How to Get Rid of Dry Skin In Summer

by | Jul 7, 2020 | Blog, Skin Care Routine

As summer gets closer, it is important we start focusing on our skin care daily routines. Protecting our skin during these hot months is key. One of the most common consequences during summer months is the appearance of dry skin.

The causes of summer dry skin can be diverse, which make it even more necessary to focus on our skin care and adapt it to the high temperatures. We have put together a few recommendations to help you get rid of dry skin during summer months. 


1. Get enough water 

Of course, this one is the first on the list! During hot season is very important to drink water as much as possible. The high temperatures makes us sweat much more than usual and when more water is moving out of the body than we are taking it, we run the chance of dehydration. Although water consumption will depend on our body weight, it is advisable to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily.


2. Control your bath time!

Having a hot bath may seem like a good idea. However, this is not always the case, specially during summer months. Hot water, besides making you feel relaxed, can strip your skin of essential oils and make it feel drier. 

To avoid the presence of dry skin, we recommend you cool your temperature down and limit your time in the shower to 5-10 minutes (1). The good part is that the environment will also benefit from it!

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3. Don’t forget to moisturize! 

Just after coming out of the shower, dry your skin with a towel gently and apply moisturizer within the next few minutes. During summer you may choose a lightweight moisturizer, which will help you provide a long-lasting hydration during the rest of the day. 

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4. Use and ointment or cream 

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, ointments and creams are more effective than lotions and they can be less irritating. When ointment/cream shopping, look out for those products containing olive oil, jojoba oil or shea butter. Other ingredients that may also help you with your dry skin are lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum. 

Also, don’t forget to carry a non-greasy hand cream in your bag, always apply it after hand washing and you will see how it helps relieve your dry skin! 


5. Wear a lip balm 

After a long day at the sun, your lips will also feel drier!  Some healing lip balms can also irritate your lips, so it is important you choose a lip balm that feels good to your skin and use it constantly to avoid chapped lips. 


6. Use unscented skin care products

Not all skin care products are thought for dry and sensitive skin, and some of them can be too harsh to your skin. Avoiding  products containing alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) will help your skin retain its natural oils. 

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7. Make sun protection your priority

During summer, it is essential that you protect your skin from the sun. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends putting high SPF sunscreen daily and make sure you reapply it constantly, normally every 2 hours.  Also avoid sun exposure during peak hours and seek the shade whenever possible. 


8. Shaving 

The American Academy of Dermatologists also link the way we share ourselves to the dry skin. It is important to never shave your legs while they are dry, but to wet them in the shower and apply some shaving cream or gel instead. When shaving it is also important to do it in the same direction that our hair grows. Finally, don’t forget to moisturize them after shaving! 

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9. Choose wisely your laundry detergent! 

Laundry detergent can also play a role in our dry skin!  To avoid this situation, make sure you use laundry detergent labeled as ‘hypoallergenic’. Not only is hypoallergenic laundry detergent is good for your skin and your home, it’s also good for the environment.

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