SKIN CARE AT SUMMERTIME

The summer months span from June till September yearly. Also, it is a season characterized by the scorching sun, sweating, sunbathe, to state a few. Yes, summer is the period to sit back, unwind, and enjoy summer.  But you don't have to give up your skincare routine. UVA rays can harm your skin during summer months, especially those who spend a lot of time at the beach. So it's essential to focus on your skin care at summer time and carry out your daily skincare routine. Before we go into how to care for your skin during summer, let's discuss the different skin types.

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There are generally four skin types, they include:

Normal skin

Normal skin is scientifically called endermic. It is a skin type that's neither too dry nor too oily.

Dry skin

Dry skin type can't store moisture. It also produces less oil. Due to the absence of sebum, dry skin can't hold moisture. Also, it can't form a protective shield against harsh conditions.

Oily skin

An oily skin generates oil or sebum in excess. Another name for the excessive production of sebum is seborrhea.

Combination skin

Combination skin includes a mix of different skin types. It's distinguished by an oily T-zone. The T-zone area comprises of the forehead, chin, and nose. The other attributes include dry cheeks and wide pores in certain areas of the body.

But if you don't know your skin type, your dermatologist can help you to determine your skin type.

Skincare at summer time: Skin issues, how to prevent them and keep your skin glowing

The skin is prone to some discomforting changes during summer. We will consider these changes and the best skincare routine for preventing them.

Acne

Summer is a warm period. The effect of the warmth causes heat, an increase in oil production, perspiration, and more. And these are acne triggers. So what is acne? Acne is a skin condition characterized by spots, blackheads, and pimples. You'll often find acne on faces. But acne can develop on the back, the upper part of the chest and shoulders.

How can I prevent and control acne?

Wipe your face with a foaming cleanser

The frequent of a foaming cleanser during summer can help prevent or curtail the spread of acne.

How often can I use the cleanser?

Use a foaming cleanser twice a day.

  • Get an astringent

An astringent is a solution applied to the skin, after cleaning it. It is effective for oily skins because it removes excess oil from the surface of the skin. Also, astringent gives the face a tight and clean feeling. To apply, pour a little quantity of astringent into cotton dab then rub on your face. Afterward, apply a light moisturizer, which contains SPF 30 onto the skin.

  • Wash off the sweat

No doubts, it's normal to perspire excessively during summer. So take a cool bath. It will help rid the body of sweat and prevents the breakout of acne.

Sunburn

Evidently, sunburn occurs during the summer period. It's due to frequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) ray from the sun. Sunburn causes extended redness of the skin and can lead to skin cancer.

How can I prevent and control sunburn?

  • Apply sunscreen

Other names for sunscreen are sun cream or sunblock. It's applied to the skin during summer to protect against sunburn. Also, sun cream protects the skin from other effects of sun exposure. They include premature aging, moles, sagging skin, and so much more. So before going under the sun, apply your sunscreen on your skin, followed by a moisturizer.

Further, to prevent aggravating sunburn, reduce the number of time you go under the sun. Get a wide-brim hat and a pair of sunglasses: this will help to shade your face from the sun.

  • Use cool to bath

A cool bath is a soothing relief from sunburn.

  • Apply aloe gel

A gel with aloe as its basic ingredient also soothes the skin and provides relief from sunburn.

Heat rash

Heat rash, often called prickly heat, is a common condition during summer. It is a set of small itchy bumps, which develops due to blocked sweat ducts beneath the skin.

How can I prevent and control heat rash?

  • Use steroid cream

Steroid cream can minimize skin conditions caused by heat, eczema, psoriasis, and more. It is best to apply a steroid cream on the heat rash after a bath, while the body is still wet.

How often can I apply a steroid cream?

You can apply it once or twice a day.

Other prevention methods include:

  • Staying in ventilated areas
  • Taking cool water baths
  • Wearing cotton made clothing

Dry skin

Indeed, you'll feel hot during the summer. The hot weather can make the skin dry, causing it to develop cracks and dry patches. But you can prevent it by doing the following:

  • Apply a moisturizer after taking a bath

Have your moisturizer with you when going out. Apply it anytime you notice any dry patches or cracks during the day.

You can adopt the following routines to care for your skin during the summer:

  • Stay hydrated

To keep your skin healthy during summer, drink enough water daily. Hydration also prevents clogged pores. Clog pores occur when dead skin debris remain beneath the skin.

  • Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s outer layer. Make sure you buy an exfoliating scrub that suits your skin type.

  • Use sun protection

Sun protection guards the skin against UVA rays, which can cause permanent damage to the skin. They include wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and more. Further, you can lose essential skin components due to excessive exposure to the sun.

So it's important to keep the skin protected during summer. SPF 15, SPF 30 AND SPF 50 are also effective in protecting the skin during summer.

Indeed, the summer holiday is a lovely time of year.  But it can cause blackheads, and increase acne. Also, the skin thickens when exposed to sunlight. Visiting your doctor (or injection certified pharmacists) for facials after your holiday can help prevent breakouts. Further, the use of antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid helps protect from oxidative stress.

These few summer skin care routine can help keep your skin smooth and flawless. If you need help controlling acne during any season, visit Dr. Kamal (PhD in Pharmacy) of Albany laser and cosmetic centre. You'll be glad you did.

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