The hot Summer months can be brutal to your skin because of heat and humidity: the amount of moisture levels in the air. Our skin has about 70-80% water which helps preserve skin elasticity and healthy cells. Living in low humidity areas can cause dry skin and can worsen skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis. High humidity areas are great for people with dry skin, helping the skin stay supple, but not the best for acne-prone skin.
Here’s some tips to help protect your skin in hot, humid conditions:
1. Nourish the skin
Use the right cleanser and moisturizer for YOUR skin type. High humidity increases oil production causing more breakouts. Using salicylic acid and oil-free products will help regulate oil. Products with hyaluronic acid significantly bins water, keeping all layers of the skin moist in low humidity areas.
2. Rinse after the pool
Chlorine can strip the skin’s natural oils. It’s best to use a gentle body wash to balance the skin’s ph. The will alleviate dry skin.
3. Apply sunscreen
Rainy days has UVA Rays that cause wrinkles and other pre-mature aging. Re-apply between swimming and during prolong sun exposure. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a 30-50 SPF.
4. Drink that water
The best beauty tip. The heat evaporates water from the skin. Keeping the body hydrated will plump the skin by replenishing its water. This helps avoid wrinkles, crow’s feet and laugh lines from forming.
5. Wear minimal make-up
A melting face is not appealing. Consider using a tinted moisturizer that will give you just enough coverage with added SPF. For fuller coverage, use a matte primer before applying your foundation and eyeshadow. Waterproof mascara is ideal for the poolside. Add a lip tint for a hint of color.