Summer Skin Care Guide

Summer can be hard on your skin: prevent skin imperfections caused by the heat and sun.

Many people find they need to make changes to their skincare routines during the summer. But many aren’t sure what they need to change to accommodate their new skin problems.

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Why Does the Summer Affect my Skin?

Changes to the environment or climate will affect your skin, whether it’s cold weather or hot. In summer, there are many different reasons for why your skin changes:

  • Heat
    The heat can cause sweat, which increases the chances of an acne breakout. Sweating can also result in a heat rash.
  • UV Rays
    Strong UV rays will burn unprotected skin, which causes pain and discomfort, and possible lasting damage.
  • Air Conditioning and Chlorine
    It’s not just in winter when dry skin can be a problem. Even in the summer heat, skin can dry out and become tight and itchy. This is exacerbated by air conditioners and chlorine.

Skin Care in Summer Tips

Follow this summer skincare guide so you can look after your skin in the hot months.

  • 1
    Acne Caused by the Heat

    Hot days make us sweat, we all know that. But when the sweat mixes with the oils and bacteria on the skin, it can clog the pores. When the pores clog, the bacteria can multiply quickly which causes the inflammation and red spots of acne.

    How to Prevent Summer Acne

    Acne can be prevented, even when you’re battling the summer heat. Make sure you cleanse your face twice a day, using a gentle cleanser.

    In summer, it’s the sweat that causes the harshest of breakouts. Blot sweat away with a clean towel – don’t wipe it away as that could irritate the skin, leading to more breakouts. Make sure that you wash everything that touches your skin – clothes, hats, towels – to prevent bacteria clogging the pores.

  • 2
    Dry, Irritated Skin Caused by Air Conditioners

    Dry, itchy skin can be irritating at the best of times, but even worse when it’s roasting hot outside too. Air conditioners will dry out the skin, as can chlorine from pools and burning from the sun.

    How to Stop Dry Skin in Summer

    When you bath or shower, don’t use hot water. Instead opt for short showers in warm water. The hotter and longer the shower, the more oils are striped from your skin.

    It’s best to use a gentle cleanser when you shower, and moisturize immediately after washing. Always remember to wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy. Burnt skin will dry out and become very sore and uncomfortable.

  • 3
    Sunburn Caused by Harsh UV Rays

    Sunburn is caused by spending too much time in ultraviolet light, causing painful, dry burnt skin. Sunburned skin is warm to the touch and can feature fluid-filled blisters. Sunburn can be very dangerous, and can cause premature aging through wrinkling, drying out the skin and weakening the skin tissue. In severe cases, sunburn can cause skin cancer, so it’s important you follow proper summer skincare.

    How to Protect the Skin from Sunburn

    The sun is at its hottest from noon to about three in the afternoon, so stay in the shade during those hours. Make sure you wear long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat. Always wear sunscreen, and reapply it often. If your skin does get burned, you can soothe it with Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Aloe Soothe Lotion. The soothing aloe helps to calm the skin and absorbs fast, for a non-greasy feel.

  • 4
    Heat Rash Caused by Hot Weather

    Those who have suffered with heat rash know how irritating and uncomfortable it can be. Heat rash is caused by the blocked sweat glands that stop sweat getting out. The sweat builds up under the skin, causing the rash. Heat rash often looks like tiny, red itchy bumps.

    How to Protect the Skin from Heat Rash

    The best way to avoid heat rash is to allow your skin to breathe. Wear loose, cotton clothes and avoid the hotter parts of the day. When exercising, stay in the shade and only work out during the coolest parts of the day. Whenever possible, stay cool with fans, air conditioning and cool showers.

Don’t let summer skin problems ruin your vacation or time in the sun. Find a routine that works for you, and stick with it.

It isn’t just summer skin care that will keep your skin healthy, you need to look after your skin all year round. Moisturizing, staying away from strong UV rays, and using a gentle cleanser could keep your skin soft and healthy all year round.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.