Did all the fun in the sun leave you with dark spots, rough patches, and split ends? Here, best-in-class formulas and tools to smooth, hydrate, and repair when you’ve been scorched by summer.
Written by PATTY TORTOLANI
Photography by GUY AROCH
Creative Direction by VICEN AKINA
Makeup by LAURE DANSOU
Hair by HOLLY MILLS
Styling by COCO CASSIBBA
Nails by HOLLY FALCONE
The tan line. Does a sexier sin exist? A lingering reminder of steamy summer days. The favorite accessory of Tom Ford-era Gucci. Conspicuous proof of sublime holidays by the sea. But enough romanticizing. Because, in the end, tan lines (like freckles and sun-bleached highlights) are nothing more than visible damage. And the sultriness they imbue is as fleeting as a Sardinian sunset.
If there’s one thing we don’t mind repeating ad infinitum, it’s the importance of SPF and sun protective clothing. That said, damage from UV rays inevitably happens. Long-term effects of unprotected (or not properly protected) exposure to UVA rays include fine lines, wrinkles, increased pore size, loss of elasticity, and unwanted pigment. Exposure to UVB rays could lead to something as severe as skin cancer, so it’s important to see a dermatologist for an annual skin check. Other causes of dull post-summer skin include swimming in chlorine or salt water, disrupting the skin barrier, and the moisture-sapping effects of air travel.
Our skin isn’t alone in the suffering. “Hair can burn, just like skin; we simply can’t feel it,” explains Anabel Kingsley, trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) at New York’s Philip Kingsley Clinic. “UV rays oxidize strands and weaken their protein structure.” That means prolonged sun exposure can cause hair to lose shine, develop a rougher, drier texture, lose elasticity and become more porous and prone to breakage and split ends.
As we look forward to trading in our tanks for our tweeds, we also find ourselves left to repair some of the more unsightly remnants of all that fun in the sun. Luckily, our VIOLET CODE APPROVED solutions are indeed as appealing as the culprit.
Just like the gut, the skin has its own unique ecosystem that impacts how it functions. This scientifically-advanced cleanser defends against environmental stressors to prevent disruption of the microbiome and keep it in balance for a hydrated and glowing complexion.
The skin saver himself, Augustinus Bader, created this extra-lush cream specifically for dry, fragile, inflamed skin. Alongside the brand’s famous regenerative technology TFC8®, this rich treatment supports the skin’s healing process, fortifies the moisture barrier, protects, and calms redness and irritation.
If you’ve had some of those summer sun spots lasered or decided to address some sagging with a little filler, renowned dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Rogers, created this kit to provide everything you need for healing skin, plus exclusive instructions on how to maximize results and minimize downtime.
Chock-full of ingredients that we would typically see in skin care, starting with the brand’s patented cocktail of amino acids and vitamins, this weightless hair serum harnesses the powers of vitamin E, baobab oil, biotin, argan oil, and more to smooth, soften and prevent breakage.