Photo Credit: Erno Laszlo
Seasonal changes take more of a toll on your skin than you probably realize. Depending on the climate in which you live, your skin has to adapt to summer dry or humidity, along with salt water, chlorine and sunshine. While wearing sunscreen is the single best protective measure you can take during the summer months, there are many fantastic ways to get your summer skin ready for Fall.
As Labor Day comes and goes, and we’re faced with seasonal changes, I like to up my exfoliating routine. By this point, I’ve spent lots of time in the ocean and have quite a bit of dry skin. For your body, it’s easy to use the same exfoliant that you’ve been (hopefully) using on your bikini line through the summer. To keep your routine simple, try buying products at your local drug store, which will cut down on runs to your closest department store during the work week. St. Ives In-Shower Exfoliating Body Polish is effective and doesn’t leave a residue. To achieve a great exfoliation, start at the soles of your feet and work upwards along your body in a circular motion. A loofa can also be used with or without body polish for extra invigoration. If you’re one of those people who likes to make her own products, try adding ground nuts and kosher salt to olive oil and voila! For the face, I cannot get enough of Roc Microdermabrasion Cleansing Disks, which have both a rough and a soft side. Use the rough side first to scrub away dead skin cells and then flip it over for a surge of cleansing moisture. Remember, it’s important to moisturize after each exfoliation.
As Fall arrives and continues into Winter, your skin will get increasingly dry, so it’s important to switch both your face and body moisturizer to something a bit heavier. Although I love something rich, I’m also devoted to the gym, and find that most heavy moisturizers trap the sweat between my skin and the moisturizer film, which creates the worst feeling ever. I’ve found the best of both words in Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Body Moisturizer. As for face, just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that you can shelve your sunscreen. I find it easiest to use a moisturizer with sunscreen in one, because I don’t have time in my daily routine to apply two products. For this, I must go to Bergdorf’s, but it’s totally worth it. Stick with what works for you; every woman’s skin is different so taking product advice from your closest girlfriend may or may not pan out for you in this category. That said, I’m devoted to Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Moisture Complex SPF 15. I have combination skin with mild acne and this works for me. It’s a bit expensive, but sometimes a girl has to splurge.
If you suffer from the “summer sandal heel cracks,” use your body moisturizer on your heels at night and wear socks to bed. If your dry skin doesn’t vastly improve in a week or so, try something a bit heavier. I like L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream because it’s not greasy and is easily absorbed. Also, if you’ve been wearing nail polish all summer, give your nails a breather (literally) and go bare for a week or so. This will keep your nails healthy and white because there’s nothing worse than the dreaded yellow nail!