Eczema sufferers know that the sun can be our worst enemy. By remembering some of these simple tips, you can enjoy the sunshine while minimizing your symptoms.
- Use the Right Sunscreen
A proper sunscreen should be alcohol-free and SPF 30 or greater. Also, make sure to use a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB ray. Or, to keep it simple, just make sure your sunscreen meets the requirements for the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™. Before using a new sunscreen for the first time, make sure to do a “spot test” the day before: dab a small amount on your wrist or forearm, and wait several hours to ensure no uncomfortable skin reaction occurs.
- Keep Cool
Too much heat can aggravate symptoms of itchiness and discomfort. Shade, loose clothing, and drinking water are important ways to stay cool in hot weather. Besides staying out of the sun, try to keep off of hot surfaces like sand or asphalt. It may also be wise to avoid activities that raise body temperatures like strenuous exercise, hot drinks, or stuffy rooms.
- Moisturize After a Dip
While a swim can provide some soothing relief during a flare-up, water also has a drying effect on the skin once you’re out of the pool. Make sure to gently dry with a clean towel, and apply the moisturizer of your choice immediately after to minimize any discomfort. Note that saltwater has a particularly dehydrating effect on the skin, and may be better to avoid if experiencing a severe flare-up.
- Stay Hydrated!
Avoiding dehydration is important. Not drinking enough water can raise body temperature, increase sweating, dehydrate the skin, and make it much harder to stay cool and comfortable. Make sure to keep enough on hand if you’ll be travelling or away from a water source for extended periods.
By following these easy suggestions, you can enjoy all the fun and sun of a beautiful summer day while minimizing your eczema worries. To see some of the best products for staying comfortable in the sun and heat, browse our selection at Hope’s Relief.