If you ever notice how thirsty you get when it’s hot outside, that’s because your body’s natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It’s not just your mouth that gets parched, your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures. Keeping your skin supple, soft and well-hydrated helps ensure it doesn’t dry and crack, which is just as possible during the warm summer months as in the winter. Use these tips to create a healthy summer skin care regimen.
Protect your skin from burning and drying out by wearing proper sunscreen. Use one with a SPF of 30, not more than a 50 SPF and broad spectrum. Remember, when you are near water, reflections can magnify the sun’s intensity.
Moisturize often, including when you get out of the shower, and if necessary, other times throughout the day.
Shorten bath and shower time. Prolonged hot water will strip the skin of moisture causing dehydrated skin - also causing creepiness in the skin. Remember the best time to apply moisturizer is right after a shower or bath when your skin is damp. Your moisturizer will lock in the moisture.
Exfoliate - best to do this two to three times a week for your face and body. Removing the dead cell build up helps your products work even better.
Air conditioning takes moisture out of the air and out of your skin. Keep adding moisture when you start to feel dry or dehydrated and turn the air conditioner down or step outside and enjoy some of summer’s humidity.
Consume hydrating foods like berries, melon, cucumbers and zucchini. And drink your water!
Enjoy your summer!