You know those Staples commercials where the song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is playing, while an ecstatic dad shops for school supplies while the kids sulk? That’s the bittersweet September song, signaling the end of hot summer days (not to mention busted air conditioners and endless squabbling) and the cooler weather to come (but please, for the love of GOD, please don’t start playing the holiday commercials the day after Halloween).
September signals something else: Après-summer skin….the crunchy, flaky, super-dry, spotted, reddened, and/or blotchy skin that’s your summer fun souvenir. The one you got chasing the kids at the beach or in the back yard so you could slather the sunscreen all over them…while forgetting to apply your own.
Sun-fried skin is no joke, though. “Summer sun depletes the water element in the skin leaving it feeling dry, dull and prone to premature aging,” explains Kristy Cimesa, found of Elemental Herbology, who has a background in traditional Chinese medicine. “To nourish the water element, it is important that you use products that have strong humectant properties, locking moisture into the skin to help reinforce the barrier function and repair parched summer skin.”
Use any of these yummy products regularly, and you can kiss those summertime skin blues away.
Hint: They’re also great for use après-sledding, skiing, skating, and snow shoveling, so stock up!