Moisturizing During the Summer Months

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Most people use less moisturizer on their skin during summer months, but when temperatures are high, your skin can become just as dry as during the winter months.

As you spend more time outdoors, sun exposure, heat, and chlorine can dry your skin. Air conditioning is meant to reduce humidity indoors which leads to dry air and dry skin. In dry, low moisture regions, keeping skin moisturized can be a real challenge.

The key is to find the right moisturizer for your skin type and changing it up, as needed, with the seasons. If a heavy moisturizer is too much, you can put it away for a few months and opt for a lighter lotion that still hydrates the skin.

Keep your summer skin care regimen simple beginning with a mild and gentle facial cleanser. Moisturize your face and body daily and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Look for products labeled ‘non-comedogenic’ which means it won’t clog pores. Be sure to give your skin a good surge of moisture before bedtime.

If you have atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, or other problematic skin conditions, it’s important to maintain a good skin care routine during the summer months to help avoid unwanted flareups. A fragrance-free moisturizer is typically less irritating. Sensitive skin will benefit most from skin care products that are free of potential chemical irritants.