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If you’re on the east coast right now, chances are it’s hot and you’re miserable. Those of you in the Southwest and South probably already know this, but you need to take special care of your skin in the extreme heat. Whether it’s cold and dry or hot and humid, an area’s climate can really affect the skin all over your body, causing everything from acne breakouts to itchy dry patches. Extremes in weather — both hot and cold — can exacerbate some existing skin conditions or even cause new ones.

We’ll be focusing on what to do when the weather is hot in this post. Stay tuned for what to do with your skin when the weather is cold.

Sunscreen

 

Regardless of the humidity, using sunscreen is so important. The sun’s rays cause about 90% of injury to the skin, which means sagging, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, thickening, and general signs of aging. Sunscreen works by blocking/reflecting the harmful rays that cause sunburns and skin damage.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate 

This can help prevent breakouts! When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Also, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to breakouts. This gets worse in hot climates. You sweat more, causing more oil. This means that you’re more likely to breakout, especially if you’re not getting rid of dead skin cells and oil by exfoliating.

Check out our post “5 Easy Ways to Step Up Your Skincare Game” for a recipe for a sugar scrub.

Pro tip: If you’re prone to bacne and heat rash, try dry brushing. Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, which prevents clogged pores. Like bacne, heat rash occurs when sweat ducts get closed off, trapping the moisture under the skin and leading to a rash.

For redness and puffiness, try a cold mask 

Heat causes redness and inflammation. That’s why if you go outside for a while, you come back inside flushed and sometimes puffy. You can put a sheet mask in your fridge and apply that to your face, or you could buy a hot/cold gel bead mask. Cold will reduce inflammation, which causes redness and puffiness.

Hydration 

Heat makes you sweat more, which can make you dehydrated. Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough. Drink water to help the epidermis get the water it needs. In addition, if you live in a dry climate, consider getting a humidifier.