Guest Writer, Emma Lawson, on TwinCitiesView… She’s read our mind, we all want to know what to do for our skin post-summer… Thanks Emma for this skincare article, you’re awesome!
Skin rehab – post-summer skincare
Since things like temperature, humidity, UV radiation vary from season to season, it’s perfectly understandable that each season requires different skincare routine. In most cases, summer is the period when people spend a lot of time outside with their skin directly exposed to severe conditions, such as high temperatures, direct sunlight, salty water, etc. Even if you’re aware of this risks and take care of your skin during summer, it will still need some kind of rehab when the summer sun sets. Listed below are some of the problems your skin might face along with the possible healthy solutions.
Dry skin is usually associated with winter weather but summer heat can also leave your skin dry or leathery-looking. You sweat a lot in the summer which leaves your skin dehydrated. The best solution is the simplest one – hydrate yourself by drinking enough water. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of all liquids of roughly 13 cups (3 liters) for men and 9 cups (2.2 liters) for women. This is the recommended intake of all liquids, not just water, so feel free to opt for fresh juices and herbal teas as well.
Chapped, dry lips are one of the most common post-summer problems because lips don’t contain any melanin (the pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their color) so they have no way of protecting themselves from UV rays. Use a lip scrub and follow up with moisturizing lip balm based on nutritious ingredients like hyaluronic acid and petrolatum. Vaseline is actually pure petroleum jelly so that could be your first aid as well. Apply a thick layer before going to bed, repeat this for a few nights and soon you’ll be as good as new.
Exposure to the direct sunlight can lead to sunspots and freckles and other forms of hyperpigmentation. This darkening of the skin occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin. Your best choice would be effective serum packed with retinol, like those from Medik8 skincare collection. Retinol is one of the animal forms of vitamin A and it slows down the breakdown of collagen, which helps the skin stay firm. It’s broadly used in anti-aging and anti-acne creams, so the benefits are multiple.
The exact cause of this skin condition is still unknown, but dermatologists claim that extreme temperatures, sunburns, alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food are some of the most common triggers. If you’re seriously flared-up, you should pay a visit to a doctor who will probably prescribe some topical or oral antibiotics. You should avoid any food that could cause allergies and use natural moisturizers, such as coconut oil or aloe vera.
Excessive sweating and comedogenic cosmetic products (sunscreen for example) can make your pores clogged and aggravate acne. There are a plenty of natural at-home remedies for acne, so that could be your solution if this is one-time, post-summer problem. Otherwise, you should see a dermatologist. He will probably prescribe you a product based on retinoid and benzoyl peroxide. Consider investing in some kind of clay mask since it can prevent pore clogging and absorb excess oil so you won’t have a problem with pimples or blackheads.
In the end, the most important thing is that you shouldn’t panic. Even if you got carried away a bit and forgot to treat your skin right during summer months, don’t worry. Nothing is unfixable but bear in mind that your skin is the biggest and one of the most important organs – it protects you and literally keeps you together. Now, go ahead and devote some time to your skin and your skin will thank you.
Author: Emma Lawson
Hope you all enjoyed this good read about how to take care of your skin, keep that skin happy and healthy readers!
Until next time on TwinCitiesView, take care!