Don’t we all long for a healthy, youthful and radiant complexion? We’re sure nobody wants that sticky, greasy feeling on their face. Unfortunately, fluctuation in humidity levels which is associated with climate change can negatively impact your skin and hair. High levels of humidity result in excessive sweating which leads to sticky, oily skin (a perfect breeding ground for bacteria), making your skin more prone to pimples and acne. An oily and sweaty scalp can block pores, resulting in various scalp problems. On the other hand, low levels of humidity can cause skin dryness.
In this article, we will be discussing how humidity can negatively affect your skin and hair as well as some easy to follow DIY methods to fix the problem.
How Does Humidity Affect Your Skin & Hair?
Measurement of humidity is based on the quantity of water droplets present in the atmosphere. High levels of moisture in the air causes the opening of pores to get clogged due to the accumulation of dirt, dust and grime, resulting in various skin and scalp conditions.
Extreme humidity can have a detrimental effect on the skin. While lower levels of humidity can result in extremely dry, itchy and inflamed skin, excessive humidity can lead to exaggerated sweating, making your skin more prone to rashes and acne.. People in low humidity areas are more susceptible to dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Dryness due to a fall in humidity level can have a damaging effect on your hair as it makes it dull, dry and frizzy.
Sometimes excessive humidity in arid conditions can lead to anhidrosis ( a skin condition in which the person's ability to sweat reduces). Excessive sweating can lead to an oily scalp which traps dirt, leading to various scalp infections including dandruff. Moreover, moisture-laden air can lead to unmanageable frizzy hair. To have healthy skin and a problem-free scalp, a perfect balance between humidity and dryness should be maintained.
How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Humid Weather?
Compared to the rest of your body, your facial skin is delicate and sensitive. It gets affected easily by climatic changes, fluctuations in humidity, making your skin more vulnerable to damage. Let’s elucidate on how to maintain healthy skin even with soaring humidity. Here are some derm approved skincare tips to have fresh, clear and radiant skin even in humid weather.
1. Always Keep Your Face Clean
Humidity is synonymous to sweating and excessive perspiration can cause accumulation of dirt, debris and grime on the skin. Additionally, the salt present in the sweat remains on the skin surface, making it more prone to acne. It is imperative to keep your skin squeaky clean at all times to keep acne and pimples at bay. Choose a light cleanser or a mild face wash to clean your face as heavy cleansers can dry out your facial skin.
Our skincare expert recommends using a skin cleanser containing a trace amount of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. These acids gently exfoliate your skin, dissolve the grime and product build up on the skin.
2. Use Light Moisturizer
Apply a light moisturizer, such as hyaluronic acid, which is easily absorbed into the skin, making it feel fresh, soft, and non-greasy.
3. Preventing Acne
Humidity can make your skin more prone to breakout. Make sure to keep your skin clean and use wet wipes to get the dirt and grime off your face. Do not touch your skin frequently as you may not want to add the bacteria present on your hands to adhere to your facial skin. This can aggravate acne and pimples.
4. Stay Hydrated
Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water as hydration is the key to healthy, glowing skin.
5. Stay Sun-Protected
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays whenever you step out of your home
How To Take Care Of Your Hair in Humid Weather?
Apart from skin, a humid climate can have a negative effect on your hair as well. It shrinks the pores of the cortex, reducing the hair's ability to retain moisture and nutrients. This leads to hair loss, hair breakage and split ends. Furthermore, it causes your hair to look dull, dry, and frizzy. Here are a few tips for avoiding the damage caused by humidity.
1. Use A Deep Conditioner
High humidity can strip your hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry, brittle and frizzy. Deep condition your hair after every hair wash to restore the moisture loss due to hair washing.
2. Look For Oil Balancing Haircare Products
Humidity causes a lot of sweating which leads to a greasy scalp. Use oil balancing ingredients such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid in your shampoo. Alternatively, try using apple cider vinegar on your scalp to maintain its pH balance.
4. Use Cold Water
Always rinse your hair with cold water as hot water can strip your hair of its natural moisture. Cold water keeps the cuticles of your hair closed, retaining moisture in your strands making them shinier and frizz-free.
5. Minimize The Use Of Styling Tools
Styling tools can damage your hair. Keep a check on the use of styling tools and use a heat protectant to protect your hair from heat damage.
6. Apply A Protective Layer On Your Strands
Apply hair serum to protect the outer layer of your hair from UV rays, pollution and extreme climatic conditions such as humidity, dry wind and cold wind.
While you cannot control humidity, following the aforementioned tips and tricks will most certainly help in maintaining the health of your skin, scalp and hair. Having a skin and hair care regime in place, will certainly help you battle the most extreme weather conditions, without causing any damage to your beauty assets.
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