamin E, ferulic acid, and caffeine, which boost the sunscreen's effectiveness, and may repair damage that's already been done.
7. Ignoring Existing Damage
Just because you can't see sun damage, doesn't mean it's not there. “Look for products with retinol, which is the grand-master ingredient for enhancing elasticity and renewing skin,” says Graf. She likes RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler, ($21.99, drugstore.com), which has a blend of retinol and hyaluronic acid, and a light, fresh smell.
8. Skipping the Loofah
With summer comes sweating, which often leads to backne. "A chemical peel is the best way to deeply cleanse hard to reach places," says Graf. (Formulas with benzoyl peroxide will bleach clothes.) Try a thin layer of Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Peel ($21.99, ulta.com), a tingly, glycolic peel that leaves skin clear and soft.
9. Ditching Body Cream
Greasy lotions aren't enough to treat seriously parched skin. "You want the creamiest, most luxurious moisturizer you can find-and plan on using it twice a day to make up for lost time," says Graf. Look for ones with petrolatum, shea butter, or cocoa butter like Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm ($42, kiehls.com).
10. Sunbathing (Even with SPF!)
Slathering on moisturizer isn't the only solution for flaky legs. "All that sun has left tons of dead skin on your body that needs to be removed," says Graf. Try Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub ($36, sephora.com), which has a spicy scent, and a creamy, gentle texture.
11. Wearing Flip-Flops...Exclusively
Your feet may feel good in sandals, but we can guarantee after a summer of beating the streets, they don't look so hot. Soften hardened areas with an Epsom salt soak, then apply a cream with urea, a deep moisturizer. Celebrity manicurist Sheril Bailey swears by Kerasal One Step Exfoliating Moisturizer Therapy ($9.99, drugstore.com): "It doesn't slip off the foot like most lotions," she says.