If you wake up in the middle of a summer night and feel the overwhelming urge to scratch your skin, you’re not alone. Dry and itchy skin is a common issue during summer months, despite the beauty industry’s focus on winter dryness. The reasons for these issues are often quite subtle but easily fixable.
Yes, seriously! Air conditioning is a major culprit of summertime dryness and itchiness. The function of an air conditioner is to remove the humidity from the air, therefore lowering the temperature of the space it’s cooling. While this can be a relief from summer heat and humidity, it’s not doing your skin any favors.
If you spend most of your time in air-conditioned areas – like offices, restaurants, homes, or gyms – hydration is key, from the inside out. Swap your afternoon iced coffee for a cool drink of water. Keep a pot of glycerin hand therapy lotion on your desk to hydrate your skin throughout the day.
If you’re in a humid environment, you might feel like your skin is hydrated enough. But a high-quality lotion goes deeper than just external moisture, like natural summer humidity. It can also ward off the summer itchiness you’re dealing with.
Do you have a tendency to shower multiple times a day during the hottest months of the year? When you feel like you’re constantly sweating, grimy, or just plain uncomfortable, this is a normal response to unbearable summer heat. But before you hop in for your second shower of the day, remember that showering in hot (and cold) water strips your body and hair of necessary oils that keep them hydrated and healthy.
If you absolutely need to cleanse, use a glycerin soap to wash your face and body. Glycerin is a humectant, forming a protective layer on the skin to prevent moisture loss. Other hydrating ingredients include aloe vera and vitamin E. Follow with a creamy body lotion afterward to lock in hydration and nourish skin when its pores are open.
A more common culprit than you might expect, heat rash occurs when your sweat ducts are clogged and prevent sweat from evaporating. When this happens, your sweat is trapped underneath your top layer of skin and results in itchy bumps. If you’re already dealing with heat rash, the best way to heal it is to avoid smothering it in heavy lotions.
Prevent moisture and sweat from accumulating by dusting a body powder after showering and applying lightweight body lotion. Body powder absorbs the excess moisture and keeps you dry all day.
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