Brighten Up Post-Summer Skin With Some of Our Favorites

If you spent a majority of your summer soaking in the sun, then you're probably in need of a little skincare rehab. Whether you're feeling a little parched or you're noticing darkened freckles or sun spots, it may be time to treat it to some hydrating and brightening skin care products to get it back in shape. Check out some of our favorite post-summer (and year-round) skincare products.

Any cleanser that offers some type of exfoliation will not only brighten up your skin, but will make it smoother as well. We love Murad's AHA/BHA cleanser because it contains a blend of Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic acids that almost instantly revive your skin from dullness. It doesn't cause irritation and improves cellular turnover for younger-looking skin. If you'd like a multitasking cleanser, pick up Rodial's Glamtox Cleanser. This customer favorite removes makeup, cleanses the skin and even acts as a brightening mask. Vitamin C, Jojoba, Almond and Wheat Germ Oils brighten and nourish dull, dry skin. 

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Using a brightening mask will also give your skin a much-needed glow. You can never go wrong with Tata Harper's award-winning Resurfacing Mask. This mask gives you instant results with ingredients like Pomegranate Enzymes, White Willow and French Pink Clay. Dead skin is buffed away, pores are minimized and your skin is left glowing. For an intense overnight treatment, try Peter Thomas Roth's Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleep Mask.  Fans of superfruits will love the powerful Camu Camu Berry, as it delivers 30 times more vitamin C per ounce than a regular orange. Other ingredients like Avocado Oil, Squalane, as well as a blend of peptides work to keep your skin moisturized and youthful.

Treatments also play a vital role in getting your skin back in shape. If you're noticing dark spots from too much fun in the sun, Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum works quickly to fade and prevent dark spots that can add years to your skin. Hydroquinone help dark spots, while Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells. Hexapeptide-2 reduces the appearance of over-pigmentation for a healthy-looking complexion. Perricone MD's Vitamin C Ester 15 not only helps reverse sun damage, but helps boost collagen product, making skin look smoother and tighter than before. Anyone who needs a firming boost will love this treatment.



Liz Cabrera


Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest. 

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