Practicing proper dry skin care can help your skin survive no matter the weather or season.
Summer's here. Our favorite TV shows are over for the season, we're off the
couch and out into the beautiful weather -- swimming, jet skiing, boating, or
just lying around on the beach soaking up the rays. It's also time to dig through
the bathroom cabinets for the sunscreens and the myriad of creams and lotions
we use to prevent the skin problems that inevitably accompany exposure to the
sun, the pool and the ocean. Unfortunately, most of those products are so loaded
with skin-drying chemicals they're apt to do more harm than good. A good, natural
dry skin care routine will help prevent those skin problems without causing
What do you need to protect your skin during the summer months? The first thing
is protection from the sun. While some exposure to the sun is healthy, too much
can cause leathery, dry skin, and skin cancer. Unfortunately, most sunscreens
cause exactly the same problems - they're usually loaded with chemicals that
not only dry the skin, they even stimulate tumor growth and the spread of cancer
cells. However, there are now several sunscreens on the market that don't dry
the skin, and don't cause cancer. Check the natural skin care section of your
local health food store, or peruse the Internet. It's also vital to apply a
shielding lotion under the sunscreen. A good shielding lotion bonds with the
outer layer of the skin to prevent the absorption of chemicals.
The next hazard is the water. In fact, dry skin is an occupational hazard for
pro swimmers, and a summer in the pool or ocean can create the same problem
for you. Chlorine dries the skin just as fast as the sun, and is a dangerous,
toxic chemical. The salt, while not as dangerous, is equally drying. Shielding
lotion will also help with these chemicals. Fortunately, a good shielding lotion
doesn't wash off easily so if you apply it before you jump in, you'll stay protected
while you're swimming.
Don't let dry skin and the fear of skin cancer ruin your summer fun. Use natural
dry skin care products that don't cause the same problems you're trying to prevent,
and you'll have a happy, healthy summer.