How To Ward Off Dry Skin This Summer

If your hometown’s having the same nice, sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in New York City, you’re probably browning a bit and noticing a layer of dead skin dulling your complexion. Sadly, though the type of dryness changes, skin dehydration doesn’t disappear when humidity enters the picture. But because a lot of people don’t realize the extent to which you need to moisturize during the summer, particularly if you’re spending a great deal more time in the sun, summer dryness goes ignored. Keep reading to find out how to put a stop to this travesty.

  • Please, please wear sunscreen. You can go about it the standard way with these beloved screeners or switch it up a little with powders, pills and beyond.
  • Exfoliate your body a few days a week with a hard-bristled brush. Rub your skin in a circular motion, focusing on areas that get particularly dry, like elbows and knees.
  • Take it a step further with in-shower exfoliating, too. I love Bliss’s Hot Salt Scrub.
  • These rougher exfoliation methods are probably too intense for your face. On that front, use a gentle exfoliating scrub a couple times a week or a pair of scrubby gloves with your normal face wash to get the job done (but be gentle!).
  • Now, moisturize. Hard. You should be using moisturizer every time you wash. We love Kiehl’s oil-free moisturizer for our face.
  • For your body, grab a rich lotion or balm to keep things supple. Burt’s Bees makes a great body butter that manages to be minimally greasy. Slather that on before going to bed and you’ll be silky-skinned all summer.