How to refresh your complexion after a summer of fun in the sun.

By Dori Price • Photography Yasu + Junko


Peels are a great way to get rid of dead skin cells and sun damage, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Look for pads or liquid versions with a combination of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like glycolic and lactic acids, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), such as salicylic acid. Together they exfoliate, brighten, unclog pores and reduce breakouts. Zeichner suggests using a peel once a week before bed.

Product Picks

M-61 PowerGlow Peel Pads,, $28/10 pads

Philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel Pads,, $70/12 pads

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, sephora .com, $88/30 treatments

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads,, $40/60 pads

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial,, $80

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel,, $40


Masks alleviate some of the biggest sun and sweat-induced struggles: dark spots and clogged pores. A brightening mask with vitamin C boosts a dull complexion and fades discoloration. To remove impurities, dirt and product buildup, try a detoxifying mask with charcoal or clay, says Francesca Fusco, dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in NYC.

Product Picks

1. OleHenriksen Moment of Truth 2-in-1 Polishing Sugar Mask,, $42

2. PCA Skin Purifying Mask,, $58

3. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Single Use DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask, drugstores, $3

4. Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Hibiscus + Vitamin C Overnight Mask,, $9

5. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask,, $62

6. Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask,, $54


Boosters are highly concentrated and add a little extra punch to your skin care routine, says Zeichner. As the weather transitions, most skin types benefit from additional hydration and plumping. Fusco suggests boosters with hyaluronic acid—it acts as a moisture magnet by pulling water from the air and into skin.

A little goes a long way here: Just add a few drops to your daily moisturizer and gently press into skin.

Product Picks

H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Booster (shown),, $38

Vichy Minéral 89, drugstores, $29.50

Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster,, $46

Glossier Super Bounce,, $28

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster,, $59