Summer is right around the corner, and it’s time for some fun in the sun. But beware: too much sun exposure and the summer heat can be detrimental to your skin and your health. Of course, you’ll want to stock up on sunscreen to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays, but what can you do about the dry, itchy skin that comes with the hot summer weather?
To keep your skin glowing and vibrant when the temperatures soar, you’ll need to take extra precautions to protect your skin from dehydration. The combination of the sun, heat, extra sweating, exposure to sand and surf and chlorine from the pool can take a real toll on your skin. It can literally suck the moisture out of your skin cells, making your skin look and feel scaly and itchy. But scratching will only aggravate the problem and leave your skin susceptible to infection. For the best relief for dry skin this summer, follow these tips to enjoy safe summer fun all season long:
- Shower or bathe in warm water. Hot water zaps moisture from your skin, so always shower or bathe in warm water. And only bathe once a day because too much time spent in the shower or tub can rob your skin of moisture. You should also avoid the hot tub because the hot water and chemicals are torture on your skin.
- Always apply lotion after bathing, every time after you wash your hands and throughout the day as needed. The goal is not only to add moisture to your skin but to lock moisture in to keep your skin from drying out. When your skin is red, scaly or feels tight or itchy, you should apply moisturizer. Extra attention should be given to your face, hands, elbows and knees, and don’t forget to moisturize your feet as well.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week. Moisturizing your skin works best on exfoliated skin, which helps remove dead skin cells from the outer surface of the skin. Use a mild scrub for your face and body.
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom to put moisture in the air, which is good for your skin. Some experts say that skin needs more than 30% humidity to maintain proper moisture, and using a humidifier during the dry summer months can help provide relief for dry skin.
- Don’t use soap or bath bubbles, which are harsh and dry out the skin. Instead, use a gentle cleansing wash made with glycerin or petrolatum that helps to hydrate the skin, and instead of bubbles, use bath oils or oatmeal scrubs that provide soothing relief for dry skin.
- Use lip balm with sunscreen protection. Your lips lose moisture and dry out quicker than other parts of your body, so apply lip balm often to lock in moisture. Look for a lip balm with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) 15.
- Take fish oil or krill oil supplements. Studies show that omega-3 fish oil and krill oil supplements help to provide relief for dry skin and can help improve the health of your hair and nails, among countless other health benefits. Try Healthy Choice Naturals Omega Naturals Fish Oil Supplements which provide extra-strength, purified fish oil that yields 420mg of EPA & 280mg of DHA per capsule. Or try Healthy Choice Naturals Purified Krill Oil which delivers a super potent 1000mg of purified, cold-pressed krill oil in every highly absorbable two-gel cap dose.
- Use sunscreen that blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays with a minimum SPF of 15. Apply sunscreen liberally every day (even if it’s cloudy) before you go outside and every two hours you spend in the sun thereafter, plus every time after you go swimming.
- Wear protective clothing when out in the sun, including a long-sleeved cover-up, a wide-brimmed hat, and dark sunglasses. Keep in mind that darker, woven fabrics are better sun-blockers than light-weight, light-colored clothing.
- Minimize your time spent sun-tanning by taking sun tanning pills such as Healthy Choice Naturals Tanamins. These all-natural tanning pills boost your body’s melanin production so you can achieve a deeper, darker tan than ever before with very little time spent in the sun.
- Avoid heat rash and rosacea flare-ups. The heat and humidity make you susceptible to heat rashes and rosacea flare-ups, especially if you suffer from excessive sweating and hot flashes. Do your best to keep cool by staying indoors with air conditioning, take cool showers, and avoid wearing clothes that rub or irritate your skin. To stay cool on extra hot days or when you’re having bouts of hot flashes, carry a spray water bottle to mist yourself frequently throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Relief for dry skin isn’t difficult as long as you are prepared and take steps to protect yourself and your family ahead of time. With a little extra care, you’ll be able to enjoy healthy, sun-kissed skin all summer long.