Is Summer The Reason For Escalating Your Skin Issues?
Summers are here and it’s time for you to experiment. After all, summer is the apt time to do it. You have so much liberty during this season. But would you like doing it, keeping your skin at stake? For You Summers Are Fun, But A Peril For Your Skin.
Summers are very generous, but only when enjoyed in moderation. You ought to be careful lest it should take its toll on your skin. Your skin is more vulnerable during summers and can get affected by skin infections and diseases.
1. Sunburn And Melasma
In summers you spend more time under sun and heat as compared to what you do in other seasons. This can sometimes lead to brown and dark patches on your skin.
Women are the prime targets of ‘Melasma’. They are usually dark, irregular well demarcated hyper pigmented patches, commonly found on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. Melasma is thought to occur due to stimulation of melanocytes by the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone when the skin is “exposed” to sun. Women who have a higher level of estrogen, e.g. those on birth control or pregnant in their body are particularly more prone to Melasma.
2. Summer Rashes
Rosacea From Sun
It’s a facial skin rash with symptoms that appear as pimples, broken and flush-prone capillaries. Furthermore, oil gland enlargement is also seen in the infected parts. Heat from sunlight exposure to extreme temperature, strenuous exercise, severe sunburn, stress, anxiety, cold wind, etc. all could contribute to the condition.
Interigo is a rash that mainly affects people who have significant skin folds. This rash targets the region inside the folds of skin. It is particularly problematic for people suffering from obesity and is caused by hot weathers when you tend to sweat a lot.
Contact Dermatitis is one another irritating summer rash. It is particularly caused by common summer plants like poison ivy. The rashes are red, itchy, and hive like.
3. Insect Bites
Summer swarms with insects and bugs. The worst part is, if you ignore this fact you could fall prey to their abuse. That would include pain, itching, redness, swelling or even infections.
4. Summer Acne
The sweat, heat, and clogged pores due to dust, pollution and overdose of lotions can cause your skin to break out. It causes acne, back-ne (back acne) and those disgusting hairline pimples.
5. Dry Skin and Scaly Feet
The skin gets dehydrated due to incessant exposure to sun, rigorous air conditioning, and summer dresses and foot wear. People who wear open foot wears and sandals are particularly susceptible to thick, rough, cracked, and scaly heels.
Take actions before summer take its toll. Here’s what you need to do.
- Foremost, drink loads of water, for it flushes your system off toxins and impurities.
- Make sure to use a gentle face cleanser everyday to remove dirt and excess oil from skin. At the same time, use the cleanser that is mild enough not to dry out the skin. After cleansing, follow a refreshing toner and soothing moisturizer.
- Take proper shower. Keep a routine for cleansing your skin with mild medicated products. A good anti-fungal or antibacterial body soap and shower gel help in controlling skin issues like infections and rashes. After bathing, use a natural body moisturizer to restore skin’s natural moisture.
- Exfoliate your skin before applying self tanner. Exfoliation also helps with the scaly feet condition. Exfoliating with an effective scrub lends your feet the soft and smooth skin touch.
- To prevent annoying pimples and blemishes on your back, cleanse your skin daily using a mild antibacterial cleanser and soap.
- To relief sunburns and rashes, apply lavender essential oil with almond oil on the problem area.
- Use good quality; sweat proof, high SPF, light textured, non-comedogenic and broad spectrum sun lotion. Wear a scarf, wide brimmed hat or keep an umbrella handy in order to avoid sun and heat.
- Lather up insect/bug repellent and wear full covered dresses when you go out.
- Wear cotton, lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow air to circulate. These would also speed up sweat evaporation. Damp a cotton pad with tea tree oil and sweep it over your shoes and sandals. This would help keep them away from infections.
This is a guest post by Michael John from Defense Soap.
These recommendations are for the reduction of stress only. They are not intended as treatment or prescription for any disease, or as a substitute for regular medical care.