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Skincare 101: How to Repair Your Skin After a Hot Summer

A long summer exposing your skin to sun and heat can cause dryness, damage and congestion. Here’s how to undo that wear and tear with the right skincare and the right 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 damage, of course, is the number one threat, and even the most diligent sunscreen wearer can still end up with a sunburn. And applying sunscreen can clog your pores, too, so even if you avoid a burn, you still might be left with a bit of congestion on your face. 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 skincare regimens for whatever ails your skin this summer.

Skincare routine 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 skincare 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 water.

For your second cleanse, you can repeat with the same cleanser, or go with something that will physically and chemically exfoliate your skin. The best skincare 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.

Skincare routine for 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 burns happen to the best of us. If your face is suffering from a sunburn, it’ll need help healing. Choose ultra-hydrating skin 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, which the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal line can help you recover from. These skin products are formulated with ingredients to brighten your complexion and leave you with a more even skin tone.

Start with theL’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Cleanser & Tonerthe 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 from further sun damage. At night, use L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Night Moisturizer 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.

Skincare routine for 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 skincare routine that can help combat the dryness that sets 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.

If you find that your moisturizer isn’t absorbing as well as it should be, you might need to add an extra step to your skincare regimen to better prep your face. Removing dirt and dead skin cells is the place to start, but you need to find an exfoliant that won’t further dry out your skin.

 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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