This time of year can be an awkward transition for your skin. Labor Day festivities may have been the last glimpse of sunshine you'll see before you get swept up in the hustle and bustle of fall activities. Whether you've been wearing SPF all season long, have been living sunburn to sunburn, it's important to treat your skin carefully during this transition. Here's how we take care of dry - and even flaking - skin to get ready for fall:
Now is not the time to start using a harsh acne cleanser. Dry skin needs to be handled carefully so look for mild ingredients in fragrance-free cleansers. Your skin is more sensitive right now. Remember, if you feel any tightness or notice increased dryness, you probably need to switch out cleansers.
Keep your showers short and sweet. Heat can be good for dry skin, but you don't want it to get too hot. A warm shower that's less than 10 minutes can provide the right amount of steam to help your skin recover.
Any extra water from a shower or early season rain can dry out your skin even more. That's why you want to be sure to dry gently and thoroughly whenever your skin gets wet. As strange as it may seem, that's not the kind of moisture your skin needs during this transition period.
What your dry skin does need is a thick moisturizer free of added fragrances that won't leave your skin greasy. Look for ingredients that specifically target dry skin like Niacin and Vitamin C. Cetyl Alcohol, which is derived from coconut and palm oils, helps seal in moisture and prevents the loss of any more. These ingredients, all found in Corium 21 cream, help to soften your skin and repair sun damage and flaking skin. For maximum effect, moisturize right after you towel off following a shower. Your skin will still be damp, which will let the thick cream really sink in!