Loving the Beach! (And your Skin Too!)
BY: Ericka Lynn S. Emas
- DRINK A LOT
Beach activities could be tiring and can dehydrate you, especially your skin. You should have a bottle of water within reach at all times. Drink at least two liters a day.
- DIET AFFECTS YOUR SKIN
Even if you are on vacation, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to watch your diet anymore. Though luscious serving of different meals may tempt you, you still have to control your sugar and calorie intake. Go for healthier food options. Besides maintaining your glucose level, healthy foods contain vitamins and minerals that give your skin the nutrition it needs.
- FOR CLEANING PURPOSES, USE MILD AND SOAP-FREE PRODUCTS
Bath gels and foams may work better of diabetic patients. Soaps tend to dry the skin by removing natural oils.
- AVOID VERY HOT BATHS
Hot water can dry your skin and eventually lead to itching. Use tepid water instead. Bubble baths may sound pleasurable but can also dry your skin.
- USE MOISTURIZERS
Moisturizers are specially designed to make the external layers of the skin ( epidermis) softer and more pliable, by increasing its hydration. Moisturizer will prevent the skin from drying up especially when the weather is too hot.
- PAMPER YOUR FEET
After playing in the sand all day long, rest your feet before bathing. After that bath, dry your feet and seal in coat of plain petroleum jelly or an unscented hand cream. Do not put oils or creams between your toes. The extra moisture can lead to infection. Also, soaking your feet can dry your skin.
It is also a must to check feet everyday for sores and cuts. Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts soap. Some antiseptics and alcohol may be too harsh for your skin.
- TOO MUCH TAN IS A NO-NO
Protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun. Before sun bathing, be sure to apply generous amounts of sun protection lotion to prevent sun damage.
- DON’T SCRATCH THAT ITCH
Itching can be caused by yeast infection, dry skin or poor circulation Scratching can make the skin problem worse by causing skin breaks and letting germs through. You may be able to treat itching yourself. Limit how often you bathe, especially when humidity is low. Mild soap is highly recommended. Apply skin cream after bathing. And most importantly, control your blood sugar.