Remedies for Common Summer Skin Problems
Your skin is blotchy, red and irritated skin and no amount of makeup will hide it
Anytime the skin’s barrier is damaged by environmental factors or products, it goes into protection mode causing an inflammatory response that leads to redness and sensitivity.
Red irritated skin is out of balance and needs to be treated gently – it’s the time when your skin it most fragile. Keep things basic.
- Wash with a gentle creamy cleanser
- Avoid hot water
- Use medium-weight moisturizer to hydrate the skin
- Apply aloe-based gel or cooling lotion to burned skin or if skin feels hot
- Use lotions containing ingredients like chamomile, calendula and carrot to give instant relief and begin the healing process.
- Skip using anything with Vitamin A, C or any retinoids – your skin to too delicate for that right now.
- Once the skin starts to return to normal, slowly start to work your regular products into your skincare routine.
See more useful information on Calming Sensitive Skin
Your skin is dry and flaking
Overuse of products, a harsh chemical peel, acid-based or alcohol-based skincare products.
Any time the skin has been abused with too many products or harsh products, it becomes compromised and stops functioning properly. Overusing ingredients like those associated with anti-aging or acne, or using a harsh chemical peel can lead drying and flaking. According to Diane Heinz, licensed Paramedical Esthetician, the skin often flakes after it has experienced some degree of inflammation.
- Change what you are doing until the skin returns to its normal state.
- Briefly switch to a gentle non-foaming, fragrance-free cleanser.
- Follow with a light lotion or serum to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Look for products with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.
- Skip drying toners – anything with alcohol in the formula will dry out the skin more.
See more information on how to Turn Dry Skin Into Healthy Skin
Your skin feels itchy, tight and completely out of balance
Whenever your skin feels tight and itchy, chances are your pH balance is off. The right pH balance is essential for healthy skin. Ideally it should be at ‘natural’ level which ranges between 4.5 and 5.5.
- Restore healthy pH levels in the skin through diet and correct product selection.
- Avoid products with alcohol, soaps and acids. Any time your skin tingles and feels tight after washing, your product is too harsh.
- Use a humidifier at night to add moisture to the air while you sleep – this helps rehydrate the skin.
- Make sure your diet includes plenty of essential fatty acids like salmon, flax seeds, walnuts and canola oil. You really are what you eat and a healthy diet shows in your skin. Learn more about Eating for Healthy Skin.