As we pull out the shorts and sleeveless dresses, some of us will signal more than summer’s arrival: we’ll show just how much desert living can leave us with dry skin.
To counter flaky, scaly skin, the experts at Affiliated Dermatology share this advice:
1. Drink plenty of water
· The more water you drink, the more likely your skin cells will stay hydrated.
· The old rule of thumb was to drink 64 ounces per day (roughly equal to a two-liter bottle) but it really depends on your size and activities. A better goal may be to drink between a half-ounce and one ounce for every pound you weigh. So, a 140-pound person would aim for between 70 and 140 ounces of water per day.
2. Avoid long, hot showers
· Too much hot water can strip away skin’s natural oils. Try lukewarm instead and limit showers to ten minutes.
· Immediately after bathing, pat skin (don’t rub skin rub dry) and apply moisturizer to lock in water.
3. Use correct products
· Some cleansers may be too harsh and strip your skin’s natural barrier.
· Avoid products that contain alcohol, which can be drying. Opt for a mild, noncomedogenic cleanser, which is formulated to not block pores.
· It may be tempting to slather on a heavy moisturizer but depending on your skin, a lighter, hydrating lotion may be more beneficial during summer.
· Using scrubs to slough off dry, dead cells can increase blood circulation, unclog pores and improve skin appearance.
· Exfoliation can also help skincare products penetrate more deeply.
5. Wear Sunscreen
· Every day, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
· Most adults need about one ounce (equivalent to a shot glass) to cover their body.
· Cover all exposed skin, including neck, ears, and top of head.
· Reapply every two hours when outdoors and immediately after swimming or sweating.
6. Protect Lips
· Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.
· Consider natural balms to moisturize and hydrate like beeswax and extra virgin olive oil.
· To prevent drying, avoid licking lips.
7. Towel off
· Alcohol-free facial wipes can provide a quick cleanse without drying out skin.
· Some wipes focus on cleansing while others have moisturizing formulas.
Submitted by: Affiliated Dermatology
Affiliated Dermatology is led by Arizona physicians dedicated to Arizona patients. Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Richard L. Averitte, Jr., Affiliated Dermatology has grown to eight locations providing skin cancer prevention and treatment, medical and aesthetic dermatology services, and allergy testing. In 2011, Affiliated Dermatology created a residency program to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to help meet Arizona’s increased demand. In addition, Affiliated Dermatology has its own, in-house CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory. Dr. Averitte also established the Arizona Skin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial aid to people with skin cancer who cannot afford treatment. www.affderm.com