Beauty: Summer Skin Savers

July 5 2012, 11:00 AM

Spring was plenty warm, but the heat is officially on as summer kicks into high gear. With temperatures steadily climbing past the 90-degree mark, everything from sunburn to perspiration can cause skin to act up. So, here's a short list of face-savers to help with unpleasant hot weather side effects.

I was a bit of a skeptic when I first tried the S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask by Grand Central Beauty (pictured, left); I'm not really a fan of peel-off masks, and the beauty claims—Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness Reducing, and Tones (S.M.A.R.T.)—seemed like a little too neat of an acronymn to be legit. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the results: The mask felt cooling when applied and my skin felt hydrated, firm, and soothed—all with zero irritation. A perfect treatment for post-sunburn skin, too.

FIND IT: $75, grandcentralbeauty.com

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If you’re still using your heavy winter moisturizer, it may be time for a change. The antioxidant-packed Nourishing Lite Day Cream by Snowberrya high-performance, anti-aging line from New Zealand that recently launched stateside—is lightweight yet hydrating (pictured, above). I like the fragrance-free formula and the cream’s rich feel.

FIND IT: $44 (0.5 fl. oz.) or $95 (1.7 fl. oz.), beautybar.com and dermstore.com 

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If your skin is already sun damaged, repair it with Elemental Herbology’s Lighten & Brighten (pictured, right). Used like a serum (apply under your moisturizer), it helps to lighten dark spots, promote a glowing complexion, and balance overall skin tone.

FIND IT: $79, elementalherbologyus.com 

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I always love stopping in at Apothecary Tinctura because it reminds me so much of a European-style pharmacy. The shop's all-natural, gently scented Hydrasols work just like a toner and are a great way to soothe or refresh your skin during the summer months. Available in a variety of scents including rose, lavender, rosemary, and chamomile, you can even drink them as a therapeutic tonic or add them to your favorite cocktail.  

FIND IT: $10 (4 oz.) or $16.50 (8 oz.), 2900 E. Sixth Ave., 303-399-1175, apothecarytinctura.com