It’s hay fever season. You’re sneezing uncontrollably, your eyes are streaming and now you’re experiencing summer skin problems. It’s a common nightmare and one you don’t have to suffer alone. And it’s not just summer, but all through the year. According to the Health Care Needs Assessment round 54% of the UK population experience a skin condition in a 12 month period. Skin rash treatment, dermatitis season and summer skin care are all popular search terms on Google.
We want to help you combat the seasonal skin irritations and maintain beautiful skin all year round. Discover common myths and misconceptions about skincare and how you need to protect your skin throughout the year.
It’s been a long, hot summer – but your skin stays cool
Sunburn: We know it, you know it – sunburn hurts and is so damaging to our skin. Do not neglect the suncream bottle, whether popping out to run errands or spending a day at the beach.
Oily Skin: Sweating throughout the day can make your skin incredibly oily. Dirt, makeup and even pollution can stick to your face for hours. Use a toner after cleansing and before moisturising to help prevent a build-up of oil.
Heat Rash: Super itchy and uncomfortable, it’s a rash that occurs when your sweat glands get blocked. Head for air conditioning, wash regularly and try to avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest parts of the day.
Acne Everywhere: Due to excessive sweating, dead skin cells and oil can build up on your chest and back, causing a breakout of spots or acne. Try exfoliating problem areas regularly and keep your hair off your back and shoulders to avoid more oil build up.
don’t give in to dryness
Dry Skin: When dry, cold winds pick up, the thin layer of oil that traps moisture on our skin quite literally blows away. You need to be moisturising twice a day to help prevent flare-ups of eczema and psoriasis.
Dandruff: Our skin reacts as soon as temperatures drop low in Autumn. Dandruff is a common result – it’s a chronic inflammatory skin condition that leaves us constantly scratching our heads. Use all natural hair products with no perfumes or scents. Tea Tree also helps to soothe dry, itchy skin.
Chapped Lips: It’s all down to moisture and the right lip balm. Some balms and lipsticks can actually dry out your lips even more. PawPaw lip balm isn’t just suitable for chapped lips, but also rashes, burns and lots more. We suggest keeping one handy for emergencies.
Dehydrated Skin: Symptoms aren’t always dry and flaky skin – it can even be oily. Your skin has been stripped of its naturally occurring sebum, causing it to feel tight and greasy. Embrace gentle products when cleansing and moisturising and make sure to completely clean your face before sleeping and applying makeup.
All year round
Stay Healthy: Regular exercise and a balanced, nutritious diet really do help keep your skin clear. Try a boxing class in an air-conditioned studio during the summer or sweat with a Bikram yoga class in the winter.
Drink Water: Water offers the best hydration there is. For glowing skin, all year round, drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
Fancy that boxing class we mentioned? Book it up on the Esquared app in just a few taps.