Sunday, July 30, 2017
Dry skin is typically linked with the winter months, when skin becomes dried out from the cold weather. However, what you may not know is that it is possible to experience dry skin in the summer months too, and this is down to a range of factors.
In comparison to winter, the summer months do tend to make it easier on dry skin overall, but the following factors can play a part in dry skin flare up whilst the weather is hot:
If you tend to burn easily then your skin can feel dried out, as your skin begins to peel and flake after sun exposure. Using suncare products and moisturiser can help to prevent and relieve any dry skin symptoms from sun exposure, but if you are prone to burning be sure to stay out of the sun during the hottest times (between 12noon and 3pm).
In summer, women in particular, tend to shave more than usual which can cause increased skin irritation. To reduce this irritation, try moisturising after shaving in order to reduce any rash or dry skin that might occur.
Air conditioning is a huge culprit for dry skin in summer as it pulls the humidity out of the air. Humidity is essentially moisture in the air, which allows us to in turn stay moisturised - with this humidity drawn out of the air, we can get dried out quite quickly. To reduce the effects, minimise your time in air conditioned rooms, or try to moisturise every day in order to restore some of the moisture that has been lost from your skin.
Similarly to the effects of air conditioning, spending time in a dry heat location will dry out skin too. Moisturing if you're on holiday in a dry heat locality is so important.
The summer holidays tend to go hand in hand with trips to the pool. The downside to frequent swimming is the regular exposure to chlorine which drys out the skin. To reduce the damage chlorine can do, be sure to shower in between pool breaks and rinse off the skin.