As a result I tend to experience dry skin, ashy skin and skin that feels tight and itchy in the summer months. To alleviate this dryness I've employed five techniques.
1. Use a moisturizing body washJust like with your hair, the products you use can set the stage for how moisturized or not your skin feels. I used to shower with cheap bar soaps that dried out my skin. I've now switched to using a moisturizing body wash. The body wash I'm using now is the Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter. After my showers my skin feels moisturized and smooth. It doesn't feel tight, dry or itchy.
2. Pat dry instead of rub dryAfter I shower and even wash my hands I try to pat my skin dry instead of rubbing or even wiping. I've found that patting helps keep moisture instead of taking it away it. Mostly because it leaves my skin damp. Patting dry also doesn't irritate my skin which can cause itching.
3. Apply lotion on damp skinTo make sure I'm keeping moisture in my skin I apply lotion to my damp skin. The lotion helps trap in the moisture from the water. If you've seen any of the in-shower body lotions this is kind of the same thing except the lotion isn't rinsed off after applying it.
I've found the key is to use a lightweight lotion so my skin doesn't feel weighed down or greasy. The lotion I use is cocoa butter based store brand lotion. It does have petroleum jelly which is great for the winter, but for me it doesn't feel too thick or heavy.
4. ExfoliateYou may think exfoliation would dry out your skin. It can, if not done properly or with the right type of product. I like an exfoliating scrub that isn't harsh, but soothing instead. I haven't found a brand I like to use on my body, but I've used some DIY exfoliating scrubs using ingredients like sugar, tea tree oil and coconut oil.
5. Carry a water bottle with me everywhereSome of the best moisturization happens from the inside out. When I'm not hydrated I feel it in my skin. When I'm hydrated I feel it in my skin. To help me stay hydrated I carry a water bottle with me whenever I go out. That way I have easy access to water and have no excuse to go hours without drinking anything.
How do you keep your skin moisturized in the summer?