If you’re like us, when on vacation you set your OOO, let down your hair and throw caution to the wind. Indulging, imbibing, sun bathing, skinny dipping, and late night sleepless adventures round out the season’s escapades. But once it’s all said and done, your sun damaged skin may need some repair and your body a little detoxing (one too many glasses of rose?). Read on below for our top picks to repair damaged skin, fade away summer freckles, smooth weathered texture, and bring dry strands back to life. And once done figuring out a skin repair game plan, check out these detox salads made with sweet and sour carrot slaw and roasted rosemary almonds to beat the bloat and have you (almost) ready to face those work emails.
For Fading Dark Spots
If you want your brightening products to work, removing dead surface cells on the regular is a must. January Labs Glow & Go Power Peel Exfoliant is our current fave enzymatic and self-regulating (meaning it stops exfoliating once it reaches healthy skin cells) peel. It’s gentle enough for daily use and we love the tingling cinnamon oil that oxygenates surface cells by bringing new blood to the skin’s surface.
And follow up with Lancer Fade Serum Intense Brightening Complex. It lightened our most stubborn spots! This lightweight serum uses sugar cane extract (a natural alternative to glycolic acid making it perfect for reactive, sensitive skin types) and a proprietary blend of pigment fading red algae and licorice root extract.
For Soothing Redness & Inflammation
Glo Therapeutics Cucumber Recovery Mask is our go-to for calming inflamed, sun damaged skin. Soothing cucumber and anti-inflammatory antioxidants, like Indian Senna and Moringa Seed Extract reduce redness and stimulate healing. But if you really overdid it in the sun and need to be presentable ASAP, we suggest a few drops of Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops. The microalgae corrects and covers blotchiness, while Alguronic Acid’s anti-aging benefits nourish worn skin.
For Smoothing Rough Texture
Read: sensitive skin girls this is not for you, everyone else keep reading. Okay, now that that’s out of the way. If large pores and rough texture give you pause each morning, then the Lancer Retexturing Treatment is the cure for your ails. Made with 10% glycolic acid to speed cell turnover, this exfoliating treatment will reveal light reflecting, smooth, reborn skin, so long as you can handle its intensity.
Eye & Lip Repair
If your summer vacay included a few late nights, salty foods and lots of cocktails, unfortunately, it all adds up to dark under eye circles and dehydrated skin around the eyes and mouth. We recommend reaching for Darphin Beauty Revealing Eye and Lip Contour Cream. A few dabs around the eyes, lips, laugh lines and puffiness is decreased, fine lines are smoothed, and dark circles barely visible.
Rehydrating Dry Gams & Strands
It didn’t take us very long to realize that Maya Chia The Revitalizer Beautifying Supercritical Body Oil is the best body oil (and overall moisturizer, including lotions and creams) we have ever used. Big statement, we know. But this product not only hydrated our sun damaged skin, it actually improved it with continued use. Be prepared for “wow, your skin is so soft!” – a lot.
And last, but never least hair care. Your strands take a beating during summer months – sand, salt, and sun. So rejuvenate your mane with the luxurious Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender. This formula contains rich oils, Vitamin E to treat the scalp, and the ability to penetrate the hair shaft without altering or removing artificial color pigments. We love the balm texture of this oil great for spot treating the scalp or ends depending on your needs.
-by Amy Chang
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