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Combat dehydrated summer skin
October 7, 2015, 11:59 am

Beyond nasty breakouts and excessive oiliness, summer can do some unsavory things to your skin—like making it feel and look as dry as the Sahara. Between the scorching sun and harsh product ingredients, it is easier than ever for your visage to feel parched. But it is possible to have the fresh, dewy skin you have always dreamed of if you follow these tips.

Know what to look for: The key signs of dry skin during summer may actually surprise you. Dehydrated skin can look flaky, red and dull, and it can also feel itchy and taut, plus extremely dry skin can crack.

Read your labels carefully: What is in your products is equally as important as what they promise to deliver. If you want to add extra moisture, always go for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, argan oil, green tea, vitamins A, C and E, Co Enzyme Q, and aloe vera. You should also stay away from products containing harsh chemicals, which can zap moisture.

Think about long-term effects:  When your skin is dehydrated, it is not at the optimal level to protect itself against fine lines and wrinkles. The fundamental overall health and well-being of your skin is highly dependent on skin being properly hydrated. When skin is dehydrated, not only does it look and feel uncomfortable, all the key functions of your skin may be compromised, leading to premature aging and skin that lacks a healthy appearance.

Incorporate a serum into your routine: When your skin feels dry and tight, your first reaction might be to grab your favorite face lotion—but you might want to reconsider.  A moisturizer is your quick fix but it is better to invest in a good serum.  A serum will do the majority of the hard work in your skincare line-up.  Most serums are designed to penetrate the skin easily and can target almost any concern you may have including moisture retention.

Minimize time in the sun: Sun exposure can lead to dry skin, especially when you are not wearing sunscreen. Using a moisturizer with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or greater such can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and reduce your chances of drying out your skin.

Use a toner and exfoliate:  A toner is meant to rebalance the PH levels in the skin that were most likely depleted due to a harsh cleanser. Most cleansers are not overly aggressive or stripping to the skin when using one suited to your specific skin type. However, incorporating a form of exfoliation to remove dry, dead skin buildup will allow your products to work at a more optimal level on the skin.

Consider taking a supplement: A balanced diet and supplements are important for your skin as well as your overall health. Supplements such as fish oils containing essential nutrients associated with generating and maintaining hydration. They are also known to have positive effects to the overall health of our skin and body. These effects can only further support any topical hydrators and moisturizers.

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