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Skin-care 101: How to Repair Your Skin After a Hot Summer

A long summer exposed to the sun and heat can cause dry, congested and sun-damaged skin. Here’s how to undo that wear and tear with the right skin-care routine.

Summer is all about being outside. You go to the beach, head to the park, hang out by the pool and play outdoor sports, maximizing the warm weather that never seems to stick around long enough. But all that fun in the sun can take a toll on your skin. Sun-damaged skin, of course, is the number one threat, and even the most diligent sunscreen wearer can still end up with a sunburn. And applying sunscreen on your face can clog your pores, too, so even if you avoid a burn, you still might be left with a bit of congested facial skin. High temperatures might mean you’re sweating more than usual, and that can further clog your pores if you’re not quick to wash your face after a game or a workout. If you seek relief from the heat by heading indoors where it’s air conditioned, your skin might also be dry and dehydrated. No one wants you to stop doing what you love in the summer, so here are the best skin-care products regimens for whatever ails your skin this summer.

Skin-care routine and treatment for congested skin

The number one thing to do after a long summer day is remove your sunscreen, which can be stubborn, so the best way to do that is by double cleansing. That means you’ll wash your face twice with two different skin-care products: The first cleanse will remove your sunscreen and the second will remove any dirt, impurities and dead skin cells sitting below the sunscreen. For your first cleanse, choose something that will absorb sunscreen, like an oil-based cleanser or a micellar cleansing water.

For your second cleanse, you can repeat with the same cleanser, or go with physical or chemical exfoliation for your skin. best skin-care products for that will be formulated with sugars and acids, like alpha hydroxy acids or glycolic acid. Anytime you wear sunscreen (which should be every day), use this double-cleansing routine to ensure you remove it all before you go to bed and follow it with a light, hydrating moisturizer. If you feel you need an even deeper cleanse, opt for a clay-based mask that will help purify your pores even more.

How to treat sun-damaged skin

You might have been super-careful this summer, reapplying your sunscreen every four hours and after every dip in the pool, but even the best of us can get sunburnt skin. If you are suffering from a sunburnt face, it’ll need help healing. Choose ultra-hydrating sunburn treatments to get the job done, and be sure to wear sunscreen next time you head outside, possibly with a higher SPF.

When your skin has recovered from the initial burn and summer is wrapping up, you might notice residual damage in the form of hyperpigmentation, more defined wrinkles and general dullness. If you’re not sure how to repair sun-damaged skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal line, which can help you recover. These skin products are formulated with ingredients to brighten your complexion and leave you with a more even skin tone.

Start with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Cleanser & Toner; the gentle micro pearls will slough away dead skin. Follow that with L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Day Moisturizer SPF 30. It will hydrate your skin, add even more radiance thanks to vitamin C, and keep you protected and prevent further sun-damage skin. At night, use L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Night Moisturizer – our best night cream for flawless skin and minimized dark spots and wrinkles. For even more exfoliation, try Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads, formulated with glycolic acid to dissolve impurities and combat dullness. Use the pads once a week between cleansing and moisturizing, and be sure to use that SPF 30 before more sun exposure, too.

How to repair dry skin

When a heat wave hits, there is no better feeling than sitting beneath a blasting air-conditioning unit. But all that blowing cold air can really dehydrate your skin, especially if you’re stuck in a place with the AC cranked up all day. Finding a skin-care routine that can help combat the dryness that sets and repair dry skin in is important, and the most obvious product is a lightweight moisturizer for daytime. Choose one formulated with hyaluronic acid for the ultimate hydration, and layer on an SPF once it’s had a chance to absorb. In the evening, you can opt for a richer moisturizer.

You need to find a good moisturizer for dry skin, but if it isn’t absorbing as well as it should be, you might want to add an extra step to your skin-care routine to better prep your face. Removing dirt and dead skin cells is the place to start, but you need to find the right physical or chemical exfoliation product that won’t further dry out your skin. L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Coffee Scrub for Rough Skin not only smooths with finely ground Kona coffee and sugars that melt into your skin but its coconut and sweet almond oil nourish and treat dryness.

Use it to exfoliate your face two or three times a week, and your end-of-summer skin will be hydrated and glowing.

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