Summer is not everyone’s favorite season. This is that time of the year when our skin starts needing a lot of attention and care and we as procrastinators try and run away from the extra work. Our skin requirements change as the weather changes.
As the day proceeds and the sun comes over our heads, the heat gets more and more unbearable and this can lead to many skin problems like sunburns, irritation, patches, and many major problems as well.
Dermatologists have suggested keeping extra care of your skin during summers and have given us many ways to avoid common daily life skin problems.
Why is hydration important?
Our skin is made up of three layers
Epidermis (the outer layer)
Dermis (the underlying skin)
It is very important to keep the outermost layer, the epidermis, well-moisturized else the skin will start feeling rough and might even lose its elasticity.
With the lack of hydration, your skin might start feeling dry, flaky, red, inflamed, itchy, and even promote fine lines and wrinkles due to the shrinking of skin cells. It loses its softness and starts giving an unhealthy outlook.
Methods to hydrate your skin
Here are some ways recommended by dermatologists to keep your skin hydrated:
Moisturize: When you come out after a bath, you should immediately apply a moisturizer to your skin to lock in as much moisture as possible while the pores are still open. This will help avoid dryness of skin and keep your skin a fresh look.
Drink water: Throughout the day, an average individual should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water to retain the correct hydration level that our body requires.
Diet rich in essential fatty acids: Some foods like walnuts, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, and salmon are rich in essential fatty acids, and they help in keeping your skin rejuvenated by keeping the hydration levels high.
Have lukewarm water for bathing: Many people bathe in very hot water and deprive their skin of essential oils in the process without even realizing it. It is always preferred to take baths with lowered temperatures as this can help in keeping your skin hydrated.
Turn down your ACs: There are gadgets in our house that deprive our skin of its hydration — our air conditioners. Excessive use of these air-conditioners can leave our skin dry, irritated, and itchy as they steal moisture from your skin. 30 to 50 percent humidity level is optimal for healthy skin and these devices hinder these levels. If need be, turn down your ACs to keep your skin supple and moist.
Our skin is very sensitive and needs tremendous care, especially during summers when it loses its moisture very easily.
You can prevent your skin from dryness and adverse conditions by taking some simple steps like drinking water, eating the right foods, and moisturizing it from time to time. Hydration is key for healthy and glowing skin.