Labor Day weekend means the party that was summer 2015 is about to come to an end (booo!). Whatever your plans involve, here’s what you can do upon your return to get your tired and depleted hair, skin, and nails looking gorgeous again in time for fall.


The damage: We can hardly remember the days before applying sunscreen was a crucial part of our daily routine, yet lots of us still forget to protect our hair from the drying effects of the sun (using a hat and/or UV-protective products). Thus, there’s a whole lot of dullness, breakage and split ends going on right about now.
The rehab: First things first: Get a good trim to remove beyond-repair dried-out ends. Then splurge on a great hair-reviving mask and leave-in treatment, which will help bring moisture back into your strands. Our pick: the new Kerastase Resistance Therapiste collection, which was developed specifically for severely damaged hair (and over-processed strands, for those of you who hit the bleach this summer). A newly developed compound repairs damaged hair fibers, returning their smoothness and shine.


The damage: As summer winds down, even diligent sunscreen wearers can experience discoloration and spots, most likely due to not applying or reapplying enough and/or not using a broad-spectrum formula (one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays).

The rehab: Since there are many discoloration-fighting skin care products to choose from these days, focus on proven ingredients. “In addition to Vitamin C, niacinamide and kojic acid are also great ingredients that can help to break up and lighten pigmented spots,” says New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., who suggests layering multiple products and ingredients to reverse sun damage at night and prevent it by day. For example: In the morning, apply Elizabeth Arden SuperStart Skin Booster. Then layer a serum—like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, which contains Vitamin C—under your sunscreen (try Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50). At night, use a targeted spot-treatment, like NuGene Light and Bright Gel. “It features adipose-derived stem cells combined with niacinamide and kojic acid to quickly reduce the look of dark spots and excess pigmentation,” Engelman says.


The damage: Dealing with lots of breakage and peeling? When you’re in and out of water all summer long—especially chlorinated swimming pools—your nails can grow dry and brittle. Repeatedly going from wet to dry causes moisture loss, and on top of that, chlorine is highly drying and irritating. Once your cuticles get damaged, this can lead to nails growing in even weaker.
The rehab: “Moisturize your nails and cuticles with a nutrient-rich cream, oil, or emollient, and then apply—right on top—a protective base coat specifically designed for sensitive nails,” suggests dermatologist and nail specialist Chris Adigun, M.D., in Chapel Hill, N.C. She recommends choosing a brand that’s “five-free,” to reduce the chance of irritation. If your cuticles are dry and ragged, do this at night and then top with cotton gloves to enhance the hydrating effects, and reapply your moisturizer many times daily, especially after washing hands.