Summer Skincare: Guide For Dry Skin
Summer is here. And while we love the warm weather and sun, it doesn't always love us back, particularly when it comes to dry, parched skin. Not only can the climate be a cause, but other culprits are causing our skin to become scaly and dry as the Sahara Desert!
So, if you want to understand some of the dry skin culprits and how you can combat them, continue reading our “Summer Skincare Guide For Dry Skin.”
The summer climate can wreak havoc on the skin, especially if you live in an area with low humidity, like the Southwest. You see, low humidity removes oils from your skin, preventing it from absorbing moisture. With these vital skin functions being compromised, the skin is less able to protect itself against the external factors that accelerate age-related dryness.
Solution: While you cannot control the humidity levels outside, you can control them in your home, which is why we suggest using a humidifier. No matter what skincare products you use, you will lose the battle if you are not doing something to put some moisture back into the air.
Our next enemy in the dry air battle: overexposure to AC.
Indoor Climate… Air Conditioning
If you think your skin is safe indoors, this is not entirely true. As you run your air conditioner, not only does it suck the humidity out of the air, but also your skin. This leads to a dry, itchy, dehydrated complexion, prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles.
Another consideration in the battle against the drying of the climate is the constant change in temperature. For example, you walk out of a nice cool airconditioned environment into the scorching outdoor heat. The sudden change from one temperature to the next can also be incredibly stressful on the skin, leading to an undernourished, dehydrated complexion.
Solution: In addition to keeping a quality humidifier running at a relative humidity level between 40-50%, we suggest looking for skincare products with key hydrating ingredients. See some of our suggestions below.
Squalene- Is a moisturizer that acts by stimulating the skin's own hydration. It helps lock moisture in the skin and can help skin appear more vibrant and healthy.
Hyaluronic Acid- Is a star skincare ingredient that naturally occurs in the human body and should be the centerpiece of any anti-aging routine. Hyaluronic acid attracts up to 1000 times its weight in moisture; for that reason, it is ultra-moisturizing and helps to keep skin hydrated, plump, and more radiant. It even visibly softens fine lines and wrinkles.
Shea Butter- Is a proven moisturizer that conditions and soothes skin and seals in moisture. It supports skin elasticity, suppleness and nourishes the skin. Shea Butter fights dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles without clogging pores.
Showering The Wrong Way
You mean there is a right and wrong way to bathe? Yes, there is. Most adults commit to one big mistake, especially if they are hot, sweaty, and stinky from the summer temperatures, which is showering too often. They shower in the morning, after working out, and again before bedtime. Too much washing results in the removal of some much-needed oil from the skin, not only from the soaps used but also from showering too long, using the wrong temperature, and even exposing the skin to excess chlorine.
Solution: We have a few bathing tips that you can benefit from:
- Take a cool shower. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils.
- Stay away from harsh body washes and soaps: Natural oils in the skin are zapped away with harsh soaps and alcohol-based products. We suggest using cleansers that are EWG Verified with moisturizing properties and free of fragrances, synthetics, and other harsh chemicals that can further irritate the skin.
- Skip a shower. Taking a shower daily is unnecessary. While this may not seem appealing, it will allow your skin to maintain its natural oils. If skipping is not an option, cut down the shower time to 5 minutes on some days.
- Chlorine exposure: If you are in an area where chlorine or chloramine is added to the water, make sure you clean your shower head regularly and try using a water filter.
- Speaking of chlorine, be extra cautious if you love to take frequent dips in the pool. A way to protect your skin is to apply a thin layer of natural oil, like almond, argan, coconut oil, or even shea butter. This light barrier reduces the amount of chlorinated water touching your skin.
Slacking On Your Summer Skincare
A gorgeous summer glow does not mean you can slack on your skincare routine as neglect can actually have more dire consequences during the summer.
Solution: As with any season, it is important to transition your skincare routine to specifically address a skincare issues that arise during that season.
Some of our Summer Skincare favorites
Add A Toner: Prolonged exposure to the heat opens the pores, which can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and other issues. Toners are a great way to optimally hydrate the skin and give it the "Wake Up" it needs, by minimizing the appearance of pores, smoothing out fine lines, and restoring the pH balance.
Use A Moisturizer With Ginseng: Ginseng is a 'superfood' for the skin.
It contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to counteract dryness leaving you with a hydrated, glowing complexion.
Exfoliate: As you have seen thus far, our skin goes through a lot in the summer, which is why exfoliation is a step that you should not skip if you want healthy, glowing skin. However, avoid over-exfoliating as it can weaken the protective skin barrier. Always follow up with an intense hydrating moisturizer, like our Ginjo Nourishing Day Cream, to provide long-lasting moisture to soothe and restore your complexion.
Sunscreen: After exfoliating, the skin can be more sensitive to the sun, so it is essential to use a safe sunscreen to protect the skin further. We discuss sunscreens in our next installment of Summer Skincare