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5 Ways to Fight Dry Summer Skin

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Most people think of winter as the season for dry, itchy skin — especially in Montana, where frigid temperatures and heated indoor air leave skin cracked and moisture-deprived. But summer weather can be equally troublesome for skin, especially here in Montana, where hot, dry conditions are typical of the summer months. It’s important to remember that some habits that seem harmless could actually leave your skin feeling even more irritated. Here are five ways to combat dry, itchy skin during the summer:


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Photo courtesy of earthlydelights/Flickr
1

Wear the right kind of sunscreen

 
 

Sunscreen helps prevent skin-damaging sunburns, and for the best results, you should use a lotion variety that contains aloe or other moisturizing agents. Avoid sunscreens that come in a continuous spray bottle — most of them contain alcohol, which can further dry out your skin

 
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Photo courtesy of Runder/Flickr
2

Stay in the shade

 
 

The sun sucks the moisture right out of your skin. Plus, hot temperatures cause you to perspire, further dehydrating your body. Whenever possible, you should stick to cooler, shadier areas. Your skin will thank you.

 
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Photo courtesy of waferboard/Flickr
3

Drink water

 
 

You might crave a margarita or an iced latte while you’re lounging poolside, but caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics that negatively impact your body’s hydration levels. Quench your thirst by sipping water, juice or sports drinks instead.

 
Photo courtesy of RichardBH/Flickr
Photo courtesy of RichardBH/Flickr
4

Towel off quickly and thoroughly

 
 

When water evaporates off of your skin, you lose some of the natural oils that keep it from drying out. So when you get out of the pool/lake/river, don’t air-dry. By using a towel to absorb excess water before the sun has a chance to work its magic, you will help preserve your skin’s moisture.

 
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Photo courtesy of John Loo/Flickr
5

Exfoliate and moisturize

 
 

Exfoliation helps your skin better absorb moisturizers. Lather up with a gentle exfoliating scrub in the shower, then follow with a thick coat of lotion — preferably one containing SPF — soon after you dry off.

 

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