The harsh weather and constant exposure to central heating that come with winter are notorious for drying out skin. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a relief when the sun comes out. But although the moisture produced by summer humidity can stop your skin from feeling dry, the season of beaches and barbecues isn’t always your skin’s best friend. In fact, you might feel that your skin’s moisture levels are falling, especially on hot summer days when the humidity is low. What’s more, summer is the time when lots of body is on show, so the last thing you want is for your skin to look dry and flakey. The right body moisturising regime is important to keep your skin smooth, plump and hydrated, all summer long.
Why does skin get dry in summer?
1. Sun exposure
As well as increasing the skin aging process, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can dry out the skin. UVB rays can redden and burn your skin, while UVA rays penetrate deep into it, reducing moisture and causing sagging and wrinkles. Sunscreen is essential, not just on your face but on any part of your body that’s exposed to the sun. Look for moisturising sunscreen that includes protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Skin sensitivity
Pollen and other summer allergens can make your skin itchy and red.
3. Air conditioning
Although it can help you feel cooler when the temperature soars, air conditioning is a major culprit when it comes to drying out skin in the summer. It affects the oils on your skin, making it dry and dehydrated. It also stops you sweating – one of the things that keeps you cool in summer. Keep the air conditioning turned down low and avoid long exposure to it if you can.
4. Travelling by plane
Jetting off on holiday? Look out for dry skin as the low humidity in the plane strips oils from your skin.
As well as cooling you off, sweat helps to moisturise your skin by activating sebum. But you can become dehydrated if you don’t replace what you lose in perspiration by drinking fluids.
You'll often find yourself spending more time in the water during summer. But the chlorine found in swimming pools can irritate your skin, stripping it of its natural oils. Swimming in salt water can also cause dry, itchy skin. To protect your skin, make sure you shower immediately after swimming.
7. Hair Removal
Smooth skin is a summer must-have – but shaving can irritate your skin and make it dry.
How body moisturising can help
Body moisturising can help protect your skin from summer dehydration, forming a barrier against the season’s moisture-sapping chlorine and air conditioning. It can also help replenish moisture that’s been lost, preserving your skin’s softness and making it look hydrated and radiant.
- Apply your body moisturiser after a shower, allowing it to lock in some of the water on your damp skin.
- Long hot showers are tempting, but avoid them in favour of lukewarm ones. That way, hot water won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
- Pat rather than rub your skin dry before you moisturise, and don’t dry it completely – apply the moisturiser immediately while your skin is still a little bit damp.