Despite the belief that almost all of us have, dry skin is not just a problem during the winter. Summer sun, heat and air present a whole new series of problems and causes for dry skin. From unforgivable sunburn to waxing and diving in the pool, here are the causes that lead to dry skin ...
Swim in the pool chlorine water
It’s hard to resist a tempting opportunity to swim on a hot summer day, but that diving into the pool can be wreaking havoc on your skin if you’re not careful. Chlorine removes your skin and hair from natural oils and can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated.
Do not apply soothing lotion during the summer
We all go to the beach to relax, but sea salt removes from your skin its natural moisture and sebum, says Dr. Michele Green, a certified cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. This can irritate and dry out your skin. Furthermore, salt water is not always completely washed in the shower, so it is important to apply a moisturizer after swimming to prevent moisture loss, says Dr. Green.
Do not treat the skin after waxing
When it comes to body hair, we are in favor of every choice you make, but if you are waxing more often during the summer, it is important to give your skin a little extra love. Do a depilation during the shower, while also adding a softener to soothe and refresh the skin.
Do not use broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is important throughout the summer. “When choosing a sunscreen, make sure the label shows a wide range,” says Dr. Green. This ensures that you are protected from UVA and UVB rays. Beyond UV protection, applying sunscreen can help prevent premature skin aging and help maintain a normal tone.
During the summer, your skin tends to be a little less oily due to heat and sweat. This can cause an increase in acne outbreaks, which can irritate and eventually dry out your skin. So, use extra lotions that nourish your skin.
Do not hydrate with rich moisture products
Air conditioning is several times a necessity during the summer months. But the price of staying fresh can be absorbing moisture from your skin. "Since air conditioning gets moisture from the air, it can make the skin too dry," says Dr. Green. "Although you may feel fresh, it's important to drink plenty of water, use products on your skin that will penetrate the epidermis and retain moisture, even if the environment is dry," the dermatologist concludes.