Hot weather? The following 5 steps help hydrate the skin

Hot weather with scorching sun is increasingly felt lately. This high air temperature not only makes the body uncomfortable, but also disturbs the health of the skin. One of the effects of hot weather on the skin is that it makes the skin very dry and loses moisture easily. Therefore, when the weather is hotter than usual, you need to take extra care of your skin so that your skin doesn't dry out.

Dry skin conditions not only make your face look dull, but can also make it easy for you to experience some skin problems, such as being easily inflamed and causing an itchy reaction on the skin, scaly skin, as well as peeling facial skin. The skin also becomes more sensitive so it is easy to experience irritation or bacterial infection. In addition, dry skin will also accelerate the appearance of skin aging symptoms, such as the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines due to loss of skin elasticity or elasticity.  

Even so, you don't need to worry, there are several steps that can keep your skin well hydrated even though the weather is hot.

  1. Increase consumption of water

When the weather is hot, the body tends to excrete more fluids through sweat. If it is not balanced with sufficient water consumption, the body will become dehydrated and the body's organs will not get enough fluid intake to function properly. A dehydrated body also makes the skin dry.  

When the weather is hot, you should not rely solely on thirst to drink water. You are advised to drink two glasses of water regularly every hour or make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

  1. Use moisturizer regularly

To deal with dry skin, you also can't miss using a moisturizer for your skin. Choose a moisturizer with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, ceramide , or lactic acid which provide extra moisture to the skin. Do this moisturizer routinely, at least twice a day, namely in the morning and at night before going to bed. You also need to choose a cream-shaped moisturizer that has an occlusive ability to prevent evaporation of moisture from the skin so that the cream can keep moisture on your skin.

  1. Protect skin with sunscreen

Apart from moisturizer, you also need to apply sunscreen , at least with an SPF of 30, on your skin to protect it from sun exposure. Use sunscreen 15 minutes before traveling or doing outdoor activities. For optimal protection, reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.

  1. Diligently use natural masks for the face

To deal with dry facial skin, you can make natural masks with ingredients you have at home. Some examples of ingredients that can be used as masks that are good for hydrating the skin are avocado and honey. For a more practical method, you can also use shooting gel made from aloe vera as a mask, the aloe content in it can hydrate the skin well.  

  1. Choose skin care products that are alcohol free

Avoid skin care products with high levels of alcohol, as alcohol can pull the oil on your skin out and make it drier. In addition, if you use facial care products that contain alcohol, the dermal layer on your skin can be damaged so that the skin becomes susceptible to irritation, infection and allergies.  

Research has also shown that ethanol , the type of alcohol often found in facial care products, can not only damage healthy skin cells but also cause apoptosis . Apoptosis itself is a condition in which skin cells decline and then die. Apoptosis and dehydration can reduce the skin's ability to fight inflammation and free radicals. This condition makes the skin wrinkled and sagging.

If you have taken the steps above but your skin is still dry, you can visit the Aesthetic Center at EMC Hospital. There, you can consult a dermatologist who will provide a complete safe and comfortable treatment solution for dry skin. Let's continue to take care of our skin health for a better quality of life. #LiveExcellently