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Skin Care in Hot Weather

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author image Bridget Coila
Bridget Coila specializes in health, nutrition, pregnancy, pet and parenting topics. Her articles have appeared in Oxygen, American Fitness and on various websites. Coila has a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati and more than 10 years of medical research experience.
Skin Care in Hot Weather
Three women sit on a dock with refreshments on a summer day. Photo Credit Steve Hix/Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Skin-care needs during the hot summer months are different from the routine you use in the winter. From increased acne to the dangers of the sun's UV rays, protecting, hydrating and nourishing the skin during hot weather conditions can be a daunting task. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to keep the skin looking lovely all summer long.

Sunscreen

Hot weather generally means sunshine, and wearing sunscreen is probably the most important thing you can do to protect skin from the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you are sweating a lot or doing activities in water. Choosing a higher SPF gives added protection for a longer period of time from damaging UV rays, but if the day is extremely hot, sweating all of the sunscreen off could be a possibility.

Perspiration

Perspiration can cause skin issues, such as heat rash, so combating sweat should be a priority. Frequent washing can help prevent a buildup of sweat that could lead to a rash, but choose a gentle cleanser that won't dry out or irritate the skin.

Breakouts

Skin tends to be more prone to breakouts in hot weather, so it’s a good idea to take precautionary measures to prevent acne flare-ups. Acne mechanica is a particular kind of acne common in hot weather. This condition occurs when high temperatures combine with repetitive rubbing, such as under a sports helmet, and acne erupts in that location on the skin. Washes and topical creams or lotions containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help prevent and treat hot-weather-induced breakouts of all types.

Hydration

One way to keep skin healthy in hot weather is by treating it from the inside out. Keeping the body well hydrated can prevent skin from succumbing to the drying effects of summer heat. You should also be using a daily moisturizer that is oil-free to help keep skin from becoming dehydrated. Some moisturizers are heat or sun activated, making them a perfect choice for hot days.

Preventative Treatments

Prevention may well be the key to skin care in the summer heat. Exfoliation can rid the skin surface of dead skin cells, heading off clogged pores. Taking a daily multivitamin can boost antioxidants in the body that keep skin healthy and protected from the heat.

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