Everyone knows that humidity wreaks havoc on your hair, but did you know that it also affects your skin? Hot, humid air can take a toll on your skin, reducing the body’s natural moisturizing oils and causing dry skin. But at the same time, the sticky, humid weather makes your skin sweat more, and sweat that doesn’t evaporate can lead to clogged pores, acne and other unsightly problems. So what can you do about it?
Make sure you’re showering every morning to rid your body of any sweat and moisture produced overnight. Wash your face first thing in the morning and again at night, and if you find that you’re especially oily mid-afternoon, wash it again or keep face wipes on hand at work. Blotting sheets will also help clear some of the moisture and oil from your face.
You also want to make sure you’re still moisturizing. You might think moisture is the last thing your skin needs in the summer, but in high humidity, the skin’s production of natural moisturizing oils is reduced. This can lead to dryness, inflammation and skin flaking. According to Eucerin, our skin becomes more permeable in hot, humid weather, allowing more moisture to escape. Make sure you continue your moisturizing routine, applying lotion after your shower and using a light face moisturizer with SPF.
If you’re house is particularly humid, or if you’re not big on air conditioning, invest in a quality dehumidifier. They can make a big difference, even if you just turn it on while you’re sleeping!