Struggling with oily or greasy skin because of the humidity? Hot temperatures often coincide with high humidity, which can cause skin issues. Breakouts, clogged pores, heat rashes or bumps are all common problems that can link back to living in a humid environment. If you’re wondering what products to use for your skin, we’ve gathered some of the best products and ingredients to protect your skin from the harsh effects of humidity.
What A Humid Climate Does To Your Skin
People typically have oilier skin in humid climates or during the summer months. If you have genetically dry skin, you might find relief from living in a more tropical climate, as there is more moisture in the air. However, the moisture in the air combined with the high temperatures opens up your pores, leaving your skin more susceptible to trapping dirt and impurities.
According to dermatologists, humidity can trigger the following skin symptoms:
- Heat rashes
- Allergic reactions
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Hot, humid weather also causes a loss of hydration due to sweating. Loss of moisture disturbs the water and oil balance in your skin, which can cause unwanted skin issues like increased sebum production, greasy skin or breakouts. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of this skin type, read our guide to oily skin.
Or, if you live in an arid environment instead, you can read about what skin care products work best in a dry climate. Otherwise, read on to find out more about skin care products for a hot, humid climate.
Best Skin Care Products For Oily Skin
When you have oily skin, most people can’t help but touch their face constantly, but this action spreads dirt and bacteria around. A cleansing step in your routine will help keep your skin clear and refreshed. We recommend our Charcoal Exfoliating Gel Cleanser, which transforms from a gel to an exfoliating lather to wash away impurities and reveal a balanced complexion.
Don’t be afraid to use oils when you have oily skin. Adding moisture to the skin helps to reduce the oiliness because it helps slow down sebum production. The Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum gives your skin a youthful-looking glow with hyaluronic acid, rhubarb and vitamin-rich strawberries. Strawberries have salicylic acid that gently exfoliates the skin. In addition, botanical hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient that replenishes the look of the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To balance out your skin, Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar recommends using the Strawberry Rhubarb Masque one to two times a week. Again, it has strawberries, rhubarb and shea butter, plus kaolin clay to mildly exfoliate, remove impurities and shrink the appearance of pores.
Applying sun care is one of the most important steps in your daily skin care routine, but have you considered using a powder product? If your skin is already feeling sticky and greasy, you may not want to apply traditional sun care products that tend to have heavier textures. Instead, try the Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals powder. This is a non-pore clogging, hypoallergenic powder that serves as a light-weight makeup powder with sun care benefits. Weightless and easy to apply, our Sun Defense Minerals are a great option for humid, hot weather.
Watch this In The Mix video for an in-depth discussion on choosing the best skin care products for a humid climate. .
3 Tips For Managing Oily Skin In A Humid Climate
Now that you have an oily skin care product list in mind, here are some helpful tips from dermatologists for reducing excess oil.
Use Blotting Papers
Wipe off that shine with blotting papers! If you’re worried about greasy skin at work or when you’re out with friends, you can quickly grab one from your bag and dab the excess oil away in seconds. Your skin will look far more matte. Just avoid rubbing the paper across your face, as this will spread the oil to other areas.
Don’t Over Wash Your Face
It seems logical that cleansing would help with oily skin, but over-cleansing (three or more times a day) may trigger your skin to create more sebum and excess oil. Board-certified dermatologist Dr Loretta Ciraldo tells Allure the only time you would need to wash your face more than twice a day is to remove impurities like saltwater after a swim in the ocean or sweat after an exercise session.
Consider Your Foundation
We’ve recommended a mineral sun care powder above, and for good reason! It won’t clog your pores and feels light on your skin. It isn’t as long-wearing as a foundation but is a better option for letting your skin breathe.
Are you ready to update your skin care routine? Visit an Eminence Organics Spa Partner to learn more about products for a humid climate.