We had a Cheeky contact us on our blog the other day asking about the best lightweight moisturizer for her when she’s sweating and dealing with humidity issues on her oily skin. She’s in her mid-sixties and absolutely beautiful! She’s probably got a mix between some hormone heat stuff going on and the overall humidity that her hometown brings. With those two things happening she was finding that her current moisturizer is really getting into her eyes and causing a stinging sensation in general. So we certainly don’t want her dealing with those issues.
Moisturizers aren’t the only thing you can do to beat the humidity and those female hot flashes 😉 You can really cater your whole skincare routine to battle the humidity.
So humidity in normal people terms is just the amount of water vapor that’s in the air. So while my skin personally craves it, it’s like 7% humidity or something here… it’s not always what people want. High humidity or low humidity can both wreck havoc on our skin because remember, our skin LOVES balance.
Periods of high humidity, like summertime in the midwest, tend to result in increased sebum production and sweat, which can lead to clogged pores and dreaded breakouts. Plus, the damp, sticky weather means our skin is more likely to become host to bacteria. So not only are you sweating more than you’d like, your skin is also in like ‘help me mode’ wanting you to clean out your pores and protect your skin from ‘fun in the sun’.
So what does all this mean? If you’re dealing with the humidity in your neck of the woods and you want to maintain that glowy, dewey look without all the bad crap, then it’s time to check out what skincare routines we can get after.
Before we get into some of our favorite products, let’s discuss the tips and tricks you can do to keep your skin healthy, all while sweating profusely: #WeDontSweatHereWeDryOutMore
- Add salicylic acid to your routine! This will help exfoliate your skin and lift any unnecessary dirt and grime.
- Avoid wearing heavy foundations (or anything heavy for that matter).
- Find an oil-free SPF and I would personally recommend using a powdered sunscreen.
- Wash your face twice a day and double cleanse at night.
- Avoid products that are non-water based.
- I really like upping my vitamin C use in the summer because it tends to ‘dry my skin out a little’ (just be sure to use sunscreen & work into it slowly).
- Avoid the heat and humidity if you suffer from melasma.
- Up your at-home facial regime game – your skin is gonna need some serious exfoliating and you will most certainly see more black heads on your face. I just did 3 masks on Tuesday to get some ‘water’ back into my skin!!!! But if humidity is yo thang, you would consider more of a charcoal type mask.
- Whip out those oil blotting sheets and have no shame. They still work really well. Meaning they weren’t just a fad
- I would definitely make sure you use your cleansing brush, at least each night before you go to bed.
- Wash your face after excessive sweating. Especially if you’re working out outside. I keep those Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes in my purse and they are a lifesaver) – They aren’t just for makeup removal… so fellas, get after ’em too!
- Wear a light weight moisturizer!
- Avoid touching your face at all costs and keep a blotting device (napkin, etc.) in your pocket or bag to keep sweat at bay.
Our Favorite Humidity-Combating Products
SkinCeuticals Priming Toner (Salicylic acid product)
Don’t forget to check out Colorscience’s other great products on DermStore!
Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic™ Recovery Sleeping Mask – for those with dry skin