Dealing with eczema in the summer is not easy. Some people avoid summer events and activities altogether for the fear of showing their inflamed skin. The blazing hot and irritated skin are enough to make anyone hate the season. Being uncomfortable in a setting that is out of your control is not fun.
However, there is no need to hibernate. With careful planning, your summer anxiety will be a thing of the past.
Hello SPF! Grab your sunscreen or sunblock and make sure to always have it with you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.
In addition, don’t skip out on stocking up on deodorant or antiperspirant, fragrance-free face wipes, UV ray sunglasses, and anything else that will help you battle the summer heat.
While you should be drinking enough water all year round, you should ramp up your intake during the summer months. Heat stroke is all too real and very common in the summer. One symptom is red, hot, and dry skin.
Make sure to always have a water bottle within an arm’s length. You can know whether you’re hydrated by the color of your urine. You want it to be clear and diluted (although, this isn’t always accurate due to medications you may be taking).
Schedule ways to stay cool throughout the day
If you’re outside for an event, purchase ice packs and freeze them the night before. This will feel refreshing on your skin in the heat. If you’re not able to bring a cooler, try disposable cooling pads or a mini fan.
Cold showers or baths can also help soothe your skin from the heat. Also, wear cooler fabrics, such as silk or a lightweight cotton.
This is great for a mood booster especially if you try and avoid summer. Go for a hike or walk a trail path (on a cool day), or switch it up and do indoor exercises. The key is to get your body moving so the endorphins kick in. With videos on demand (VOC), YouTube and Instagram, there’s a plethora of indoor and outdoor videos to guide you through a summer fitness routine.
If your skin is extremely inflamed, consider doing low impact exercises. Either way, positive body reinforcement is so beneficial, especially during the summertime.
Reinvent outdoor summer activities indoors
This applies to children and adults with severe eczema. Sometimes our skin really does confine us to stay indoors while tending to the inflammation breakout. If this is the case, it's the perfect time to bring summer indoors.
For children, you can set up a makeshift tent, play board and video games, paint, play a movie, or roast marshmallows over the stove. For adults, you can brush up on your outdoorsy skills creating a DIY project, watch national geographic videos, master a new language, or cook new recipes.
The list is endless. Summer fun isn't exclusive to the outdoors.
There are many different opportunities to socialize in the summer. Attend a pool party, rooftop meetup, or barnyard campfire. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, try volunteering, teaching a course, taking a cooking or pottery class, or attending an author’s speaking event at a local college.
If you're indoors, sign up for apps such as Shapr, where you can connect with people in your career field. Your summer will fare a lot better if you're meeting new people.
Rewire your brain to love summer
Summer is a great opportunity to address your anxiety by getting out of your comfort zone. You have eczema. So what! People are living life regardless of their ailments.
If someone stares at you, so be it. It’s time to let the world know everyone does not have “clear skin.” The world needs to understand our condition and get used to it, because until there’s a cure... it’s not going anywhere.