Summertime evokes images of bare skin in the sun, sparkling pools, and - if we\u2019re going to be perfectly honest - sweaty dog day afternoons when the hair sticks to the back of your neck. So with all that sweating and humidity in the air, do people with Eczema still need to moisturize their skin?\u00a0 It may seem counterintuitive. After all, it\u2019s in winter that dry, cold weather and even drier, overheated rooms aggravate eczema and require the slathering of thick creams several times a day to hydrate thirsty skin.\u00a0 So humid air and summertime means less moisturizing, right? \u201cWrong\u201d, says Dr. Eddie Valenzuela, who treats eczema patients from newborns to adults, \u201cIf you have eczema, your skin will still need to be moisturized at least twice a day. But the difference may be the kind of moisturizer you choose to use.\u201d The Moisturizing Formula Matters No one likes to feel greasy.\u00a0 But moisturizer plus humidity can make you feel \u201clike you\u2019re baking in your own skin,\u201d says Dr. Eddie, who lives and works in the infamously hot and humid environment of Houston, Texas. \u201cI hate greasy creams myself. When I can\u2019t twist a knob on my lamp or open a door handle without having it slip in my hands, or find myself hesitating to put clothes on over moisturized skin, that\u2019s a problem,\u201d he says.\u00a0 Worse, it becomes an obstacle for eczema sufferers to properly moisturize. So he used his medical know-how and real-world experience to formulate Dr. Eddie\u2019s Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream for eczema -\u00a0 which is thick enough to reduce water loss from eczema-prone skin while remaining light enough to prevent that \u201csweating out the cream\u201d sensation. \u201cIt\u2019s tempting to ease up on your moisturizing routine when it\u2019s hot, and I understand that,\u201d says Dr. Eddie, \u201cbut summer comes with its own skin triggers that require you to keep protecting eczema-prone skin.\u201d Eczema Summer Triggers Chlorinated Pools - A properly chlorinated pool can actually be soothing to many who have eczema, but some skin types will still find it irritating. And a pool that\u2019s not properly chlorinated can lead to excess drying and irritation.\u00a0 Good moisturizing before and after pool-swimming, and of course a good rinse after bathing, generally negates any negative effects. Ocean Bacteria - Like a properly chlorinated pool, clean ocean water can be soothing and beneficial to skin with eczema. But some beaches can experience bacterial swells (like Red Tide) that are exceptionally irritating and can be outright dangerous if you have open sores or a severe eczema flare. Some people may unfortunately find swimming in the ocean to be irritating to the skin, so rinsing for a few minutes after exiting the water may be a good idea here as well. Excess Sun Exposure - Eczema patients who linger in the sun a little too long without wearing sunscreen\u2014 typically children and teenagers \u2014 are prone to developing patchy white spots known as \u201cPityriasis Alba.\u201d\u00a0 While not permanent, these spots could last 4 to 6 months and are entirely preventable with proper skin care.\u00a0 On the other hand, moderation is a good thing, a little sun exposure can regularly can be beneficial to those with eczema by enhancing the skin barrier and improving antimicrobial activity on the skin . Irritating Sunblock Formulas - Sunblocks with parabens can irritate sensitive skin.\u00a0 \u201cMake sure you use a sunblock made for sensitive skin,\u201d he says, \u201cjust like you would for any other cream you put on your body.\u201d Make sure to apply a copious amount of sunscreen and to reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Also make sure that your sunblock has UVA and UVB protection. Sweat - In children and babies in particular, sweat and overheating are common eczema triggers, necessitating not just gentle moisturizing but loose-fitting cotton clothing and comfortable temperatures. PROPER ECZEMA MOISTURIZING TECHNIQUE IN THE SUMMER So how do you moisturize for eczema on a hot summer day? Dr. Eddie recommends moisturizing first thing in the morning and letting it dry before adding your sunblock.\u00a0 As an added bonus, the doctor says the sunscreen will be more evenly applied if the skin is well moisturized.\u00a0 And just as you choose a moisturizer that\u2019s all-natural, fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin, \u201cchoose a sunblock that is paraben-free and also made for sensitive skin.\u201d (And no - the sunblock doesn\u2019t count as your moisturizer - we asked!) Then at the end of the day, moisturize again, preferably with a non-greasy eczema cream. \u201cA major tenet of moisturizing with eczema is that you want to put it on right after the bath when the skin is still a bit humid,\u201d says Dr. Eddie. The good news is some people will experience an easing of eczema symptoms over the summer, but the best way to enjoy a summer that\u2019s cool and carefree is to still give your skin the TLC it needs.\u00a0 And that\u2019s true for everyone\u2019s skin, eczema or not!