As the humidity of the summer dissipates, dry air can really affect skin and cause dryness, itchiness, redness, breakouts, makeup to disappear or wear unevenly, flakiness and discoloration (Yes, all that!). Based on skin type and concern, I have broken down some products to help alleviate and correct problem areas. Be prepared to make that change soon — the temperature is starting to drop!
Normal to dry skin
For skin that starts to become drier as the seasons transition, look for a cream that is powerful, highly absorbable and hydrating. Try Snowberry Beauty Nourishing Rich Day Cream. Containing coffee bean oil, strawberry seed oil and cloudberry seed oil, this cream is a rich fusion of the purest and finest active ingredients from New Zealand. It is a powerful and highly absorbable, anti-aging formula that nourishes, smoothes, moisturizes by up to 39.64 percent and revitalizes.
Shed that flaky summer skin to improve cell turnover with Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($35). It smoothes skin’s texture while cleansing impurities with a trio of gentle exfoliating acids. Salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids provide clarity and brightness by dissolving dead skin cell buildup. Jojoba beads further polish and smooth skin to reveal younger-looking, more radiant skin.
Prevent those wrinkles!!! Yves Rocher, the creator of Botanical Beauty, helps quench your skin’s thirst with moisture capture botanical saps in their Hydra Vegetal Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer ($27). By using Canadian Maple Sap and organic Mexican Blue Agave, these two ingredients act as a barrier to lock in moisture deep within the skin and provide an immediate reduction in the appearance of wrinkles by nine percent.
Renew parched, dry summer skin and moisturize and protect with Sia Botanics Desert Aloe and Jojoba Cream ($18). This super hydrating cream packs in the power of concentrated botanicals from the Sonoran Desert like aloe (a skin quencher with magnesium, zinc and 20 amino acids) and jojoba (to restore and balance, hydrate and speed cell repair).
Dry body skin
Slough that parched summer skin away with Beecology Dry Skin Fighter Dead Sea Mud Soap ($6). For centuries, this mud has been known and prized for its essential minerals that tighten and balance, drawing impurities from the skin and providing effective moisturizing from essential oils, beeswax and shea butter with no perfumes, dyes or anything else to get in the way of pure, natural cleansing. After that cleansing, don’t forget to moisturize! Try Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion ($17) — a natural renewal lotion with organic pomegranate seed oil and shea butter to stimulate cell renewal and protect skin from damage while firming and leaving skin velvety smooth. Smells amazing as well!
Serum should be used when you feel like your skin is in a rut and you’re not getting the results with your basic products. For one of the best, I turn to Dr. Oscar Hevia. His Potent Repair Serum ($275) contains the super antioxidant Red Mangrove Extract to help repair + Ferulic Acid to protect cellular integrity + Thiotaine to help improve oxygenation of cells + Laminaria Algae to nourish the skin, leaving skin brighter, more even-toned, softer and smoother.
Protect those hands and prevent cracking and irritation! Archipelago Sugar Creme with Sugar Cane and Coconut ($24) is a rich, yet non-greasy cream that leaves hands feeling hydrated and soft. Pure coconut extract is blended with jojoba, some of the richest oils available and sugar cane — used for centuries as a skin care ingredient — provides alpha hydroxy acids to protect the skin and gently moisturize.
Enlarged pores are a common concern for oily and blemish prone skin types, as well as skin showing loss of firmness or sun damage. Untreated, enlarged pores can age one’s appearance. Perricone Intensive Pore Treatment can help! ($75) This treatment is non-clogging, oil-free and with ingredients alpha lipoic acid and salicylic acid, it effectively and dramatically reduces the visibility in pore size. Skin is firmer, tighter and softer, giving you an overall more refined skin texture.
Alleviate dry skin and flakiness, so that your skin is baby smooth with Metropolis Soap Company’s Balsam of Peru and Pumpkin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub ($38). With vitamin rich pumpkin, balsam of Peru to increase circulation and shea butter to moisturize, this vegan scrub will gently, yet effectively, exfoliate. It smells heavenly too!
As the seasons change, allergies, temperature and other environmental factors can cause dehydration and irritation in the delicate eye area. An eye cream can help! One of my favorites is Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Eye Cream ($20) — it is skin smoothing, rich and high in antioxidant vitamin E and a blend of oils. It’s great for skin that is showing signs of wrinkles and sun damage. Use for a soft and more youthful looking eye area, as well as around the delicate lip area as an emollient treatment.