Do you think dry, flaky skin is only a winter problem?
Whether you’re taking an exotic vacation, spending more time outside, or simply enjoying some well-deserved R ‘n’ R, dry skin can be a real summer bummer.
Let’s take a look at three dry summer skin culprits (and what you can do to give your skin some TLC this summer):
Dry Summer Skin Culprit #1: Sunburns.
Sunshine and skin don’t mix well.
UV rays can burn your skin and dry it out. When that happens, your skin becomes depleted of antioxidants, and its lipids begin to deteriorate.
Dead skin cells form the outermost layer of your skin, and lipids are the fatty acids that bind those cells together, producing a waterproof barrier that keeps moisture within your skin.
If your dead skin cells and damaged lipids can’t function properly, that’s when your skin leaks tons of moisture, and inevitably starts to peel.
The key to healing dry, damaged, sunburned skin?
Hydrate frequently, and replenish necessary nutrients (oh, and wear your sunscreen!)
Dry Summer Skin Culprit #2: Air conditioning.
Walking into an air-conditioned oasis after sweltering outside on a hot, humid summer day is refreshing.
But did you know that AC can dry out your air just as much as a cold, dry winter day?
It’s true. Over-exposure to air conditioning can leave you with brain fog, headaches, itchy skin, dry eyes, and more.
Now, I’m not going to tell you to completely turn your AC off in 90+ degree weather…
But I will suggest adding moisture back into the air with a humidifier. Your thirsty skin will suck up the added moisture, leaving you with a healthy, rejuvenated glow.
Dry Summer Skin Culprit #3: Swimming pools.
Swimming pools are another summer delight that cools you down but also dries you out.
The harsh chemicals in chlorine will strip moisture right out of your skin, leaving it feeling dry and chalky.
If you plan on taking a few dips this summer, remember to wash yourself off with soap and lukewarm water immediately after your swim. If you opt for hot water, you risk opening up your pores and letting chlorine seep into your skin.
There you go 🙂
A few tips to help make handling dry summer skin a breeze, while also keeping your skin plump, hydrated, and absolutely stunning this summer!