Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer + Tips For Moisturized Skin

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I'm more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you're worried about people judging your dry skin. Let's be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day. I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn't ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don't moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin! But because dry skin won't resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn't teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what's more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there's nothing scary about it! It's super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they're lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks. I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn't help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn't as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn't greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time. I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I'll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips. 1. Avoid scrubbing dry patches of skin. I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you'll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It's fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin. 2. Pay extra attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows. 3. Drink lots of water. As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won't deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle. 4.  Moisturize your lips.  I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don't have a favorite, find one. How do you combat dry skin in the summer? If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle.  Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

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Summer has never really been my favorite season (I'm more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you're worried about people judging your dry skin. Let's be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day. I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn't ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don't moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin! But because dry skin won't resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn't teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what's more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there's nothing scary about it! It's super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they're lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks. I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn't help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn't as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn't greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time. I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I'll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips. 1. Avoid scrubbing dry patches of skin. I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you'll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It's fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin. 2. Pay extra attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows. 3. Drink lots of water. As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won't deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle. 4.  Moisturize your lips.  I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don't have a favorite, find one. How do you combat dry skin in the summer? If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle.  Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I’m more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you’re worried about people judging your dry skin. Let’s be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day.

I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn’t ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don’t moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin!

But because dry skin won’t resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn’t teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what’s more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there’s nothing scary about it! It’s super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they’re lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks.

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn’t help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn’t as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn’t greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time.

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I’ll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips.

1.  AVOID SCRUBBING DRY PATCHES OF SKIN.

I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you’ll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It’s fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin.

2. PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO YOUR ELBOWS AND KNEES. 

These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows.

3. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.

As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won’t deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle.

4. MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS.

I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don’t have a favorite, find one.

How do you combat dry skin in the summer?

If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle. 

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

 

12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

Your skin is the largest organ, so make sure you treat it right! Over the years I’ve definitely had my share of skin struggles, like many others, but those struggles did open me up to a world of skincare that I (honestly) probably wouldn’t have known existed if my troubles didn’t force me to pay attention. Some people have great skin without even paying much attention to it, while others treat their skin like its gold and get great results. And I’m not just talking about the skin on your face, either. Here are some #skingoals that we should all strive for no matter what our skin condition is.

1. Wash your face at least twice a day. 

Most people wash their faces in the morning when they wake up, but after a long, exhausting day at work, school, and home, it can be easy to just throw yourself in bed and not give a care in the world about washing your face; you just want to sleep and that’s understandbale. But not removing the dirt and grime of the day from your skin can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to skin problems. Even if you aren’t acne prone, you should still aim to cleanse your face at least twice a day — it’s so refreshing!

2. Never sleep with makeup on. 

This paster year in college, I was so guilty of falling asleep with makeup on. It was an accident because I didn’t remove my makeup early enough so I’d fall asleep surrounded by papers and books with perfectly winged eyeliner, mascara, and full foundation. This is a one-way ticket to clogged pores and unhealthy skin! Remove everything from your face before you sleep. I like to use Neutrogena makeup wipes on my entire face, and then go wash my face completely with my face wash to make sure I really get everything out.

3. If a product irritates your skin, stop using it. 

No one likes to spend money on a product that they end up not being able to use, but if your lotion is causing a rash on your arm or making you break out, stop using it immediately. Prolonged use will only make it worse. If you don’t want it to go to waste, give it to a friend or family member; maybe they’ll have better luck with it than you did.

4. Seek professional help if needed.

Don’t punish yourself for years and years because you’re too stubborn or too embarassed to see a dermatologist. Even if you think next year will be the year you conquer your skin issue by yourself, chances are things will get worse. Dermatologists aren’t just for treating facial issues; they can give you a full body exam if you want, and help you treat skin conditions before they become really serious.

5. Drink lots of water.

Water keeps your skin hydrated, and some experts say that it can influence the elasticity of your skin, thereby making it less likely to crack (cracks in the skin are fantastic for irritations!) This doesn’t mean you should drink yourself sick with water, but aim to stay hydrated by consuming water regualrly.

6. FYI, DIY isn’t always best.

One time on Facebook, I saw a video of a DIY charcoal pore strip using non-toxic glue. It looked cool so I shared the video to my timeline, and I even thought about trying it myself (because some pore strips are pretty expensive). But I got a wake-up call from a friend who said that that’s actually dangerous to put glue on your face, and it can cause my skin to become immensely irritated. Beware of some DIY facials, because (depending on your skin) some of them might actually cause more harm than good.

7. Don’t be overly aggressive with your skin.

Save your aggression for the soccer field; you need to be rather gentle with all types of skin. Scrubbing the shit out of your face and arms will cause redness, and can even break the skin. You’re not scrubbing an apple, so be nice!

8. Be consistent with your skincare regimen.

You’re not going to see results overnight; you’re not going to use a lotion on your legs for two days and wake up on the third day with super smooth, glowing model legs. You need to stick to a regimen for many, many months (sometimes a year or so) before you decide that it doesn’t improve the quality of your skin. Plus, being hasty and changing products like you change your answers on a multiple choice test can further aggitate your skin.

9. Shave carefully!

You’re not sheering a sheep (though if you were you’d probably still be careful because sheep are adorable!) You could accidentally nick your skin and cause it to bleed. You can also get annoying razor bumps! Try to find a good razor that can at least meet you halfway. I like using Schick Hydro Silk razors because they give me a close, clean and smooth finish without the need for aggression.

10. Use lip balm religiously.

Your lips are still part of your skin, so they require care as well. Overly chapped or dry lips can lead to very painful peeling. Avoid this by moisturizing your lips on the regular with your favorite lip balm. I apply lip balm to my lips multiple times throughout the day because I can’t stand the way my lips feel when they’re even remotely dry! You’ll have soft, supple lips in the long run!

11. Actually test products before using them.

Before using a new product, my mom always made me test it out for 24 hours on a small patch of skin on my arm, much to my dismay because I couldn’t wait to use a new product. This serves its purpose very well. It’s very possible that a product won’t agree with your skin. Fun fact: I actually can’t use EOS lip balms because the first one I ever used dried out my lips insanely and left me with a strane looking dark mark on my lip, which took many months to heal.

12. Have patience!

Like I said, nothing is going to change in the blink of an eye. There is no such thing as a miracle product. Haste makes waste, so treat your skin gently and with patience — it’s one of the best things you can do for your skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I was able to offer some skin advice that’s *life changing* for you. Please note that I am not a doctor of any kind and I do not claim to be. These were just some eye-opening things that I have realized over the years when it comes to skincare.

What are your tips for healthy skin? 

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