A little humidity can be a good thing for keeping your skin soft and hydrated. But when the water in the air tops 50 percent or more, it can leave your complexion sweaty and shiny and can even lead to breakouts.
You may be surprised to learn that you do not actually perspire much more when the humidity is high, but that sweat simply stays on your skin longer because it does not evaporate into the air as quickly. When sweat hangs around, it can result in blocked pores. Plus, humid air can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, giving skin an oily appearance. Eventually the combination leads to more frequent breakouts.
- Start and End Each Day with a Cleanser. Cleanse morning and night to remove makeup, grime and excess oil. Your skin will feel refreshed and clean when the day’s impurities are removed from your skin.
- Look for the Right Ingredients. Cleansers with salicylic acids helps remove dead surface skin cells and keep pores clear to help prevent breakouts from forming.
- Moisturize and Do Not Forget the SPF. Use an oil-free moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 to protect against UV exposure from the sun, a common threat in hot and humid climates.
- Counteract Dryness with a Water-Based Moisturizer. At night, use a lightweight, water-based moisturizer to seal in moisture and help keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. Look for one that is non-comedogenic which means it will not clog pores.
Whether you live in a year-round humid climate near the Equator or you only experience intense humidity during the summer months, your skin does not have to take the heat. Combat humidity with these simple tips to get beautiful, ageless skin, so you stay acne and shine free.