It is summer and we are loving the sun shining at its brightest – there is nearly no need to go on holiday as the weather is nicer here than in some of the best summer destinations. Unfortunately, the sunny weather isn’t always a blessing, at least not to those with allergies and conditions such as eczema.
The hot weather can inflict on some sufferers intense itchiness; a humid summertime in these cases can be rather unpleasant. It’s the sweating that causes this itching, meaning that even things like exercise, thick clothing, rapid temperature changes and watching nail biting World Cup matches can cause tremendous discomfort for some.
It might be a good idea to start wearing natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton, as wearing these materials means a reduction in the likelihood of having skin irritation, as they reduce sweat and keep skin cool in even the most humid of weather.
Other ways to minimise skin problems and allergic reactions over the summer months include drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and always covering up with sufficient (natural) SPF sunscreen.
When it feels like the Sahara desert outside, you’re far more likely to sweat on that short walk to the car than any other day, which means you may be tempted to increase the use of your deodorants and antiperspirants, or perhaps not. When you have a skin condition it is important to be aware of what toiletries you are using and the possible effects they could have.
Deodorant in particular can dry out the skin, cause irritation and lead to outbreaks of existing conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. According to Maureen Jenkins, director of clinical services at Allergy UK, spray deodorants could cause problems to people with some form of allergic disease, as symptoms can be exacerbated by the use of the chemicals and aerosol application.
She told Mail Online back in August 2013: "Around one in three adults in the UK have some form of allergic disease - asthma, rhinitis or eczema - and their symptoms are easily aggravated by perfumed products and exacerbated by aerosol chemicals.”
Deodorant can be an essential everyday toiletry to some, but it’s important for those who do, to maybe find a product, which is effective in minimising sweat and body odour without irritating your skin or triggering the flare-up of any allergic conditions they may have.
To minimise any adverse reactions, it is important to carefully read the ingredients of the product to know for sure as to whether your skin is likely to become irritated once in contact with your skin.
Try and avoid ingredients commonly known to irritate the skin, like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, Lanolin, Synthetic Fragrances, Microplastics and Formadehyde.
For your summer itchiness and prickly heat try and use products that contain oils known to cool the skin, like Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender. Have a look at our Bioskin Dermaspray, which does not only contain these oils, but another 10 more to help with any heat rashes and irritations this summer. The fine liquid of the Spray will sink quickly and deep into the skin so also no need to walk around with thick creams this hot summer!