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There is a lot to love about summer: dream vacations, long days spent soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach, warm nights, and delicious food. But as with any good time, what comes next is not always as enjoyable (hello, hangover). Since we won’t be sacrificing our fun in the sun, VIOLET GREY’s experts have curated a selection of tools and treatments to soothe, revitalize, and renew so that you can move towards autumn sporting your best skin ever.

The summer heat, plus increased sun exposure and constant air conditioning can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of skins, which is why you might be finding your skin feeling dehydrated this time of year. Luckily, hyaluronic acid, a hero ingredient no matter the season, is especially useful to treat parched skin. Naturally occurring in the body, it holds 1,000x its weight in water and won’t clog pores for those with oily skin. Opt for serums loaded with the stuff, like Revive’s Moisturizing Renewal Hydrogel, which cools and refreshes skin with it’s gel-like texture, and soothes redness with a calming blend of oils.

For a hyaluronic-acid-packed serum that also stimulates the skin’s own renewal process, reach for The Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum from Victoria Beckham and Augustinus Bader. This clean-beauty innovation hydrates deeply while repairing skin on the cellular level and defending against both environmental stressors and blue light damage.

While serums and moisturizers work to keep our skin hydrated and healthy on a daily basis, sometimes we need an extra boost, particularly if we have spent a little too long in the sun. Masks serve up an extra-large helping of beneficial ingredients, and provide the added perk of instant gratification. For skin that is dry and irritated, Eau Thermale Avène’s Soothing Radiance Mask immediately calms and quenches with their signature thermal water. Safflower oil brightens and soothes, while vitamins and lipids restore healthy barrier function. For best results, apply a thick layer one to two times per week, and watch skin bounce back.

If dull skin is bringing you down, MZ Skin’s Vitamin-Infused Meso Face Mask will be the perfect pick-me-up. Bursting with fast-acting, powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump fine lines, vitamin C and licorice root to brighten, reduce dark spots, and improve texture, and aloe leaf and vitamin E to calm redness, this sheet mask will bring you back to life after a day of sand and surf.

With more skin showing, and therefore more exposed to the elements, summer can take a toll on more than just faces. Our bodies, too, need some extra TLC during these months. To replenish lost moisture and fight signs of aging caused by the sun (read: dark spots, sagging, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity), reach for the cult-favorite The Body Cream from skin care legend Augustinus Bader. His famous TFC8 complex promotes healthy skin function and repair, while nourishing shea butter softens. Did we mention it also reduces texture and stretch marks?

Not to worry, device fans-Dr. Dennis Gross offers his innovative LED technology that VIOLET GREY STAFFERS and shoppers swear by for the face, for the body as well. The DRX Spectralite™ BodyWare Pro is designed to treat everywhere from the neck to the thighs with its flexible silicone construction. Red and blue LED lights work on acne, redness, dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging, so sit back and relax while you revive your skin before heading into a new season.