Side effects from too much sin, heat, humidity, salt water, and chlorine can out a damper on the last golden days of summer. Here, quick fixes, plus easy changes to make throughout the fall


The problem: Dryness, Wrinkles

“Salt water, air conditioning, and chlorine all strip of its protective lipids, allowing its natural moisture to evaporate faster,” says Annet King of Dermalogica. Wrinkles and fine lines seen deeper on dehydrated skin so you may notice that you look drier and older.

Description: Wrinkles and fine lines seen deeper on dehydrated skin so you may notice that you look drier and older

Wrinkles and fine lines seen deeper on dehydrated skin so you may notice that you look drier and older

Quick fix: Face

Mask it: “Unlike moisturizers, which sit on top of skin, masks are designed to quickly penetrate skin,” says King. They contain fewer fillers and higher levels of active ingredients, so you get a good dose of hydration, fast. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture. Try: L’Occitance Angelica Instant Hydration Mask ($35, usa.loccitane.com; 3). Use twice weekly for one to two weeks, then any time your skin feels parched.

Quick fix: Body

Seal it in: “A lotion with dimethicone keeps moisture in,” says Deirdre Hooper, M.D., a dermatologist in New Orleans. “It’s not oil-based, so it won’t feel greasy, making it nice for those still-hot days in early fall.” Use post-shower while skin is damp, to lock in hydration. We like: Jergens Soothing Aloe Moisutizer ($5, drugstores; 2).

Long-term solution

Amp up moisture: Use a cleanser with ceramides, which help restore stripped skin and stop moisture loss as temperatures drop, says Dr. Hooper. Try: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($12, drugstores). And switch to a heavier night cream to keep skin hydrated. Look for one rich in vitamins and plant-based oils for an additional antioxidant and anti-aging noost. We like: Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream ($14, drugstores; 1), with vitamins B and E and olive oil.

Description: L’Occitance Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

L’Occitance Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

The problem; Spots

It’s not just a lobster-red burn that indicates sun damage. Even the slightest tan is a sign of overexposure. “Within seconds of the sun’s UV rays’ hitting your skin, pigment-producing cells go into overdrive,” says King. That’s why your once porcelain complexion may look freckled and uneven come September.

Quick fix

Exfoliate daily: You can’t instantly eradicate hyperpigmentation, but sloughing is a start. It removes the top layer of discolored skin, lightening spots and allowing active ingredients to penetrate more easily. Kick-start your routine by exfoliating every day for a week; then cut back to one or two weekly sessions: “Sun exposure thickens the top layer of skin, so it can handle it. Just choose an exfoliator labeled for daily use,” King says. One option: Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser ($6, drugstores; 4). Or, try a weekly at-home peel. “Pick one with alpha-hydroxy acids, which break down areas of surface pigment and help remove the layer of discolored skin,” says Dr. Hooper. Try: Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer ($58, Sephora; 5). Continuc to use daily sun protection, since any sun exposure will thwart your spot-clearing attempts

Long-term solution

Lighten up: “Sun-induced discoloration is easier to reverse than the kind caused by hormonal changes,” says King. “But it develops in the deepest part of the skin, so it takes at least 10 weeks to see results.’ Use a brightening serum, which is concentrated to deliver a high level of active ingredients; King suggests one with lighteners like niacinamide and vitamin C. Apply in the morning (under sunscreen) and evening. One option: L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Serum Corrector ($25, drugstores; 6), which contains both brighteners. Continue treatment year-round to keep new spots from forming.

Description: Its microbeads gently slough skin

Its microbeads gently slough skin

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