Who doesn’t love warm days outside and cool nights camping with friends during the summer? The summer is one of the best seasons for going outside and enjoying nature. This also means that skin gets drier when we are outside in the heat for longer periods of time. To treat skin conditions, take a steam shower, moisturize and hydrate the skin. Read on for more details for keeping your skin healthy during the summer.
Dry Skin Treatments
In the warm weather of the summer, it’s harder to stay hydrated. One of the biggest challenges in fighting dry skin is keeping skin hydrated and moisturized.
To hydrate your skin, take warm showers, but avoid taking showers that are too hot. Also, avoid dehydrating agents, such as alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes. Lastly, do not use cleansers that dry out your skin too much. Try reducing the use of these cleansers or switching to a different product. Remember to exfoliate your skin before moisturizing so the dry skin won’t prevent the lotion from doing its job.
You can hydrate your skin by using a humidifier. You can also carry around a spray bottle with water in it and mist yourself from time to time.
Avoid getting sunburns; if you do get a sunburn, the following section may be of interest to you.
Sunburns may be the worst part of the summer time. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment while having a fun time at the beach or at the lake and forget to reapply more sun block. However, the repercussions can be some of the most painful. Sunburns are not pleasant!
The best line of defense against a sunburn is using the proper prevention techniques. Wear a hat or visor to protect your face and eyes from the sun. You can also wear long, loose clothing to protect your skin from the UV rays. It may seem counterintuitive to wear too much clothing on a hot day, but you will thank yourself later!
Other prevention methods include hanging out in the shade or under an umbrella. If you’re playing in the sun or in the water, make sure to reapply sunscreen when needed.
If it’s too late and you’ve been burned by the sun, there are a few things you can do to help your skin feel better. First, buy a bottle of aloe vera. This can alleviate the pain; alternatively, you can break off a piece of your own aloe vera plant and rub it along the skin. Take cool showers, and apply lotion afterwards. If it’s burning, put a cool, damp towel on top of the affected area.
Sunburns can be painful. They burn, itch and may cause blisters. Keep the burned area of the skin protected and take ibuprofen if you are experiencing too much pain. Once the sunburn starts to heal, the skin will begin to peel. Exfoliate peeling skin with used coffee grinds from your coffee pot. It works like magic!
Last of all, but not least, make sure to stay hydrated. Hydration goes a long way in protecting your skin from being dry and itchy.
Good luck, and have fun in the summer sun!