Essential Summer Skincare Tips for the UAE.
Our skin acts as the primary barrier protecting us from environmental stressors. However, during the summer, whether we stay indoors or outdoors, our skin in the UAE is particularly susceptible to various conditions due to the intense heat and sun. In this blog, titled “Essential Summer Skincare Tips for the UAE,” we will discuss common skin conditions that occur in summer and provide you with effective measures to prevent them.
The mix of sweat, bacteria, and oils on our skin can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts, especially for those with acne-prone skin. To prevent acne, dermatologists recommend the following:
- Gently blot sweat from your skin using a clean towel or cloth, as wiping can irritate the skin.
- Use non-comedogenic and oil-free products on your face, neck, back, and chest.
Dry, irritated skin:
Despite the hot and humid outdoor air, dry and irritated skin can still occur, often due to sun exposure, pool water, and air conditioning. Here are some tips to combat dryness and irritation:
- After swimming, immediately shower with fresh water and use a mild cleanser or body wash designed for swimmers.
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors, with SPF 30+ and water resistance.
- Use a gentle cleanser instead of antibacterial or deodorant soaps, as they can dry out the skin.
- Take showers and baths in warm, not hot, water.
- Moisturize with a fragrance-free moisturizer within 5 minutes of showering or bathing.
Infected hair follicles can result in folliculitis, causing itchy and tender bumps resembling pimples. To reduce the risk of folliculitis:
- Change out of tight workout clothes and shower immediately after exercising.
- Be cautious when using hot tubs or whirlpools, ensuring proper acid and chlorine levels.
- Opt for lightweight and loose-fitting clothing in hot and humid weather.
Exposure to sunlight can make melasma, characterized by brown to gray-brown patches on the face, more noticeable. Here are some tips for managing melasma during the summer:
- Wear sun-protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats.
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
Prickly heat (or heat rash):
Prickly heat occurs when sweat glands become blocked, leading to a rash and itchy bumps. To prevent prickly heat:
- Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothes made of cotton.
- Exercise during cooler parts of the day or in air-conditioned environments.
- Keep the skin cool with fans, cool showers, and air-conditioning.
This itchy rash, also known as pica-pica, develops when jellyfish or sea anemone larvae get trapped between the skin and swimwear. To prevent seabather’s eruption:
- Avoid swimming in infested waters, indicated by signs or recent cases of rashes.
- Take precautions by wearing appropriate swimwear and gear.
Some individuals can develop hives and allergic reactions when exposed to the sun. To prevent sun allergies:
- Check medication labels for any sun sensitivity warnings.
- Seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Sunburn not only spoils summer fun but also increases the risk of skin cancer. Follow these preventive measures:
- Seek shade whenever possible and wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants.
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ and water resistance.
Seek Expert Consultation at Lifecare Hospital
Taking care of your skin during the summer is crucial to avoid common skin conditions and maintain its health and appearance. By following the preventive measures mentioned above, you can enjoy the season without worrying about skin issues. If you need professional guidance or treatment for any dermatological concerns, we invite you to visit the dermatology department at Lifecare Hospital. Our team of expert dermatologists will provide you with personalized care and solutions to keep your skin in its best condition. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment and experience exceptional dermatological care at Lifecare Hospital. Your skin deserves the best!