Texas heat has come to stay for a few months, makes me miss Vermont with its cool evenings and mornings. My skin is no longer pale but has a coppery tone to it after years of being in the North East. With this being said is heat and sun good for me or is there a happy medium? In this blog, I will attempt to hit on different points of view and how to care for your skin if the weather is hot and the sun is bright no matter where you live.
As always moisture is the key to keeping your skin looking great. Humidity and heat make us perspire causing us to lose moisture from our bodies through the skin. Which can lead to heat stroke, heat rash, dry skin, wrinkles, and many other skin related issues. You will need to keep extra hydrated during the hot months to avoid these issues. This can be done through any liquids with water being your best source. Against common belief, our body is not stupid and can take water out of any beverage we consume that has water in it. However, with that being said beverages with caffeine and alcohol in them will remove moisture from the body. This means the body has been instructed to throw off moisture not retain it. Drinking fruit drinks will raise your sugar level so those also must be watched for the amount we consume. Sports drinks are high in electrolytes and sugars and can help keep the body hydrated in moderation. The key to keeping our body and skin hydrated is to use common sense and moderation then our bodies will do the rest.
It would seem that sweat or perspiration would make our skin moist and protected but that only enhances the sun rays on our skin. Water can act like a magnifying glass on our skin causing use to get hotter or burn. It also allows our bodies to lose moisture and salts when you are perspiring. Your body is trying to cool itself down something like when a dog pants. Pay attention to your bodies signs and try to stay in cool shady locations when the sun is at its hottest.
Heat can also make those with oily skin have more breakouts of acne due to the heat causing the pores to become clogged when losing moisture.
Heat rash is usually only last a few days but can look sightly and can be annoying. This is caused when the sweat pores become plugged. If you experience a fever, chills, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing you may have heat stroke and need to seek immediate medical attention for heat stroke. If not treat heat stroke can be life threating. You can get heat stroke even if you are drinking while you are in the heat. So know your body and pay attention.
Your skin is your first defense for your body against heat, bacteria and many other things. Remember to treat it well and it will treat you well. Don’t hide under a rock because of fear that you may get skin cancer, heat stroke, heat rash or acne. I have known people that did this and still had one or more these issues. So let the sun kiss your skin and soak up the heat just remember sunscreen, shade, and water are your friends.