As the temperature heats up, you might be tempted to skip moisturizing your skin. Using moisturizer is a given during the winter months, since heated air can dry out your skin. However, it’s still important to keep your skin well-hydrated, even during heat waves in summer. Find out more about why you should continue to moisturize your skin when it’s hot out.
Benefits of Moisturizing Your Skin
Keeping your skin moisturized on a regular basis throughout the year offers some important benefits. These include the following:
- Provides a more youthful appearance: Moisturizing your skin helps keep it looking young and fresh. The skin on your face is highly vulnerable to becoming dry, but keeping it hydrated helps ensure that it stays healthy.
- Keeps wrinkles and fine lines at bay: Moisturizing your skin on a regular basis significantly reduces your risk of having fine lines and wrinkles form. Having dry skin consistently increases the risk of developing these signs of aging.
- Lowers your risk of acne and other skin problems: Using moisturizer helps prevent your skin from getting either too oily or too dry, which raises the risk of skin problems. Keeping your skin clean and hydrated throughout the summer means that you shouldn’t have to deal with blemishes.
- Hides other blemishes: If you already deal with skin blemishes, keep in mind that moisturizing your skin helps conceal their appearance. Keeping your skin hydrated gives it a healthy sheen that makes skin blemishes less visible.
Best Time to Use Moisturizer
While it’s important to moisturize your skin every day, doing so at the right time helps you enjoy the benefits it provides even more. Ideally you should be moisturizing your skin as soon as you’re done drying off after stepping out of the shower or bath. Doing so at this time helps restore hydration that hot water removes. Since your skin is still slightly damp, the moisturizer is also able to penetrate it more easily. You should also use moisturizer on your face after finishing your cleansing routine at the end of the day. Keep in mind that you can also apply moisturizer before putting on foundation.
What Type of Moisturizer to Use
What kind of moisturizer should you use on your skin? There are many kinds available, but not all of them will provide you with the best results. The type that will work best for you depends on different factors, such as your skin type and age.
- Normal skin type: Choose a water-based moisturizing product that won’t leave your face feeling oily or greasy
- Oily skin type: If this is your skin type, then you’re more prone to having acne and other skin problems when it’s hot out. Applying a light moisturizing product can help lower your risk of having these skin problems.
- Dry skin type: If your skin tends to be dry, even in summer, choose an oil-based moisturizer or a petroleum-based moisturizing product. These products provide your skin with the right amount of hydration to prevent dryness.
- Sensitive skin type: If scented products or dyes in moisturizer bother your skin, choose a moisturizer that’s designed for sensitive skin. These products might contain aloe vera or other ingredients that are gentle on skin and soothe irritation.
- Aging skin: Aging skin is more likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles, especially when it’s dry. Choose an oil-based or petroleum-based moisturizer that has antioxidants in it to keep skin looking healthy.
If your skin could use some extra care this spring or summer, please contact Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists to schedule an appointment.