Summer is all about having fun outdoors, especially in the beach! This season means, more heat and humidity = oily and damage-prone skin. Don’t let that ruin your holiday!
We have rounded up some common skin problems during summer and the solutions to get rid of it.
Dry and dull-looking skin
When dead skin cells build-up, it can definitely cause your skin to look dry, lifeless and damage-prone.
Solution: Get rid of those dead skin cells and extra dirt through exfoliating - with natural skin care scrubs, such as sea salt, sugar and oats. These are gentle on your skin and less likely to cause allergies and complications.
For your face, use gentle exfoliators found in creams and serums – AHA and Retinol. Just skip it if you plan on being in the sun the following day.
Always apply moisturizer while skin slightly damp to help seal in moisture.
Upper back blemishes
The upper back is especially prone to perspiration, making it prime pimple territory. Areas of the back also get irritated when something repeatedly rubs it, such as backpacks, tight clothing or sports gear.
Solution: Use treatment with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid kill bacteria and unblock pores. Avoid soaps that are harsh on your skin and contains any pore-clogging ingredients.
Shower immediately after a workout or when perspiring to get rid of oil, dirt and bacteria. Wear loose and breathable clothing made of cotton.
Bumps and rashes due to ingrown hair
Using a razor on dry skin and going over the same area again and again will irritate follicles, causing them to swell and trap hair
Solution: Exfoliate before waxing or shaving as ingrown hair can be caused by the existence of a thick layer of dead skin. When shaving, you should use the right razor, it should glide smoothly over your skin. Use a shave cream or gel to add moisture and always shave in the shower.
Cracked heels are unsightly and is generally caused by insufficient moisture. These may worsen during the season and can lead to painful inflammation.
Solution: Take extra care of your dry feet. The regular use of pumice stone or foot file helps you get smooth and soft heels, use them in the shower and afterward massage your heels with a rich foot cream. You can lock-in the moisturizing effect of the foot cream by wearing a pair of socks overnight. Treat yourself to a monthly pedicure.
Uneven Skin Tone
Dark spots on skin often form when pigment-producing melanocytes are damaged or overstimulated by hormones, pollution, sun exposure, and from scars.
Solution: There may be no quick fix for this skin problem, but there are several ways you can treat it depending on the cause of hyperpigmentation. The most common culprit is sun exposure over a long period of time.
These are some of the Treatments:
- Skin Lightener – Retinoic acid and Hydroquinone
- Skin bleaching creams
- Chemical peels
- Superficial peels
- Pulsed Light Therapy or Laser Treatment
UV protection is your best defence this summer. For stubborn spots, see a dermatologist.
Always use sun protection. Choose a sunscreen with a Broad-Spectrum protection. Learn more about SPF in Top 3 Reasons Why You Need To Put On Sunscreen.
Slathering on a higher SPF in the morning doesn’t mean you are protected for the rest of the day. To be safe, reapply often like every 2-hours and take breaks from direct sunlight.
Keep in mind that sunscreen can only protect you from sun damage, it can’t reverse any damage already done. If you get burnt, you’re burnt.
Get the best Summer ever with these skin care tips!