It’s warmer out, which means your skin should be supple and vibrant, right? Not necessarily. For some of us, dry skin may still be hanging around after winter, leading to all kinds of issues. How do you give dry skin the boot and welcome more hydrated skin to the summer party? Here are some tips!
Watch your ingredients
When your skin gets dry and you start dealing with patches of flaky, scaly, or red skin, your first move might be to load up on heavy moisturizers and scrub away the dry skin. Dry skin is irritated skin, so resist a deep exfoliating session! If you have skin that’s flaking, gently remove the loose skin with a softer tool like a skin sponge. Choose a moisturizer that 1) fits your skin type, and 2) has the least amount of pore-clogging ingredients. And don’t forget sunscreen!
Get lots of water (just not hot water)
Dehydration is a huge contributor to dry skin in the summertime. Even if you think you’re getting enough water, hot temperatures cause you to sweat, which depletes the amount of water in your body. The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 120 pounds, you should aim to drink at least 60 ounces of water a day.
Another way to get more moisture into your skin is to use a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in. This will put vital moisture back into the air and ultimately onto your skin. This is especially important as you run your air conditioning during the hotter months since air conditioning notoriously dries out the air in your home.
When showering in the summertime, make sure you stick to short showers with warm water instead of long and hot shower sessions. Hot water might feel good after a long day, but it is incredibly drying and stripping to skin. Save the planet (and your skin) by modifying your shower routine!
Don’t let acne win
While dry skin doesn’t necessarily cause acne, it does provide an environment on which acne can begin to flare up. If you’re noticing more blemishes on your dry skin, don’t freak out. The first step is to make an appointment with your dermatologist. They can help guide you with a treatment plan to not only care for your dry skin but also correctly clear up any acne that’s appeared.
A treatment that would work well (and gently) on your dry skin is the Sebacia acne treatment. Dry skin can build up in your pores and block them, which will ultimately lead to acne. The Sebacia treatment begins with a cleansing of your face to remove any dirt, makeup, or buildup. Next, Sebacia gold microparticles are massaged into your skin, placing our treatment into your skin’s pores, reaching the Sebaceous gland. The third step in the treatment is the careful use of the laser to heat the microparticles and deliver their skin-changing effects to your skin. Once you complete three Sebacia treatment sessions, results should be visible within the first 2-3 months, and we have seen patients with results that last up to 24 months.
After you begin Sebacia treatments, continue the improved care of your skin with gentle cleansers and topical products to help ease your dry skin and keep it more balanced. Again, consult with your dermatologist on which products are best to use when trying to improve your skin’s moisture levels and keep acne at bay.
If you’re dealing with dry skin, we hope you see now that it doesn’t have to be the “new you.” There are many options to turn your skin around and enjoy a radiant complexion!