"It's a Dry Heat" - My Arizona Summer Story

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When I was in grade school, I remember learning about the different types of ecosystems and climates around the world. Among all of the different regions we talked about, the desert always stuck out in my mind. My fascination with cacti, roadrunners, plateaus, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and the blazing heat continued with me through my education and I sought out to learn more about Arizona which seemed like an alternative universe compared to my life in Massachusetts. Once it came time to think about college and my life after high school, I knew I wanted to experience something different and I could not help but feel a gravitational pull to the Southwest. 

Moving to Arizona at 18 in the middle of August was, no doubt, like diving headfirst into the ocean without any swim lessons or a life jacket. I'd never felt a heat so oppressive it felt like I could not breath when I stood outside in the sun for only a few minutes. And yet, I loved it.

Call me a masochist or whatever you like, but I happen to enjoy the extreme heat. Something so different from what I was used to seemed so extraordinary or even magical at times. Seeing the temperatures rise into the triple digits was exciting to me, and I enjoyed watching the news to catch a glimpse of the weather report and I could not help but chuckle seeing how ridiculous the numbers all over the map looked. "It's going to be a hot one today, folks. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you're headed to Mesa, as it's nearing an all-time record of 119 degrees today." All of my new friends I had made my first month of college who grew up in Arizona seemed annoyed by the weather, but I could not help but relish it. 

Fast forward 10 years later and I find myself still in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the last decade, I've become more acclimated to the extreme weather in the summer, and over the years I have learned what my body needs during this outrageous time of year. For one, I have learned that you cannot drink enough water. But perhaps the most surprising thing I had not realized when I moved to Arizona was just how dry it was, and yes, the cliche "it's a dry heat" rings true!

With dry heat comes dry skin, and over the years I have learned what changes I have needed to make to make sure my body and my skin stays healthy. Plenty of sunscreen moisturizer and changes to my daily hygiene routine have all played a part in keeping my skin feeling soft. Today, I'm sharing a handful of ways I relieve dry skin all summer long that can help anyone keep dry skin at bay (even those who face similar extreme heat like I do here in Arizona!)

How I Relieve Dry Skin All Summer Long

Shorter Showers

I noticed the shorter my showers were and the less time I spent in the water, the less dry my skin felt afterwards. Because of this, I like to keep my showers to 10 minutes or less in the summer.

Shower with Cold Water

Hot water can actually strip your skin from the oils needed to keep your skin feeling soft, so it's important to shower with the coldest water you can tolerate when your skin is feeling dry. 

Cut Back on Daily Exfoliation

Exfoliants and peelers serve the purpose of remove dead skin so you can end up having softer and more supple skin, but some exfoliants will irritate your skin the process. I would normally exfoliate every other day, but in the summer time when my skin is more likely to get dry, I'll cut back even more and exfoliate maybe once or twice a week. 

....And Cut Back on Shaving

Shaving can irritate your skin and cause dryness, so if you can opt to skip a few days without shaving it will help you maximize your skin's moisture. It's also important to note that when you do shave that you use a moisturizing shave cream, and follow up with a moisturizer once you're out of the shower.

Follow up with Moisturizer

When the summer rolls around and I need an extra boost for my skin, I use Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil 10 oz. Once I jump out of the shower, I apply Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer and once I'm dried off and dressed I like to follow up with moisturizing sunblock before I heat out the door. Adding a boost of moisturizer right when I get out of the shower helps lock in hydration that lasts all day, even when it's 118 degrees outside! 

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer has become a part of my summer routine! A few years ago when I first learned about this product, I had no idea how much of a difference it made to apply moisturizer when my skin was still wet from getting out of the shower. I noticed an immediate difference, and have been using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer every summer since to help keep my skin feeling soft and hydrated. 

You can find Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil 10 oz, Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil 10 oz, and other Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer fragrances at Walmart!

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  1. I'm a little jealous of your dry heat, Cathy! Here in Texas, we have that "fun" humid heat. I do love visiting Arizona for this reason. Great skincare tips for sure! #client

  2. I was just reading about the temperatures in Arizona this week! Sounds crazy. I love Jergen's Wet Skin Moisturizer!

  3. You bring up good reminders about keeping are skin hydrated, too. Showers really make a difference so what a great product to help you hydrate while in the shower.

  4. I hope you're staying cool in Arizona! You're right on point about moisturizing and I'm going to check this out because it sounds awesome! I love that cute loofa too!
    Amanda - thefashiontofollow.com

  5. Arizona does have a good dry heat! Here in Savannah it's very humid. :) Love your tips about keeping skin hydrated!

  6. We have dry heat here in Colorado. Broke 2 records this week. Still not as hot as Arizona. Want to try that Jergens.

  7. Love these ideas for when I visit family in Arizona!

  8. I have always wanted to try the wet skin moisturizer!!! It seems like it would help so much. I don't live in somewhere like Arizona, but Omaha, Nebraska gets hot and humid too. haha I feel for my daughter, she moved from Nebraska to Alaska, stayed about 2 years then moved to El Paso, Texas!!! What a complete difference in temperatures! Thank God I finally have her home in Nebraska again, but it was very interesting to say the least! God bless everyone!

  9. We have hot, dry weather where I live in CA and I do many of the things listed on this post so I don't feel itchy or irritated.

  10. I enjoy the hot weather too!) Great tips!

  11. I never thought to take a shower with cold vs hot water when my skin is dry. Thanks for the idea!

  12. Interesting that you enjoy iT! Great tips for skin!

    The How-to Guru


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