Even though we often think of skin being driest in the winter, summer can still batter your skin. Some common culprits in the summer that can make your skin dry include:

Sun exposure: We love the bright sun and warm weather in the summer but being in the sun can take a toll on our skin. When you get a sunburn, your skin gets dried out and you lose water. Skin can also begin to look aged and weathered. Limiting direct sun exposure and wearing sunblock (a lotion or cream is ideal) with an SPF of at least 30 can help prevent skin from becoming dry. Wearing sun protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat can also assist in safeguarding your skin from the sun! After being outside in the sun’s rays, be sure to use a moisturizer!

Swimming: Chlorine in pools can wreak havoc on skin–stripping skin of its moisture and making it feel brittle and dry. The best remedy to protect your skin is to take a quick, lukewarm shower to rinse off after swimming. When you get out of the shower and you are still wet, pat yourself dry and moisturize!

Frequent shaving: None of us want to walk around with stubble in the summer, so we are always shaving. Unfortunately, shaving can irritate skin. The best way to protect your skin while ensuring your skin stays stubble-free is to use a new razor each time you shave and shave in the direction the hair grows. Shaving with an ultra-rich soap, shaving cream or gel can help ease up on the post-shaving dryness. Additionally, refrain from using harsh soaps when showering and apply a moisturizer after to keep your skin hydrated.

Air conditioning: We know we all crank up the air conditioner in the summer, but did you know that when the air goes on, the humidity is sucked out of the air resulting in your skin being drier? The cold air eliminates the natural moisture we have on our skin. Moisturizing daily and using a humidifier can help. Applying moisturizer, especially before bed, can help tackle dry skin. Using a humidifier can add some moisture to the air, which can give your skin a hydrating boost and relieve your dry skin.

Remember to keep moisturizing this summer — after being in the sun, swimming, showering, shaving, and even being indoors in the air conditioner. If dry skin becomes increasingly itchy, painful, or inflamed, no matter what season, make an appointment!