Summer Skin Care

With summer comes the sun, which is great because after months indoors, your skin could probably use a little natural color.  But with it comes sunburn, heat rash, bug bites, and dehydration.  Below, find some tips to prevent or manage these issues you’re almost bound to face.

Sunburn

Obviously the best bit of advice is to wear sunscreen but sometimes, we fail at this whether it be forgetting to reapply or not realizing the sun was so strong on a cloudy day.  Cool sunburned skin with an aloe gel or lotion.  Be sure to moisturize to prevent peeling and keep the skin nourished!

Heat rash

This will sincerely be the death of me.  There is nothing worse than heat so uncomfortable it causes heat rash.  Not only is it irritating and itchy but it makes it impossible to sleep or even function.  Keep your showers cool and an ice pack in the freezer for when you need it.  Also, some icy water or lemonade can help to cool you off and soothe the rash.

Bug bites

DO NOT ITCH.  Courtesy of Healthline, here are ten tips to tame the itch!

  1. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol. If you catch the bite soon after the mosquito bites you, quickly wipe the bite with rubbing alcohol. …
  2. Apply honey on the bite.
  3. Take an oatmeal bath.
  4. Use a cold tea bag.
  5. Make a basil rub.
  6. Take over-the-counter antihistamines.
  7. Use ointments containing lidocaine or benzocaine.
  8. Apply aloe vera.
  9. Mild corticosteroid cream

  10. Dilute minced garlic

Dehydration

Dehydration is a problem you can face at any time in the year but especially in the summer.  With the heat, sweating is a quick way to lose water and increase dehydration risk.  Luckily, with such a common problem is a simple fix.  Carry a bottle of water around with you and sip throughout the day.  And remember, don’t just drink when you’re thirsty!  Set water goals throughout the day to keep your intake fluid.

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