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Feed Your Face: How to Fight End-of-Summer Dry Skin

By Dr Jessica Wu

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend! Now that summer’s officially over, it’s time to take a closer look at your skin. If you spent a lot of time outdoors over the past few months, your face, arms, and legs may be looking dull and feeling dry. Here are some easy ways to get soft and smooth again, using food-based ingredients:

If you have acne with dry patches on top from chlorine and salt water, use an oil-free moisturizer and apply it only on dry areas, like the cheeks, while avoiding your oilier T zone. Try Boots Expert Shine Control Lotion with tapioca, which controls oil, or Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15, which contains wine yeast and burdock root to moisturize and control shine at the same time.

If your face and chest are dry and you have brown splotches from too much sun, it’s time to give your skin a good scrub. Try Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub, which includes almond seed meal and sweet almond oil, or Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator, which contains raspberry, strawberry, and grapefruit extracts. If you have any sun-damaged areas that are scaly or crusty and persist despite scrubbing, show them to a doctor -- they might be precancerous growths called actinic keratoses.

For flaky arms and legs, use a rich body butter, like Yes to Carrots Intense Repair Body Lotion, with carrots and soy extract, or Boots Mediterranean Olive, Wheat Germ, and Honey Body Butter.


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