How to “summer proof” your skin

As we all brace ourselves and hope for a long, hot summer, it’s important to take necessary precautions to make sure nothing gets in the way of your skin looking and feeling healthy.

Whilst the hot weather brings much enjoyment for some, for others it can be plagued with skin allergy flare-ups leaving you sat indoors, miserable and out of the sunshine. So that you can make the most of Summer 2017, Surcare has put together a list of five top tips to help you avoid everyday irritants that can trigger a flare up:

Tip 1: The appearance of swollen, itchy, and pale red bumps, commonly known as hives, can be triggered by the heat and sweating, so it’s essential to drink plenty of fluids, apply sun cream regularly and take frequent breaks in the shade to avoid overheating.

Tip 2: Skin which is red, inflamed or cracked could be a sign that you have eczema, and sufferers of this skin condition often experience heightened symptoms during summertime. This is because the chemicals in our sweat are prone to aggravate the skin further. Selecting a fragrance-free washing powder and fabric conditioner, such as Surcare, will be kinder and more gentle to eczema-prone skin, giving it the TLC it needs.

Tip 3: As the warm weather leaves many of us feeling hot and bothered, we often find ourselves showering more regularly, and the increased use of soap can irritate skin as well as leaving it feeling dry. Use soap and fragrance-free washes, which are less likely to dry out your skin, since they’ll help you retain natural oils necessary to help your skin stay moisturised.

Tip 4: Be sure to wash your bedding more regularly throughout summer, as bed linen can be a host to allergens, which increase the chances of irritating your skin whilst you sleep. These allergens may be the reason for your allergy flare-ups and could set you and your skin off on the wrong foot each morning. Use Surcare’s laundry range to wash bed linen and be kind to your sensitive skin in the process.

Tip 5: Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics and stick to cotton clothing to help stay cool in the heat. This will not only avoid the chances of increased perspiration (which will irritate eczema prone skin) but will help you to stay cool in the summer sun, thereby decreasing the chances of developing hives or a heat rash.

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