Summer is the season you wait all year for. But once it arrives, it can wreak havoc on your skin and hair.
The sun can damage your hair by fading its color and/or lightening your highlights. Preserve the health of your hair by applying a styling product that contains sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat as much as possible. Slather on a leave-in hair conditioner before you hit the beach or pool to keep hair from becoming brittle and dry. If you’re a blonde (natural or otherwise), be sure to remove any chlorine residue with a clarifying shampoo to prevent that telltale greenish tinge. High humidity may make it impossible to avoid frizzy hair, so work with the weather now instead of against it. Tie your hair back as much as possible or define and separate your curls with a rich, leave-in conditioner.
Heat and humidity are prime causes of oily skin and resulting breakouts. Switch to a gel-based moisturizer if you are prone to acne, and keep your toner in the refrigerator for a refreshing burst of coolness when the temperature is rising.
Swimming and other outdoor activities can leave your skin vulnerable to sun damage. For the best protection, apply a wide-spectrum sunscreen every two hours with an SPF of at least 15. Look for one that contains "Parsol 1789," which protects your skin against both harmful types or rays—UVA and UVB. Remember, there’s no such thing as a safe tan!
Fall is a time for recovery. Your skin and hair probably suffered some damage from the summer elements and need time to recuperate.
This is the perfect time for a new haircut to remove any damaged ends, and new color or highlights to correct any brassiness from the sun.
This change of seasons is a perfect time to get a fresh start for the coming months, so consider a professional facial. You can also improve the texture of the skin (but save money) by using a mask at home. Look for products that contain honey and oatmeal for moisturizing or charcoal and clay if your skin is oily.