Protecting Your Skin From Heat Waves

How Does the Heat Dry Out Your Face?

Having your skin become dry during the heat can be quite confusing for many people. How this happens is that the moisture can be sucked out from your skin, especially during a very warm climate. 


When your skin is exposed to excessive heat and sun, there is a loss of moisture in your skin. If you do not have SPF protection then the exposure to the heat can damage your skin barrier.


Even when you sweat, you can lose excessive amounts of water which eventually leads to your skin getting dried out. If you spend too much time out in the direct sunlight, then it can be one of the reasons you have dry skin on your face. Dry skin on the face can look flaky and even have discolored patches as well. 


There are different treatment options depending on how the skin on your face became dry and how severe it is as well. This also depends on the type of skin that an individual has. 

Common Skin Problems During a Heatwave

Even if your body has been conditioned to resist the heat and stay cool, your fragile skin also needs to do so as the temperature increases. The following are common skin problems that can happen due to the heat, 

  • Heat Rashes

When you start sweating due to the heat, the dirt and dust can clog the sweat ducts of the skin, and thus, the perspiration gets trapped. Hence, this results in rashes or blisters. You can prevent this by keeping your skin clean, especially if you are someone who sweats a lot.

  • Acne

If you are someone who spends their time outdoors most of the time then your skin can be a magnet for dust and grime, especially if you sweat a lot. The mix of heat plus dirt can make way for pimples to thrive on your face. Your pores get blocked while the heat gives bacteria an environment to thrive. You should look after your skin on a regular basis to minimize acne on your face. If your breakouts or acne is not subsiding then it is best to visit a dermatologist for medical attention

  • Dehydration

You can continuously lose the hydration of your skin when you start sweating. If you are not hydrated then your skin can be left dry and more prone to sunburn as well. You should keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water.

  • Sunburns

The sunlight can be harsh, especially if your skin is very sensitive to heat. Often when sunburn occurs, red patches and rashes tend to appear on the skin. It is important to wear sunscreen on your face, neck, and arms for at least twenty minutes before stepping out.

How can I protect my skin from the heatwave?

You can shield yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, a hat, or sunglasses. Sunglasses and hats are especially helpful for shielding sensitive skin on the head, neck, and face; such as the area around the eyes and ears from the sun’s harmful rays.


Your skin may suffer permanent harm from unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. When the UV index is at its maximum, which often occurs between 11 am and 3 pm, damage can be done in as little as 15 minutes. Utilizing shade is a quick and easy technique to guard against this.


We advise using sunscreen that offers at least SPF 30 and effective UVA defense. After swimming, exercising, or engaging in any other activity that could rub or wash it off, sunblock should be liberally applied; it should also be reapplied every two hours.


During a heatwave, you must consume lots of water. It is crucial to increase your drink intake when it is hot outside because your body loses fluids through increased sweating. On warm days, drinking water can also aid in cooling the body and controlling temperature.


Make an appointment with your dermatologist if you find that when the heat strikes, your skin is getting worse. Your dermatologist can suggest specified products or treatments that will help your skin regulate itself and return to a healthy state. Finally, it is crucial to seek refuge and spend as much time indoors as you can throughout the heatwave. If you must venture outside, try to keep your outside activities to the evening or the cooler parts of the day. 

You can get the right protection for your skin with us and beat the heat too!…

Contact us at Rockyview Medical Aesthetics, located in Signal Hill Centre, South West Calgary, located on the second floor of the Superstore. 

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