Healing Your Skin After Summer

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No matter where you live, it’s likely that you experienced a particularly hot summer this year. Chances are, in addition to the stress of extra heat, your skin was exposed to more sun than usual as well. While there is no substitute for good sun protection, the good news for those who have suffered environmental damage from sun exposure is that there are a number of things we can do to heal our skin after the effects of summer.

Here is a list of some of the most common skin ailments we suffer after summer and how to best treat them.

  • Sunburn

    Almost everyone has experienced the redness and inflammation that comes from direct overexposure to the sun. The level of discomfort, and damage done, can range from a slight irritation to a life-threatening burn. The best treatment, of course, is prevention. Make sure that anytime you go outside you are wearing a sunscreen of SPF 15 or highersunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Wear hats and stay in the shade when outdoors for long periods of time. If your sunburn prevention methods failed (or you failed to use them), the key is to act quickly. If you start to feel like your skin is burning, get out of the sun immediately or cover up. That sunburn feeling means that the cumulative damage from exposure has reached the point at which your body is trying to protect itself. If you are already feeling the burn while still in the sun, you’re actually just feeling the start of the damage and recovery cycle and you’re probably going to feel even worse. Once your skin has been burned, take a cool bath or shower to ease the burning sensation and to help control some of the inflammation. Keep your skin lightly moisturized. As it recovers, and it is no longer hot to the touch, you can use heavier moisturizers and moisturizers with a treatment ingredient, like Vitamin C, can help to speed things along. Sunburns usually lead to dehydration, so remember to hydrate with plenty of water-rich fruits and vegetables.

  • Dry Hands

Chapped hands and fingers can be a painful side effect of dry, air conditioned houses during the summer months. To heal chapped hands quickly, I recommend using a rich moisturizing lotion every one to two hours. Look for one that contains humectants to attract moisture to the skin and emollients to trap moisture in the skin. And give your chapped hands a break by wearing gloves when you wash dishes to avoid exposure to hot water and harsh dish soap.Chapped hands and fingers can be a painful side effect of dry, air conditioned houses during the summer months. To heal chapped hands quickly, I recommend using a rich moisturizing lotion every one to two hours. Look for one that contains humectants to attract moisture to the skin and emollients to trap moisture in the skin. And give your chapped hands a break by wearing gloves when you wash dishes to avoid exposure to hot water and harsh dish soap.

  • Cracked Heels

Wearing sandals and flip-flops during the summer season often leads to cracked heels. Minor cracked heels can be fixed at home with a few easy adjustments such as wearing closed toed shoes with socks, putting a thick lotion or balm on heels every night before bed, using a pumice stone in the shower and eating water-rich foods to keep cells healthy and hydrated.

  • Flaky Scalp

Sunburn or sun damage to the scalp can be painful and can lead to flaking and peeling. I always recommend putting sunscreen where your hair naturally parts and wearing a hat when outdoors. But if it’s too late to prevent your burn, treating it with some at home remedies may help. Try a chamomile or green tea rinse on your scalp followed by applying Aloe Vera or a gentle moisturizer to the burn area. Also try not to make things worse–stay out of the sun and avoid heat styling tools until your scalp has healed.

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These tips are by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.

Source : Murad

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