Summer sun and warmer temperatures result in time in the open air, but often bring various assaults on our skin.
Our skin insulates us, protects us from germs and bacteria, regulates temperature and water loss and constantly renews itself. But it suffers if the weather is too hot and sunny, and needs some TLC to keep it healthy through the summer months.
Whether it’s treating sun-scorched, dehydrated or heat sensitive skin, or dealing with scrapes and grazes, it’s likely you and your family could do with some support for your skin this summer. Take a look at our tips to help you feel comfortable in the sun.
Keeping spots and acne at bay
When sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on your skin, it can clog your pores. So it’s important to pay extra attention to your skin care regime during the summer months to help prevent spots.
If you have acne-prone skin, summer sun can trigger breakouts. Wash the affected area morning and night with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water. Natural cleansers and astringents known to help treat spots include witch hazel and tea tree oil.
Wearing heavy make-up is likely to make the problem worse, so try to avoid this and instead opt for water-based products that are less likely to block your pores. Finally, resist the temptation to pick or squeeze spots, as this can spread bacteria and lead to further breakouts and scarring.
If you suffer with sunburn, prickly heat and hives
If you have sensitive skin, you may dread the temperatures rising, fearing the triple assault of sunburn, hives and prickly heat.
Everyone knows sunburn can be avoided by using effective SPF protection, covering up during the hottest hours of the day, or taking refuge in the shade. But it can still be easy to get caught out.
If you do feel the burn, a soothing lotion can help reduce this sensation and discomfort. Aqueous calamine or aloe vera are suitable options, and a cold shower might give some relief.
Hives, also known as urticaria, is a raised, red, itchy rash that can be triggered by heat. It’s usually mild in nature and can be treated with antihistamines tablets or topical creams which can help soothe itchy skin.
Prickly heat – tiny red bumps and blisters – may flare up if you start to sweat or are in a hot humid place. A cooling spray or a cold shower may soothe symptoms.
Treating minor cuts, grazes and scrapes
Cuts, grazes and scrapes can be more common during summer, when children play outside more often, or may be taking part in holiday activities.
Most minor cuts and grazes can be easily treated. Stop bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, and ensure you clean it thoroughly and you might wish to use an antiseptic cream before applying a plaster.
When dry and irritated skin strikes
When it’s hot and humid, skin can easily become dry and irritated – especially if you are spending your time between the sun, pool and air-conditioned rooms.
This can be particularly problematic if you or children are prone to eczema. Atopic eczema is the most common form, which occurs between the knees or the inner elbows and can make children feel miserable and embarrassed.
Your skin goes through a lot on holiday, so spend some time taking care of it. It’s a good idea to shower and shampoo immediately after getting out of the pool, using fresh, clean water and a mild body wash. Apply a moisturiser within five minutes of bathing, as it works by trapping moisture into your skin.
This blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding you or your family’s health.