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Dry skin is an issue that most of us have during the winter, but quickly overcome with a little moisturizer and seasons to change. During the summer, dry skin is one of those things very few people will experience. Those who do, however, know that it can wreak havoc on skin quality.
Having dry skin during the summer is a surefire way to get more wrinkles, more breakouts, and surprisingly, a lot more skin damage from just going outside. If you want to keep your skin looking great, it’s crucial to keep your skin moisturized with a high-quality product like the ones from GLAUX CHEM® year-round.
Even so, getting a seriously healthy summer glow isn’t that easy for most people. Keeping your skin dewy during this time doesn’t have to be a hassle. Just use these quick tips from the pros to help your skin get the glow it deserves.
Drink plenty of water.
Your doctor wasn’t lying when he said that water is important for your body. It’s common knowledge that keeping yourself properly hydrated helps your body regulate everything from hormones to toxin removal. Water flushes out the bad stuff that can cause skin to be dry, and also helps your body shed dead skin cells that suck up moisture.
Your body is made up of around 70 percent water. Think about that for a second. Without drinking water, you’re going to end up being a bit dry. It just makes sense. If you have dry skin during the summer but “normal” skin during the winter, it could be because you’re not drinking enough to stay hydrated. Grab a water bottle!
Stay out of the sun, or at the very least, load up on sunscreen.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest causes of dry skin during the summer is sunlight. The sun’s harsh UV rays have a tendency to dry up your skin’s natural oils, which is why sunburns often make your skin super dry before you start to peel.
Summer activities often mean lots of sunlight exposure. All things considered, it makes sense why a lot of athletes tend to end up getting dry skin during the warmer months. A little bit of sunscreen or a lot of shade can go a long way, here.
Dab on products with ingredients that reduce and reverse sun damage.
Believe it or not, most people will incur sun damage even when they think they are being good about applying sunscreen during the summer. One of the best ways to combat dry skin during the summer is to add a moisturizer that has ingredients that help reverse the effects of the sun’s UV light—ideally without having ingredients that can irritate and dry out skin, such as fragrances.
GLAUX CHEM®'s Face and Body Oil is a good example of what people can use to help improve their summer skin problems. This product has no irritating compounds that are known to dry out skin, and also has hemp seed oil, carrot seed oil and pomegranate seed oil as ingredients. Carrot and hemp seed oil is rich in beta-carotene, which has been linked to reducing the effects of UV rays. Pomegranate seed oil has a slew of ingredients that also reverse damage and fight free radicals that cause skin problems.
Avoid using deodorizing or heavily scented soaps.
We all get a bit tempted to use deodorant soaps or heavily perfumed soaps during the summer—and it’s understandable why. When it’s hot outside, we tend to sweat it out. That sweat stinks, so we want to use perfumed soap to cover it up since rubbing a stick of deodorant all over your body isn’t really doable.
However, perfumes have a very bad side effect. They are extremely good at drying your skin and erasing the protective oils that keep moisture in your skin. If you want to keep your skin looking pristine, you might want to opt for a less perfumed soap.
Don’t crank up the air conditioning.
Did you ever notice how dry air conditioned air tends to be? If you haven’t, you absolutely should. A lot of HVAC systems tend to dry out the air during its cooling process, which means that the air indoors tends to be much drier than what you’d experience outdoors.
During the winter, air conditioners aren’t used and heaters tend to be the ones that keep things comfortable. Heaters often won’t dry the air as badly as air conditioning will, though, so you wouldn’t really have as much of an issue during the winter in this case.
If you work in an office, then you might be looking at one of the leading causes of your dry skin during the summer. Offices will often crank up the A/C as the temperatures rise. If you can, avoid having too much air conditioning...or get a humidifier.
Though sunscreen may be good for you, avoid spray sunscreens.
Sunscreen is always a great idea, but people who suffer from dry skin during the summer will have to be a bit choosier than others. With regular sunscreens, you won’t have to worry too much about ingredients. Sunscreens tend to be very moisturizing as a whole.
However, newer forms of sunscreen might be a bit tricky. Using spray sunscreens, for instance, means that you will have alcohol from the spray on your skin—which dries your skin out. On a similar note, the “stay dry” or “non-greasy” sunscreens tend to dry out skin because of the chalky texture ingredients they use.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Summer is often a time for celebrations, barbeques and music festivals—and of course, booze. As fun as it may be to get lit with your buddies, alcohol has a serious dehydrating effect on people. This is because alcohol is a diuretic, which ends up making people pee and sweat out the water they have in their systems.
Since water keeps you hydrated, it’s easy to see how this can contribute to dry skin during the summer.
Moisturize after you take a dip.
Everyone loves swimming in the summer, right? Well, too much water, especially if it’s salty or chlorinated, tends to be one of the leading causes of dry skin during the summer. Thankfully, if you’re a frequent swimmer who has unusually dry skin, there’s a really easy fix.
The key to keeping your hands soft and moist here is getting a little help from products. Using a moisturizer or a skin-quality oil after you’ve gone for a swim will help lock in moisture rather than have that extra water dry up.
Decrease your stress levels.
Though summer is typically the season people choose to relax, there are some exceptions to the rule. A lot of women who are about to get married and stressing over wedding planning tend to find themselves experiencing dry skin during the summer for the first time.
Unsurprisingly, this has a hormonal background. Stress causes hormones to fluctuate, which in turn causes skin to dry up and break out. A good fix for this is to sign up for yoga and just hit the gym to get that stress gone.
Avoid hot showers.
You might think that hitting the steam room at the gym or going for a hot shower after the sauna is a good thing for your skin—but it’s really not. Though this may seem like it’s a good idea, hot showers and steam rooms can contribute to dry skin during the summer and winter. A better option would be to just stick to moderate temperatures and let the natural humidity in the air keep your skin glowing, especially during warmer months.
Boost your Omega-3 intake.
Lastly, the easiest way to treat dry skin during the summer is to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. This group of lipids have been shown to help skin lock in moisture, improve elasticity, and keep up collagen levels immensely. You can get more omega-3s in your diet by eating avocados, fish, or eggs.
You don’t need to necessarily tweak your diet to get the perks of omega-3’s in your skin. Just using a natural oil-based moisturizer that contains hemp seed oil like the ones from GLAUX CHEM® will do the same, and keep you feeling fresher, softer, and more beautiful every day.