Problem 1: Dehydration
As air heats up and humidity swells it's easy for dehydration to creep up on you quietly and suddenly with devastating results for your skin and body.
How does that happen.
Reason: Ignoring your thirst or forgetting to drink
Result: Dry, itchy skin, fine lines (not to mention brain fog, muscle cramps, irritability, reduced cognitive function, reduced physical performance, and over time - looming kidney and cardio-vascular problems, etc.)
Fact: Your blood is 85% water, your muscles 80% water, your brain 75% water and your bones are 25% water. So replenishing water is supremely important for health and beauty - and so easy to achieve!
Surprisingly thirst drive may decrease in higher humidity and it also decreases with age.
Solution: With this in mind, keep up your hydration game! Let thirst be your guide to how much water you need to drink on a day-to-day basis. Drink a glass of water every hour or more if it's too hot out. If you feel thirsty it means you have already lost a few percent of your body's fluids! So specialists recommend hydrating yourself even before you start feeling thirsty.
You can also use the color of your urine to determine hydration levels. If it is a deep, dark yellow then you are not drinking enough fluids. A pale yellow color is a sign of adequate hydration. Just remember that synthetic vitamin B2 (taken as part of multi-vitamin formula or separately) will turn your urine a bright yellow. If you want to use urine color as your primary hydration indicator, choose a natural, non-synthetic formula, there are some available on the market today.
Problem 2: Sun damage
Vitamin D's natural source is the sun at noon - and you are welcome to enjoy it safely for 10-15 minutes. But there is no need to expose your face to it. Your face and neck are exposed to elements all year round so you might as well open to the sun the parts that are usually not exposed (within the cultural limits).
Reason: Sunbaking for the coveted tanned look
We won't argue about aesthetics, it's all personal. Let's just look at it from the health and aging prospective.
Result: It's been determined by researchers that excessive sunbaking negatively impacts skin's health and appearance, and we are talking about premature aging, damaged collagen, sagging, premature fine lines, dryness and thinning, and the possibility of skin cancer.
Solution: Stay indoors during UV peak hours and use sunscreen (preferably mineral-based, not chemical-based) or protective clothing when venturing out. Don't be fooled by cloudy days - you can get a burn with 100% cloud cover!
Also, avoid all citrus oils (except sweet orange), retinol and AHA, BHA before going in the sun to avoid sunburns.
If you do get sunburn, use natural remedies like aloe, organic hydrosols and rosehip oil to help skin recover.
Problem 3: Insufficient Moisturization
It feel like you don't need to moisturize as much in higher humidity. And while you can get away with lighter moisturizers, you still need to use them especially if you are using dehumidifiers indoors. Because
Moisturization is also related to the problem of sunbaking - it severely dehydrates skin and requires a very robust moisturizer to repair damage. Rosehip oil has a proven track record in improving scars, stretch marks and repairing skin's appearance.
Rosehip Oil is also a component in Thesis' Recovery Serum for dry skin. Dry skin generally starts feeling less thirsty in summer. However, people tend to use harsher cleansers in summer in order to get rid of excessive sebum and sweat, so this in turn dehydrates skin. So choose your cleanser wisely regardless of the season and do not dump your moisturizer because your skin still needs emollients and nourishing vitamins for the glowing, healthy look.
Masking - may be still required in some places or some people might prefer to mask out of caution. Please use safety rules with masking to avoid or minimize the following issues:
- do not wear a mask for more than 2 hours at a time to avoid bacterial build-up that you will breath in
- change the mask immediately after sneezing or coughing into it
- do not re-use masks made for single use - they shed lint which you breathe in
- take mask breaks to avoid maskcne among other things - moisture and bacteria trapped between mask and skin create an environment for acne and various irritations. If you do get maskcne, be sure to use our Acne & Problem collection to quickly fix the problem.
- choose reusable cotton masks that are easy to wash and are more hygienic
Take control of your healthy beauty and enjoy your summer!