We’re all too familiar with the effects of humid weather on our skin. It can make it oily, which leads to breakouts and blackheads. And that sticky feeling you get in humid weather is exactly what you may be afraid it is. The moisture in the air is collecting dirt, pollution, pollen, and other icky things and sticking them right to your skin. Yuck.
Don’t get weighed down
Clean, clean, clean. This is not the time to skip makeup removal on a Saturday night or give your skin a day off. Take preventative measures. One of our favorite tips for when you are spending the day outdoors, at the beach or in the mountains, is to carry pre-moistened vitamin-C enriched cleansing cloths with you. Use them two or three times a day, and don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen frequently.
If your skin isn’t too sensitive, choose a cleanser with salicylic acid for an extra cleaning boost to make sure all of the day’s damage gets wiped clean. If you’ve got sensitive skin, try using the salicylic acid cleanser just a few times a week.
Make sure your skin is getting enough good, healthy moisture. It may seem odd that you need to moisturize your skin that is already suffering symptoms due to extra water in the environment, but it is very important. If your skin is happy and healthy and fully moisturized, it’ll be less susceptible to the damaging impacts of pollen, pollution, and dirt that can build up. Think of moisture as your skin’s number one defense, whether the weather is super humid or very dry.
Get a facial
Refreshing your face with a gentle peel or gentle microdermabrasion always makes your skin healthier and more resilient. But the benefits are even greater when you’re living in hot, humid conditions. Choose a collagen mask followed by hydrating ultrasound therapy to help your skin defend itself and stay healthy and glowing.
If you are living in an area where the humidity is regularly above 50 percent, it is really a good idea to get a weekly facial. A quick, moisturizing facial once a week to compliment your monthly routine will make your face very happy. If you can’t make it into the spa every week, pick up some products from your esthetician, and ask for advice about how to best use them at home.
See the dermatologist
Some skin conditions can be aggravated by high humidity. If you suffer from eczema or other skin conditions and notice that they are worse in humid environments, ask your dermatologist for recommendations. They’ll know which products are best suited to your skin type and condition.
We know, we say this all the time. But in humid weather, you are more prone to overheating and dehydration. Stay out of mid-day sun, and be sure to always have water with you when you’re out and about.
Follow those tips and your skin will survive the hot, humid weather with flying colors. And, don’t forget to come see us for Nashville’s best facials, massages, and rejuvenating treatments, including dermaplaning and Botox.