The summer months are hot, humid and sunny. Here are some great tips to keep your skin looking moisturized, glowing and healthy.
- Moisturize daily
Just because humidity is at its peak does not mean you can skip your moisturizer. Dry skin or eczema is due to problems with your skin’s moisture barrier, not the amount of moisture in the air. You might, however, be able to switch to a less greasy formula.
- Control your climate
When you are indoors, keep your house and office cool if possible. Try using a fan if air conditioning isn’t available. Also, keep humidity to about 50 percent.
- Wear your sunscreen!
You should wear sunscreen most of the time you’re outdoors. My favorite is Naked Turtle Sunscreen. It’s made by Dr. Gutierrez himself and is all-natural with no harsh chemicals. It’s also broad spectrum so it will protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. Remember to always avoid added perfumes, dyes, and alcohols.
- Avoid antibacterial skin products
They kill off the very weak bacteria, which makes more room for other bacteria and fungi to grow. The billions of bacteria that are normally on our skin actually help maintain the health of our skin. Opt for a moisturizing soap to wash off dirt and germs.
- Dress to be cool
Choose loose cotton clothing in soft fabrics. Your summer style should keep you cool and avoid irritating your skin.
- Rinse off when needed
Summer activities can expose you to pollen, sweat, salt, sand and chlorine. Take advantage of any outdoor showers at the beach and the pool. Cool water rinses and compresses are also a relief to irritated skin.
- Manage allergies
If you have seasonal allergies, start taking your antihistamines just before the season begins. This will prepare your body for the onslaught.