An itchy dose of poison ivy or a painful sunburn can be really rough on your skin, as anyone who has ever suffered from either one can attest.
Fortunately, there are a number of quick and effective remedies and summer skin care hints for handling the five most common seasonal mistakes, along with some skin safeguarding steps that will carry you all the way through Labor Day and into the Fall months.
The problem seems to be that you were so caught up with how exciting your little ones’ Little League tournament was that you simply didn’t remember to keep reapplying that sunscreen, which caused your skin to turn red.
The fix involves avoiding the hot sun until your burnt skin has had a chance to heal properly. Once your skin is sun burnt, it will lose the protective barrier and become temporarily even more susceptible to burning again. For reduction of pain and inflammation, take aspirin as directed while the burn subsides.
A lukewarm to cool bath with some baking soda added can also help in easing the pain. After soaking, gently patting on an OTC [easyazon_link identifier=”B004XMI5O4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”freshfaceclub-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]hydrocortisone[/easyazon_link] cream can also aid in reducing the swelling. Remember not to pick at flaking or peeling skin and, next time, be sure to try wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more. Don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours!
The problem is that what you thought was grass, (so you rested on it following your hike), was actually poison ivy. Now, the itching just won’t stop.
The fix for poison ivy is to treat with hydrocortisone cream if the rash is a mild one. Taking a tepid bath with a cup of oatmeal added could alleviate some of the miserable itching. If this itching is worse or the bath doesn’t quite work, try taking an antihistamine like Benadryl.
Staying cool is also important because being hot and sweaty can exacerbate the itching. On the other hand, if the poison ivy rash is on your genitals or on your face, it’s best to see your doctor. That’s also your best course of action if the rash oozes or blisters, or if your condition hasn’t improved after you have self-treated for a week.
Remember, on future outings, stay away from all plants with a central stem containing three leaves that are shiny. Also, washing the oily resin from the plant off of your skin very quickly could succeed in minimizing or preventing an itchy reaction. (FYI: exposure to poison ivy is irreversible after 15 minutes has passed.)
The problem is that your shoulders, chest and back are breaking out.
The fix for this problem is to wash using a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00685KUGA” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”freshfaceclub-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]body cleanser[/easyazon_link] containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These essential ingredients can dry up the excess oil that causes breakouts, as well as unblocking clogged pores. Make sure that you don’t scrub though, as it could cause skin inflammation.
To prevent further breakouts, use a dusting of talcum powder on your chest and back. It will aid in absorbing perspiration. Also, shop for products that are oil-free and nocomedogenic, so that they don’t clog your pores. Form-fitting clothing can hold the moisture and heat close to the skin, so wear loose fitting clothes. And, don’t forget to change as soon as you can when you have been perspiring heavily.
The problem is that your lovely vacation at the beach has your skin feeling and looking as dry as the desert.
The fix involves rinsing in fresh water after a swim, which will remove chlorine or salt buildup. Otherwise, the residual buildup could irritate skin and dry it out even more. Make showers and baths somewhat short, using only warm water, not hot, and a mild cleanser.
Exfoliate gently with an exfoliating scrub, washcloth, or loofah, which will get rid of the dead skin cells. Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture, then towel-dry.
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The problem is that trying to get a really close shave created ingrown hairs surrounding your bikini line.
The fix is anti-bacterial soap when you wash the area, which will suppress the inflammation. Using a washcloth or loofah gently every other day should aid in dislodging hairs that are trapped and further prevent them from returning. If you happen to have a chronic case of ingrown hairs, you might want to try products made with salicylic acid, an exfoliant that helps control ingrown hairs
To prevent ingrown hairs in the future, always shave in the shower or bathtub because of the plumping action of the water, which makes hair easier to cut. And, don’t forget to change your razor blades more often to avoid drag and pull, which can cause ingrown hairs.
These tips will keep your summer skin looking fresh and clean well into the fall!