Post-Summer Skin and Hair Rehab
Honey: A Natural Skin Soother
Even the most diligent SPF-wearers among us have some unprotected summer sun moments. And come fall we pay the price with redness, brown spots, fine lines and moisture loss. Try one of our favorite super-hydrating home remedies: For dry skin, add a little bit of 100% pure honey (just the size of a pea) to your regular moisturizer. Turns out the natural nectar is a humectant—great for giving your regular lotion a boost—and also antimicrobial. An easy alternative is a moisturizer that lists honey as the main ingredient, such as Mario Badescu Honey Moisturizer.
Exfoliate to Soften Skin
It may seem counterintuitive to use a scrub on sun-damaged skin, but it's actually the first thing you should do, says Ariel Ostad, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. To maximize your moisturizer you've got to shed that dead layer so products absorb deeper into skin. Derms suggest using a mixture with small grains, which are less irritating. We like Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Body Scrub. Rough areas (think elbows and knees) can handle a more intense salt-based scrub.
Hydrate Hair with a Deep Conditioner
You really can't over-condition hair after a summer's worth of sun, salt and chlorine, says celeb hair guru Dickey, who has styled Sarah Jessica Parker and Alicia Keys. Load up on conditioners that hydrate with coconut or olive oil, or shea butter. If you have the time, leave on for at least five minutes. No need to worry—your hair will absorb only what it needs. Just rinse thoroughly. You can make your own version of a popular treatment from the Hair Rules Salon in NYC: Combine equal parts pure jojoba oil (similar to the oil our hair naturally produces, Dickey says) with avocado or olive oil, and a dollop of a deep conditioner. Work through hair, wait about 20 minutes, then rinse. The combo will replenish, moisturize, soften and decrease frizz.
Post-Summer Product Picks for Glowing Skin and Healthy Hair
Mend Split Ends
Keep strands in shape with Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Professional Level Damage Repair Ampoules.
Available at drugstores, $8.
Up the Ante with Antioxidants
Vichy Aqualia Antiox Pro-Youth Antioxidant 24Hr Hydrating Fluid SPF 12 jump-starts skin clarity and provides sun protection too.
Condition, Condition, Condition
Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle Treatment packs a powerful—and quick—punch.
Available at drugstores, $3.
Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub contains soy extracts and microbeads to reveal an even, radiant complexion.
Available at drugstores, $7.
Lighten Dark Spots
With its proven raspberry and bilberry extracts, Clarins Bright Plus HP On-the-Spot Brightening Corrector fades discoloration wherever it appears.
Roc Multi Correxion 4-Zone Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 is a hero product for all the age indicators—wrinkles, discoloration and uneven texture.
Available at drugstores, $19.
Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.