Sensitive skin typically needs a lot of TLC, especially during summer months when the concentration of dirt is higher and the sun is at its strongest. And yes, those days at the beach, picnics and camping trips are super fun, but in order to enjoy them without consequences, you have to take special care of your skin. Here are some useful tips listed below.
Sensitive skin 101
Again, conditions of sensitive skin worsen during the summer months. Although the exact cause of sensitive skin isn’t familiar, it shows up in a wide variety of forms. One major cause is allergies to ingredients from common products such as:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate – a harsh detergent
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate – same
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – foaming agent but in reality just another harsh detergent
- Salicylic Acid – it is used in acne care, skin care, and anti-aging products. It can cause allergic reactions since it can be really irritating
- Herbal extracts – yes, even plants can have side effects that can be irritating
- Heavily scented soaps
- Parabens – used as preservatives
When you’re dealing with heat, your skin will need something to cool it down. You need a lotion that will soothe your skin but won’t make it greasy. Go with something light such as aloe or Vaseline-based lotions that won’t feel heavy while keeping your skin moisturized.
The right cleanser
UV rays are at their peak during the summer heat, and that can cause your complexion to become dull and filled with those annoying sunspots (hyperpigmentation). That is why you’ll need a skin lightening cleanser that will help you slowly remove dirt from your skin and correct your complexion. Also, make sure the product is enriched with antioxidants in order to leave your skin glowing. And if your skin is too dry and sensitive, go with something gentle, such as bearberry or Niacinamide (vitamin B3).
Sun protection is the most important aspect of your summer skincare. Besides investing in a quality natural sunscreen you will use every day, a good idea would be to also invest in SPF-based makeup products. This way, you will provide your skin with a longer-lasting UV protection, and the key is in proper layering. Firstly, put on something hydrating with antioxidant properties, such as Vitamin C serum. Next, put on a thin layer of sunscreen and then, as a final step, put makeup on like you normally do.
During summer, you’re losing much more water and salt because of excessive sweating. And that loss leads to dryness, itchiness, and even rashes. This is why you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Summer means that you need to change your skincare regime to suit the weather. That is why, instead of a heavy moisturizer you use during winter months, you should switch to something water-based and non-greasy.
Do a patch test with your new products
This simple test can determine whether the new product you plan to use is going to be compatible with your skin. Firstly, wash the area on the inside of your arm thoroughly and dry it with a soft towel. Next, apply a small amount of the product with the help of a cosmetic pad and rub it onto your skin. Wait for 24 hours and examine the area for itching, redness or rash. If the skin is clear, the product is safe to use, and if you notice any irritation, note the ingredients of the product. This way, you’ll be able to cross-reference with other problematic products and make your list of unwanted ingredients.
Generally, creams are something you should be extra careful with, especially if, besides having a sensitive skin, you also have some other issues such as psoriasis. And in order to reduce all that irritation and redness, try keeping your skin hydrated. Every now and then, soak yourself in a warm bath with a mild soap, don’t stress about it (because stress will only make it worse) and don’t even think about scratching and picking.
Bonus: Dry summer skin
Even though the dry skin is associated with winter months, your skin can become dry due to wind and sun exposure. Avoid taking long, hot showers because this way you can snatch your skin’s natural oils away. You should also avoid rubbing your skin harshly with towels. Finally, always opt for moisturizing products and make sure they are packed with antioxidants in order to help your skin maintain its hydration and prevent dryness and cracks.
That would be it. If you have some more tips you would like to share, feel free to leave your comment in the comment section below.