Most people associate dry skin with the chilly winter months that cause the skin to crack, itch, and scale. Summer months and the accompanying heat usually causes people’s skin to become oilier and greasier instead of dry.
However, for people with naturally dry skin, the hot summer weather can exacerbate the condition leaving the skin craving moisture.
Before you treat dry skin in summer, it is important to find the culprit responsible for the skin condition. There are several causes of dry skin during the summer months, including:
Dehydration is one of the top causes of dry and flaky skin in the hot summer months. Everyone knows that our body loses more fluids during summer and is more susceptible to dehydration. Excessive dehydration can make it difficult for the body to produce sweat and make it difficult for the skin to retain moisture. Consumption of drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, and sugar increases during summer, which quenches your thirst but doesn’t hydrate the body effectively. Swap your cool bears and icy margaritas for some chilled water infused with tropical fruits for taste.
Chlorine from the pool
Swimming is a common activity during the summer and can be bad for the skin. The chlorine in the swimming pool water removes or melts the natural protective sebum that prevents moisture loss and leaves the skin dry after your swim. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy your summertime beside the pool. Just be sure to use a good quality shielding lotion before diving in to preserve the natural protective barrier of the skin.
Spending too much time in air-conditioned interiors
The oppressive heat of summer often forces people into the cool air-conditioned indoors. While it can be extremely enjoyable, the cool air of air-conditioners makes the atmosphere drier. The low air humidity causes the cells on the surface of the skin to dry out faster and makes it duller and less flexible. If you stay inside air-conditioned spaces for long periods, be sure to keep hydrating your skin with natural lotions and humectant mists as well as drinking plenty of water!
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The United States is facing a serious problem with the increasing rates of COVID-19 infection. The best way to protect yourself these days from contracting the virus is by wearing a mask. Experts report that wearing a mask can reduce the chances of transmission from an average of 17.4% to 3.1%.
While that is good news for people who fear the viral infection and want to protect themselves but wearing a mask for long periods can lead to several embarrassing and uncomfortable skin issues such as zits, blemishes, and pimples. The rising rate of breakouts has led to a new term coined ‘Maskne’ to describe the skin condition caused by the continuous usage of face masks. Mask causes friction of fabric against the skin and can irritate the hair follicles that results in increasing acne flare-ups.
So, how can you prevent the dreaded ‘Maskne’ without increasing your risk of contracting the virus?
Here are some expert tips to help you out:
Wash That Mask
A lot of people keep using their fabric masks for days without washing them. They put them on when going out and pull them off and toss them in a sunny spot in the car when they get back home, hoping the sun will kill the microbes. If you are guilty of this behavior, you are not alone.
While the sun and the heat can help kill the virus, it also allows microbes to grow and breed in the fabric. When you put on the contaminated mask back on, the bacteria attach to your skin, causing it to breakout.
Make sure you wash and dry your mask properly before each use with hypoallergenic and dermatologically friendly products to avoid irritating your skin.
Avoid Tight Masks
If your mask is too tight, it will cause excessive friction of fabric on skin and lead to irritated and inflamed skin that is prone to acne flare-ups. Use masks that are comfortable to wear and not too tight. However, they should also not be too loose to let the viral bacteria in from the sides when you breathe.
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