Ah, the sun’s warm embrace on our skin – it’s sheer bliss! But I confess I often forget about the consequences until it’s too late. Now that summer has drawn to a close, it’s time to face the music: crepey, dry skin is making its presence known, and my arms, legs, and neckline are proof of that. You see, it’s common to experience crepey, dry skin at the end of the summer season. Those summer months bring higher temperatures and increased sun exposure into the picture. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays leads to dehydration and the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, contributing to a crepe appearance. And as if that’s not enough, our skin takes a hit from spending time in chlorinated pools, saltwater, or air-conditioned environments, further sapping its moisture and leaving it dehydrated and flaky.
7 Steps for Tackling End-of-Summer Crepe Skin
1. Hydration Is Key
Begin by hydrating your body from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin plump and become more moisturized.
Incorporate gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine to remove dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. Be cautious not to overdo it, as mature skin is more delicate. You can find numerous exfoliating products in stores and online, including body scrubs, exfoliating gloves, loofahs, and chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Choose the one that suits your skin type and preferences.
3. Moisturize Daily
Invest in a rich, hydrating body lotion or cream. Applying it daily can help lock in moisture and improve skin elasticity. The best types of moisturizers to hydrate skin are those that are rich in emollients and humectants. Look for ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and ceramides, as they help to lock in moisture, repair the skin’s barrier, and provide long-lasting hydration.
4. Sunscreen for All
Summer may be over, but it is still essential that you protect your skin from UV rays. Extend your facial sunscreen habit to other exposed areas. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your arms, legs, and décolleté before stepping outdoors if they are going to be exposed to the elements.
5. Cool Showers
Opt for lukewarm or cool showers if you can do it. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils.
6. Body Oils
Consider incorporating natural oils like coconut or jojoba oil into your skincare routine. Using a moisturizer and body oil together can provide a dual benefit by replenishing moisture and sealing it in, helping to hydrate and nourish dry, crepey skin deeply.
7. Nourish Your Skin from the Inside
Your skin is a living, breathing organ. Treat it right with a diet rich in antioxidants from fruits and veggies, which can help combat free radical damage that ages the look of your skin.
You can even dabble in skin-loving supplements like Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and plays a critical role in collagen production. Collagen maintains skin’s elasticity and firmness. Collagen production drops as we age, leading to sagging and crepey skin. A quality Vitamin C supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Liposomal Vitamin C can help support collagen synthesis and helps combat the effects of sun damage caused by free radicals. The result is healthier and more resilient skin.*
Omega-3 fatty acids maintain skin hydration, support a healthy lipid barrier to prevent moisture loss, and enhance overall skin health, including texture. While omega-3s are found in plant sources like Brussels sprouts, spinach, flaxseeds, and walnuts, seafood remains the best source. Studies show that most people do not get enough omega-3 from their diet. Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Krill Oil, which packs 320mg of omega-3 fatty acids, promotes firm and radiant skin.*
Treating end-of-summer crepe skin isn’t just about looks; it’s self-care in action. So, embrace the journey to healthier skin, savor the lessons, and let your radiant self shine through. Remember, it’s never too late to pamper your skin!
There you have it – your guide to tackling crepey skin at the end of summer. Go forth, be fabulous, and flaunt your beautiful, well-nourished skin with pride!