Are you puzzled by dry skin in summer? We understand your confusion, as the warmer months are popular for sweaty and oily skin. However, a surprisingly high number of people complain of dry skin in the summer.
You wonder why? Well, there are several factors that can suck moisture from your skin in the scorching heat. In this article, we tell you why this happens and how you can keep your skin moist in the summer.
What Are the Reasons of Dry Skin in Summer?
Even if you have normal or combination skin, it can get dry in the summer. Here are some of its key reasons:
- Excessive exposure to heat and sun without sufficient SPF protection can damage skin barrier function, causing transepidermal water loss. This causes dry skin during the summer months.
- Besides solar skin damage, your skin also loses excess water through sweating, which ends up drying out. It can get even worse if you don’t drink enough water.
- Sitting in air-conditioned rooms can also prevent your skin from retaining moisture, causing the skin to dry out.
- Your skin can also be very dry if you spend a lot of time in the pool to beat the heat. Chlorinated water is known to steal your skin’s natural pH, resulting in dryness.
How to deal with dry skin in summer?
1. Facial cleanser
Some soaps and cleansers contain chemicals that strip your skin of its natural moisture, making it dry. Go for gentle facial cleansers that have moisturizing properties and are hypoallergenic. Look for enzymes in fruits like papaya and make sure they don’t contain harmful chemicals like parabens.
2. Night/day cream depending on the type of skin
For dry skin, your best friend is a moisturizer. Choose one with ceramides, which can hydrate your skin and retain moisture.
- For the daytime, look for a high SPF in your moisturizer so that it can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution and also help it fight free radicals.
- A good moisturizer should ideally contain active ingredients like niacinamide and phytosphingosine, lanolin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and if possible, vitamin C. Glycerin is gentler on the skin than lanolin, which reduces the risk of allergic reaction for sensitive skin.
- Always choose a moisturizer based on the type of your skin. In the summer, lighter gel-based moisturizers work best.
- Mix skin needs a light, water-based moisturizer for oily areas. Use a thicker cream for the drier parts of your face and neck.
- If you have dry skin, you can opt for a cream based on additional moisturizing properties.
- Sensitive skin needs hypoallergenic skin so that it does not run wild with irritants.
- Oily skin needs non-comedogenic moisturizers that don’t contain oil so they don’t clog pores.
- For a nighttime moisturizer, look for one that contains retinol (vitamin A), which your skin needs to rejuvenate its cells while you sleep. Sometimes these are prescription based. So consult your doctor, because not all retinol creams are suitable for dry skin.
- Use a hydrating night mask once a week for an extra boost of hydration.
3. Avoid hot water
Hot water tends to dry out the skin more. In summer, it is best to shower in cold water to refresh the body and prevent dryness of the skin. Maintaining body temperature in summer prevents dehydration, dryness and itchy skin.
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4. Makeup for dry skin in summer
Your skin must be well hydrated for makeup to hold well. Use a light moisturizer before applying makeup. If possible, avoid foundation to let your skin breathe and prevent pore clogging.
- Start by applying a primer that will help you apply foundation or other cosmetics smoothly. They are available depending on the skin types. You can choose a gel-based moisturizer that won’t dry out your skin when you apply the rest of your makeup.
- Use a BB cream rather than a foundation to even out your skin. Go for one that is transparent and has no tint. You can then use a concealer to hide dark spots, dark circles and other blemishes if needed.
- Give a final touch with loose powder to seal in makeup and prevent shine. Avoid using compacts as they give you a mushy appearance.
5. Have a healthy skin care routine
It is important to maintain a healthy skin care regimen during the summer. Use the Korean Double Cleansing Method to clean sweat, dirt, and grime from your skin. Next, apply a water-based toner, followed by sunscreen and moisturizer.
At night, use a makeup remover oil and foaming cleanser to remove dirt and other impurities from your skin and finish with a nourishing moisturizer. Look for ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid that hydrate the layers of the skin.
You can even take a hydrating spray or mist with you and spray it on your face several times a day. It can refresh you and give your skin that much-needed extra hydration.
6. Cover skin
In addition to wearing sunscreen, cover parts of your body and face that are exposed to the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, large sunglasses, and clothing that completely covers your body. Also opt for heavy fabrics to block the sun’s rays and bright colors to deflect the sunlight.
7. Use humidifiers
Air conditioners can make your skin dry in the summer because they tend to absorb moisture and moisture from the air. You can use humidifiers in your home to regulate the humidity in the air if you live in very dry and hot places. This will forbid your skin from drying out.
8. Drink more water
The best way to prevent your skin from drying out in the summer is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water hydrates the skin from the inside out and keeps it from drying out. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to make sure your skin is getting the hydration it needs.