Summer can be a hot and dry season, but that does not mean your skin has to suffer. If your skin is suffering in the swelter, here are some tips on how to keep skin feeling hydrated in spite of the environment.
A good moisturizer does wonders, and that’s doubly true in the summer. There are thousands of moisturizers out there that are designed for different skin types. Finding the right one can be challenging if you aren’t sure about your own skin type. Thankfully, there are only a few considerations you need to find a moisturizer that works for you.
If you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin, your moisturizer will be different from people with excessively dry skin. The same goes for people with very reactive skin. If your skin reacts poorly to a lot of products, light and hypoallergenic products are best-suited for your skin. Regardless of what you use, you need to moisturize twice daily or as recommended by your dermatologist. In the morning and before bed, clean your face with a gentle cleanser to rid your skin of the day’s sweat and dirt. Then apply your moisturizer, making sure to follow the instructions of the product. They all absorb differently, so it’s important not to use too much or too little. In the morning, do the same. For the rest of your body, use a different moisturizer than what you use for your face. Facial moisturizers are tailor-made for the face, and likewise body-moisturizers shouldn’t be used on the face for best results.
Once you’ve ensured you’ve got the right moisturizer for your skin, summer and winter may pose a threat to your routine. If you have to adjust or find something heavier or lighter, do it with consideration for what’s already worked for you. While the summer months are often humid in the northeast, that moisture is often counteracted by other factors.
The sun is out in full force in summer, and protecting your skin from it can do more than just lower your risks of skin cancer (though that is the most important reason for protecting your skin). Sunlight can cause dryness by sapping moisture from your skin, and keeping skin safe from the drying light of the sun is important in the summer especially. Always use sunscreen when you’re outside, but especially in the summer. Many facial moisturizers come with sunscreen for daily use, but keep in mind that in the summer, an even higher SPF will be necessary. Apply sunscreen as directed, and look for ones that also offer moisturizer if possible. The effectiveness of sunscreen wears off after about two hours, so make sure you are reapplying that frequently. Skin that is protected by sunlight is a lot less dry, and recuperating from a sunburn can be especially drying for your skin. Dry skin also ages and gives ways to wrinkles prematurely, since the UV light in the sun’s rays can damage and slow the production of many proteins that maintain moisture in the skin.
Heat is another factor that dries skin and rises astronomically under the New England summer sun. Sweating is a critical bodily function that keeps your skin and entire body cool when you’re in hot environments. But sweat spreads acidic and salty liquid across your body, drying your skin. It’s important to avoid heat when possible, to preserve your skin’s moisture. Using light moisturizers also keeps your skin from sweating too much in the heat. Additionally, dress lightly and take cool showers in the summer to prevent the heat from drawing more moisture out.
The summer months are a time for fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be aware of how the sun and heat work to reduce your skin’s moisture. If you’re looking for more advice on beating the heat this summer, call the knowledgeable staff at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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