Summer temperatures are finally here, and while we all love a good beach day or pool party, our skin and hands don't always feel the same way. The extreme heat during summer can take a toll on our skin, causing dehydration, premature aging, and some uncomfortable conditions. Here are some of the effects on skin and hands related to the high temperatures, along with tips on how to protect them.
Summer heat increases the rate at which we sweat, leading to dehydration. When the body loses water, the skin also loses moisture, making it appear dry, dull, and flaky. In severe cases, dehydration can cause cracking and peeling, leaving the skin vulnerable to irritations and infections.
To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Sunscreens with a high moisturizing factor can also help prevent moisture loss and keep your skin properly hydrated. Treating your skin to a daily routine using Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream is key to rehydrating and moisturizing your sun ravaged skin.
Summer months mean we spend more time outside, which leads to increased exposure to harmful UV rays. These rays can damage the skin and cause premature aging. Common effects of sun damage include sunburn, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer.
To avoid sun damage, wear a hat and protective clothing, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVA and UVB rays. You can also use antioxidant-rich skincare products, which can help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals caused by sun exposure.
Heat rash, also called prickly heat, is a common condition during summer. It typically occurs when sweat glands become blocked, and excess sweat is trapped beneath the skin, leading to an itchy, red rash. Heat rashes commonly develop in areas where clothing is tight or in skin folds.
To prevent heat rash, wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes, and shower frequently to rinse away sweat. Use a good moisturizer like Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream which will also protect your hands from harsh chemicals and plant oils such as Poison Oak.
Dry and Cracked Hands
Frequent hand washings and hand sanitizers can cause dryness and cracking of the skin on the hands, especially when exposed to high temperatures. The loss of natural oils can lead to painful and itchy hands.
To prevent dry and cracked hands, use gentle, fragrance-free hand washes and hand sanitizers. Moisturize your hands with products containing dimethicone like Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream which will trap moisture and soothe your dry skin. Try to avoid using very hot water while washing your hands and drying your hands off well.
Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the warm weather, but don't forget to protect your skin and hands from the harmful effects of high temperatures. By staying hydrated, using sunscreen, dressing appropriately, and using skincare products that keep your skin moisturized, you can enjoy your summer without any worry. So stay protected and enjoy your summer!