Is your skin feeling hot and bothered this summer? Here’s how to keep it comfortable during a heatwave.
Everyone enjoys the warm days and balmy nights of summertime. A 2004 study by the University of Michigan even indicated that just 30 minutes outside in pleasant weather can elevate your mood. However, this year various parts of the United States experienced record-high temperatures during a heatwave that lasted from late June to mid-July 2021.
Not only can these extreme temperatures have an impact on your health – especially if you aren’t drinking enough water! – but on your skin as well. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that your epidermis is as comfortable as possible, even during a heatwave.
Apply (and reapply) sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen daily – and reapplying it every two hours – is the best defense against skin aging, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer. We should be wearing a broad-spectrum SPF daily, even in winter, to shield our skin from UV damage. In extremely hot weather, it’s even more crucial to be vigilant about applying it regularly throughout the day for maximum protection. For those with acne-prone skin, look for the term non-comedogenic on the bottle. This indicates that it won’t worsen your breakouts.
Stay in the shade
If you are able to stay inside or in the shade during a heatwave it can prevent you from experiencing the negative side effects of too much sun exposure, ranging from sunburn to heatstroke. Wear long but loose-fitting clothing to create a physical barrier between your skin and the harsh UV rays.
Keep it cool
During a heatwave, use your skincare to help you cool down! Most products, such as toners, moisturizers, and face masks, can be stored in a refrigerator for a cooling effect when you apply them. Keeping a facial mist in your purse or car can also help to keep your skin cool and hydrated while on the go.
Even the best of intentions don’t always go as planned. In the event that you or a loved one has been exposed to too much sun and has been burnt or has developed heat rash, move into the shade immediately. Then place a cool, damp towel to the affected area, apply a soothing aftersun gel and replenish your hydration levels.
The sun might have a positive impact on our state of mind but, without adequate precautions, it can wreak havoc on your complexion. Make sure that you keep yours cool and comfortable – especially during a heatwave! – for happy, healthy skin all year round.