Most of us live in hot weather during the summer months and higher outdoor temperatures require special skin care. There are several groups of people who have special skin care concerns during hot weather months including the very young, the elderly and those suffering from skin ailments.
Many good articles appear each year on the topic of summer skincare. Those of us who enjoy being outside during the summer can glean many useful tips by reading these articles. Amy Anderson writes about the dangers that skin can encounter during the summer months in her article, Soothe Your Summer Skin Problems published in the UK online magazine, skinmagazine. Written in 2007, the points she makes are still relevant today. She writes about protecting skin from bug bites by using insect repellents and by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. She talks about sun damage that occurs as a result of solar radiation. She explains that to treat sunburn the skin must be cooled and the inflammation reduced. Her article also talks about other summer skin problems like cold sores, skin reactions to plant poisons, the special skin conditions that can be aggravated in the summer months such as eczema and also acne stimulated by sweating.
We have all heard about summer skin tips such as avoiding the strong rays by wearing protective clothing and hats. We all know about sun protection lotions and that we should drink lots of water because our skin needs water. What we may not be aware of are the common skin problems that can be aggravated during the hot months of summer such as acne, sun spots, rosacea, rashes, sunburn and eczema. To prevent or treat summer acne it is important to wash your skin especially your chest and back daily. Avoid wearing clothing that could irritate back and chest acne and wear oil-free sunscreen.
Limiting your sun exposure can minimize Sun spots. by avoiding purposeful tanning and by understanding that certain drugs like antibiotics, birth control pills and hormonal supplements increases skin photosensitivity and can be linked to increased skin pigmentation that causes sun spots. It is crucial to limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., protect skin from sun exposure when you are outside, and pay attention to drugs that you use.
Address skin rashes and inflammation a doctor, keep skin clean and dry and wear loose fitting clothing to help guard against skin irritation.
Babies and young children face many skin care problems during the summer including bug stings, insect bites, sunburn, and rashes. Early exposure to too much sun can lead to skin cancer in the future so parents and other guardians should protect babies and children from too much sun exposure. According to an article by Jeanie Lerche Davis in WebMD called, Summer Skin Care for Kids, “severe sunburns in children younger than age 18 doubles the risk for melanoma later in life”.
The elderly are prone to many skin conditions as they age because skin changes with age becomes thinner, more transparent, can bruise easily, is dry and can contain moles or pre-cancerous growths. The elderly face many skin conditions such as wrinkles, facial lines, dry skin, age spots, bedsores, and skin cancer as a result of sun exposure.
The elderly should avoid tanning booths, sunlamps and over exposure to the sun. It is critical to examine the skin for changes in moles or new skin growths and to have them checked out by a medical professional. Wearing a hat and other protective clothing while outside can also protect the skin of the elderly from the damaging rays of the sun.
Sunburn is the major concern during the hot summer months. Effective treatment for sunburn includes keeping the affected area cool by applying cold compresses, keeping it moist by applying moisturizing creams or aloe, by leaving blisters intact, and relieving pain by taking anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Never give aspirin to children or teens. It is important to continue to use moisturizers while your skin heals and peels from a sunburn. To prevent sunburns cover all exposed skin while outside by wearing lightweight, loose clothing with long-sleeves and by wearing long pants. If skin is to be exposed to the sun use dermatologist approved sun lotion. It is also important to stay in the shade whenever possible and limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There are many excellent books written on the topic of skin care including The Skin Care Answer Book by Mark Lees, The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel and Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin by Ellen Marmur and Gina Way.
Skin Magazine Soothe Your Summer Skin Problems Amy Anderson http://www.skinmagazine.co.uk/summer_skin_problems_solutions_60
WebMD health & parenting Summer Skin Care for Kids Jeanie Lerche Davis http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/summer-skin-care-kids
WebMD Skin Problems & Treatments Guide; Skin Conditions: Elderly Skin Conditions http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/elderly-skin-conditions
MayoClinic Sunburn http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunburn-treatment/an01423