A result of too much sun is crepey, sagging skin. But there are products that can help repair the damage.
Remember making flower bouquets out of crinkled-up tissue paper in school? Think of that when you think of crepey skin, which is what happens when your skin loses its collagen and elastin, causing it to sag and look crinkled.
“It resembles the appearance of crepe paper,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. “This skin is often wrinkled and loose.”
But that doesn’t mean it is interchangeable with wrinkles. “Wrinkling is related to genetics, facial movement and some sun damage,” says dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. “Crepey skin is related only to sun damage. The sun is breaking down the elastin.”
Luckily, it’s not something that we have to accept; there are a number of products that reduce the appearance of crepey skin.
Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($19–$34 at supergoop.com). Zeichner suggests a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect against the sun’s harmful rays right from the start. Try Supergoop’s fun new mousse (yes, mousse) formula that is lightweight and hydrating.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($36 at firstaidbeauty.com). Hirsch recommends looking for products that seal in the natural moisture your body already has. Also look for ingredients that attract and add more moisture, such as hyaluronic acid. First Aid’s serum will not only keep skin moisturized, but will also help calm and soothe any irritation.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum ($24 at drugstores). According to Zeichner, retinol stimulates collagen and helps thicken the skin’s foundation. He recommends looking for products with retinol in them, like Neutrogena’s serum. It not only helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it will also help brighten your complexion.
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream ($16 at Target). Zeichner says to look for ingredients such as blackberry extract and dill, both of which have been shown to stimulate elastic fiber production. He likes this Aveeno cream, which decreases fine lines and makes skin look healthier overall.
SKIN BARRIER REPAIR
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion ($3 at drugstores). According to Zeichner, loss of hydration and the resulting inflammation worsens crepey skin. He recommends looking for purified petrolatum in your moisturizer, as in Vaseline’s popular lotion. It protects the skin’s barrier, prevents water loss, hydrates and plumps thin skin.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum ($165 at skinceuticals.com). This is the analogy that Hirsch likes to use when explaining antioxidants and their benefits: If you’re going on vacation, you lock your front door. The second thing you’re going to do to protect your home is turn on the burglar alarm. Antioxidants are that burglar alarm; they are the second level of protection your skin needs against aggressors like UV rays.
She loves this SkinCeuticals serum with vitamin C, which helps neutralize the radicals penetrating your skin’s natural protective barrier. It also works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and provides other anti-aging benefits.