If you live in an area with high humidity, you know all too well that your skin can really suffer. Breakouts and excessive oiliness can become even worse when the air is humid. We can’t change the weather, but we can change up our skincare routines and make the humidity work for us.
When the temperature rises, so does our skin’s sweat and oil production. This mixture of sweat, oil and dead skin cells creates an unflattering sheen on our skin that magnifies the appearance of pores at best… and at worst, causes breakouts.
Choose a cleanser that manages oil and shine.
If you have dry skin, you’re probably used to hearing that you should use hydrating creamy cleansers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. But heavy, sticky cleansers can make matters worse. Switch out your heavy cream cleanser for a gentle, non-stripping cleansing gel or foaming cleanser to reduce shine during the day. You can always use your cream cleanser at night — it’s all about balancing your skin.
For those with oily skin, it’s time to skip the cream cleansers completely. Use a cleansing gel that removes the buildup of dirt and oils to give your skin a fresh start each morning and evening.
Exfoliate regularly to deep clean within the pores.
Oil and sweat aren’t the only culprits to bad skin days in humid weather. Dead skin cells clog pores and cause breakouts, especially when mixed with extra oil, sweat and dirt.
Harness the water in the atmosphere with hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found within the skin. In skincare formulations, hyaluronic can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, which means that it is perfect for rehydrating dry skin.
Humid weather is particularly good for hyaluronic acid, as this acid attracts water from the air and binds it to your skin. A good hyaluronic acid serum will boost your skin’s protective barrier, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deeply hydrate the skin for a brighter, smoother complexion.
For exceptionally glowing skin, always use your hyaluronic acid serum after cleansing. Gently tap in a few pumps onto damp skin to boost hyaluronic acid’s water-retaining capabilities. Seal your serum in with a moisturiser suited for your skin, and watch the humidity work to plump up your skin and boost your summer glow.