Sun exposure typically dries the skin, leaving you to search for solutions to hydrate and moisturize your body. Imagine the impact that those powerful UV rays have on already dry skin. Walking in the sun during summer can lead to redness, rashes, and even wounds. You should take additional care of dry skin during summer.
Regular summer skin care routines involve adding an extra layer of SPF protection to your body. However, when dealing with dry skin, you will need to take some more steps. Grab a cup of coffee and read on to discover how to take care of your dry skin during summer and get through those hot temperatures!
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1. Evaluate your resources
Summer should begin with an evaluation – of your skin care, face products, makeup, and hair items. Carefully read the labels to see if you’re using the right products. This stage also involves cleaning, so throw away the sun protection products you might have saved last year. Consider updating items with features such as water resistance, refreshing scents, and absence of parabens. Consult specialized websites like Beauty Essential to discover the most popular products of 2018 that will help you achieve natural beauty with little to no effort.
Make room for new entries. You might need some herbs, essential oils and products which rebalance your dry skin during summer.
2. Find the causes
These are the most common causes of dry skin during summer.
- Dehydration reflects through the skin. Summer makes your body even more susceptible to dehydration, along with coffee, soda, and alcohol.
- Air conditioning dries out the indoor air, causing surface skin cells to dry as a defense mechanism. Fans or humidifiers restore indoor air moisture.
- Over-exfoliating your skin leads to damage. Exfoliation is a beauty routine you should stick to regularly to eliminate dead skin cells. However, the products you use may be too abrasive and sometimes make the skin photosensitive. Choose gentle exfoliants or go for natural alternatives. Also, exfoliate the skin in the evening.
- Swimming in the pool exposes your skin to chlorine which melts its natural protective sebum. Apply lotion before heading to the pool and let it absorb.
- Even if you sweat more, the sun dries the natural oils on the skin, which can lead to an even drier skin.
3. Protect your skin
Many fall for the confusing information that more sweat might lead to oily skin. In the meantime, those with sensitive skin notice that their pores dry even more. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin during summer. Choose a cream or ointment instead of lotion to gain a lighter consistency product. Go for moisturization after your shower and wipe your skin dry.
You can also avoid dry skin by limiting the shower to five-ten minutes, closing the door and using warm instead of hot water. Choose shower gel and ointments with ingredients that soothe dry skin, such as jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or mineral oils.
Unscented skin care products retain the skin’s natural oils. Avoid using deodorant soaps or products that contain alcohol, Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), and fragrance. Dermatologists usually recommend hypoallergenic alternatives to patients with sensitive or dry skin. Such products are available as convenient over-the-counter versions or natural items.
4. Focus on the face
According to a study, people experience seasonal skin changes which can increase the risk of dermatitis. However, these symptoms can appear during both summer and winter. One of the most sensitive body areas and the first to reveal the signs is the face. The nose and forehead can quickly dry out after thirty minutes spent out in the sun. A dry face gets sunburnt quick in the absence of the skin’s natural oil.
If you cannot stay makeup-free during summer and use SPF creams that you can reapply instead, go for primers which include SPF higher than 15 – 30. Protect the face using a hat which also covers the ears. If your face has been over-exposed to the sun, soothe it with a cooling gel.
5. Apply a mask
Fruity face packs restore moisture and add a bit of glow to the skin. There are homemade products that combat skin problems. A successful mix is made of banana, honey, lemon, and warm water.
- Mash half a banana, mix with a teaspoon of honey and yogurt. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Squeeze orange juice and add a teaspoon of honey. Apply the mask and keep it on your face for ten minutes.
- Mix a teaspoon of sandalwood paste with a ½ teaspoon of rosewater. Keep it on your face for ten minutes.
Regularly apply a fruity mask to restore your skin’s moisture balance. Fruits are available everywhere. So, these products simplify your skin care if you’re travelling to another country.
Caring for your dry skin during summer
Skin care doesn’t just stop at your face. Wear lightweight gloves while exposing your hands to the sun. Choose natural cotton clothing and non-irritating laundry detergents. Silk clothing is also cooling and refreshing for your body.
Dry skin during summer is more sensitive to sun exposure than oily or combination skin types. You can rebalance sensitive skin without heading in the opposing direction and ending up with oily skin. Summer is delightful when your face and body feel smooth and healthy. Try these tips and enjoy their results, while preparing for your summer vacation!