Revive Summer-Stunned Skin

We're all about spending more time outside, but with all that fresh-air comes increased sun exposure, dehydrating plane rides, and long nights out—all of which can negatively impact your complexion. Here, learn how to destress your skin after those long vacations and weekend excursions by following the three Ds of restoration: detoxify, decompress, and defend.

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It's finally officially summer, and chances are your pores are already clogged, thanks to days spent sweating in the heat, or those few nights when you accidentally went to bed without washing your face. Deep-clean your skin with decongesting treatments that will penetrate pores and give your sun-kissed face its glow back.

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Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser, $18,
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Incorporate an oil-fighting cleanser into your regular mix if you haven't already—this one strips irritants with the help of yucca root extract, and treats with soothing chamomile.   

Herbal Blemish Stick, $8,
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Heal blemishes with the powers of willow bark, tea tree oil, and juniper oil. Just dab a bit of this formula on individual spots post-cleanse.  

Phytocell Detox Mask, $50,

This mask, which should be used a couple of times a week, is loaded with ingredients such as French green clay, grape stem cells, kombucha, and seaweed that gently extract impurities from the skin.

Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask by Dr. Jart+, $8,
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Charcoal is commonly found in detoxifying formulas—in this Dr. Jart+ item, the ingredient works with spearmint to purify and tighten pores. Apply this sheet mask to your skin while you decide which vacation photos to Instagram.  

Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, $10,

Throughout the day, blot off excess oil with these thin sheets that include black bamboo charcoal (yes, that again) to absorb oil and refresh skin.


Summer is also a time when skin can lose its natural oils and become dull. That means you may suffer from dark, puffy eyes (#nosleeptilletc), dehydrated skin, and redness. Treat skin with calming ingredients that will moisturize and restore suppleness.

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All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, $30,
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Caffeine and antioxidants work together to deflate and revive bloated and dull skin. Rub this cooling formula under your eyes in the morning and at night.   

Oatifix Fresh Face Mask, $8, a local Lush store.

After using an exfoliating mask, regain lost moisture with oatmeal and bananas. (Pro tip: store this mask in the refrigerator for a cool, extra-calming experience.)

Raw Sauce by May Coop, $43,
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This Korean beauty favorite is made with maple-tree sap and fructan (which is found in garlic, onions, and artichokes) to keep skin fresh and hydrated. Apply with your hands or a cotton swab at night.

Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost, $39,

Tarte's gel moisturizer is light enough to wear day and night, but it's ultra-hydrating, so you won't have to layer it with another cream or lotion.


Once your skin has been repaired after an eventful summer, you should incorporate new products into your regimen that will help to protect it from future damage.

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Take a Deep Breath SPF 30 by Philosophy, $36,

Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF that provides broad spectrum (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) coverage. This should go on every single day, of course!

Truth Serum Collagen Booster, $72,

A serum rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants is perfect for keeping signs of aging at bay—it also invigorates skin, making it appear bright and fresh. Apply this in the morning and you'll glow all day long. 

Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, $48,

Help your skin regenerate overnight by applying a night balm, like Farmacy's, which hydrates and replenishes nutrients via the antioxidant-rich acmella herb and sunflower oil.

Share this with the friends you want to go on a sunny vacation with!

From: Seventeen
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