Humidity is the measurement of water droplets present in the air. Sri Lanka is one of the most humid places in the world, with humidity levels ranging from 60 per cent to 90 per cent year round. Excessive humidity or too little of it can have adverse effects on your skin. For example, if you are living in places with too low humidity levels, your skin is likely to feel dry and scaly. On the other hand, your skin might get prone to acne and rashes if you are living in places that have high humidity levels, such as Sri Lanka.
Problems with High Humidity
High temperatures feel higher the more humidity there is. The combination of high temperature and humidity makes you sweat even more – sweat evaporates due to excessive heat but the moisture stays on your skin, making you feel even worse. Not only is this extremely uncomfortable, sweat is basically your body excreting chemicals and toxins that you do NOT want on your skin, clogging your pores and causing breakouts. To combat this, try washing your face every few hours or using a hydrating mist or moist towelette.
Anhidrosis is a skin condition in which a person is unable to sweat. Such a skin condition is more prevalent across hot and humid places like Sri Lanka. Due to extreme environmental humidity, your skin’s ability to sweat slowly reduces. When the sweat cannot evaporate, it stays back and blocks the sweat ducts. The blockage does not allow your skin to sweat. Naturally, sweat glands do not function properly.
Just like acne, excessive heating and sweating leads to development of heat rashes. Heat rashes occur when your sweat ducts are closed due to excessive perspiration. Small red bumps appear all over your body making you feel itchy and uncomfortable. There are multiple powders and creams to help with heat rash.
Low humidity means lack of moisture in the air and that is also a bad state for your skin. Any type of skin would need moisture to be soft and supple. Low humidity makes your skin run out of its natural oils. Lack of moisture makes it extremely dry and flaky. In severe dry conditions, you may also face cracking skin and bleeding. Hydrating mists are a good way to combat this.
If you are prone to skin allergies, low humid weather can make them worse. When the humidity level drops, it makes your body dry. Your nasal passage also becomes extremely dry. In the case of allergies, you may find your nose bleeding. Nose bleeding can lead to a sinus infection as well.
How To Take Care of Your Skin in Humid Weather
Knowing Your Skin
To save your skin from humid weather, start with knowing your skin. Understanding your skin type will help you determine what kind of precautions you need to take for extreme weather conditions. Among a plethora of products available for different skin types, choose the one that is best suited for your skin type. That way you would be able to prepare your skin for the humid weather.
Keep Your Skin Clean
If you are someone with oily or combination skin, humidity is certainly a factor that would cause your skin to feel worse. Make it a point to keep your skin clean at all times to prevent acne breakouts or other skin rashes. Use a non-comedogenic cleanser. Also if you have acne prone skin, use cleansers formulated with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
Moisturiser is a must irrespective of the humidity level. For high humidity conditions, you may choose a soothing lightweight moisturiser that keeps your skin soft and hydrated. If you are living in places with low humidity, your skin becomes dry and itchy. In such cases, it is better to apply a body lotion or body butter to protect it from being dry and dull.
Wear A Sunscreen
No matter what the weather condition is, applying sunscreen is compulsory. It is the best way to protect your skin from extreme weather conditions, besides shielding it from the harmful UV rays. Remember to wear sunscreen wherever you go out in the sun or you opt for a swimming session. Choose a sunscreen that suits your skin type and provides you with the maximum benefits.
Try A Humidifier
You can get a humidifier to control the environment of your home. A humidifier will help balance the air hydration by forcing moisture into the atmosphere. If you can control the environment around you, then you can control your skin as well. Humidifiers are extremely useful, especially during winter or summer.
Your skin can go through a lot of potential issues in both high and low humidity. Still, if you take precautions on time, it would be easier to protect your skin in both climates. Use best-suited products for your skin, adjust the humidifier, keep your skin moisturiser, and you are all set to fight the humidity war!
By Ruelle Sittampalam