Summertime definitely contributes to dry skin and for those of you residing in Arizona, you know this all too well! The best way to repair cracked skin is to identify the reasons it’s drying out.
For those of you who follow our blog, you already know how we feel about playing in the sun without sunscreen, it’s a big no-no. In addition to the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, the sun dries out your skin. To protect your skin always wear a sunscreen when you are exposed to the suns damaging rays. This goes for under your make-up as well! Obagi makes a fantastic product that provides ultimate protection against UVA and UVB rays while keeping it lightweight free of harsh chemical. Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block melts into the skin beautiful and can easily be worn under makeup without clogging pores or irritating your skin. In addition, don’t forget those lips, they can burn and dry out too! Treat them to regular relief with a SPF 30 lip balm.
Keep hydrated! You should be consuming at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, divide that in half and convert it to ounces; your water intake should be at least 65 ounces per day. Drinking lots of water will aid your body’s natural oil production.
Chlorinated pools will make your skin dry and itchy within minutes. In addition to limiting your swim time, rinse off your skin after swimming to wash away chlorine residue. Immediately apply alcohol free moisturizer after your shower and don’t forget to pat yourself dry with a towel, don’t rub!
Air conditioning provides a cool hideout during hot summer months, but it also pulls moisture from the air leaving your skin’s surface dry. Run a humidifier in your home at least once a week to put moisture back in the air.
These quick tips for dry skin will most definitely keep you looking and feeling better this summer.
If your dry skin persists and is making your miserable, it’s time to talk to a doctor. Contact us at (480) 832-SKIN (7546) to make an appointment with Dr. Gregory Allen.