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A Primer on Summer Skin Repair

If a season of summer fun has left your skin looking less than lustrous, don't despair. Experts say it's easy to look fabulous fast. This is the second of a two-part series.

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To cope with very dark freckles and age spots, Rapaport tells WebMD prescription skin lighteners like TriLuma work best. Otherwise, she says, simply staying out of the sun and using a sunscreen every time you go outdoors will do the trick.

"Often, this will help sun-induced freckles and some discolorations to fade on their own," says Rapaport.

Like the body, the skin on your face can also quickly dehydrate in summer, leaving your skin looking not just dry, but also more wrinkled and older. While experts say this causes many women to turn to face peels at summer's end, this could be a big mistake.

"After summer, many women they think they can just strip their skin and start fresh. But after all the environmental assaults of the summer season, a face peel is much too harsh and can open you up for many more problems," says Ortega.

The best course of treatment, she says, is to steam the skin lightly, then use a gentle exfoliating product (like a mild alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid or a sugar scrub) followed by a hydrating. As a final step, she says skip the creams and lotions and slather on a skin serum designed to rehydrate cells.

"Serums generally absorb faster and penetrate deeper than a cream or lotion, so they're best if your skin is really in need of moisture," says Ortega.

If your face or body has sustained any serious sun damage, particularly a sunburn, Asquith says products containing vitamin C, particularly serums, can help overcome some of the damage to your cells. Studies show that this, in turn, may also help reduce your risk of skin cancer later in life.

In addition, if your skin has suffered a sunburn, research shows that properties found in green tea may also help neutralize some of the damage as well as help your damaged skin heal more quickly.

Colette Bouchez is the author of Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be.

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