Summer Skin Care Guide

With skimpy clothing and revealing bathing suits during the summer, it's hard to hide any flaws — flaky, dry skin being one of them. Unlike winter's bulky turtlenecks and baggy corduroys, summer's style follows the skin-is-in theory. So how do you avoid dry skin, or xerosis, in the summer and keep your skin looking great in that itsy, bitsy, polka-dot bikini?

Skip Dry Skin This Summer: Preventive Tips and Tactics

Lucky for you, winter is much worse for dry skin than summer. That's because steamy summer humidity keeps moisture in the air. Think of your skin as a sponge — the more moisture and oils it can retain, the less likely it will dry or crack.

"In general, summer is a better time than winter for dry skin — if you just behave yourself," says Rox Anderson, MD, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Summer can still assault skin, especially if you live in a dry, low-humidity climate, like the Southwest. Here are the common culprits of summer that can make your skin go from smooth and supple to parched and scaly:

Remember to keep moisturizing this summer — after showering, shaving, even washing the dishes. If dry skin becomes increasingly itchy, painful, or inflamed, no matter what season, it's best to see your dermatologist.

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