The conversation around humidity and humid climate is usually about how sticky and sweaty we tend to feel, especially during the summertime. While this is true, and humid air can make it difficult for oily and acne prone skin types to feel comfortable, humidity has benefits for your skin! That’s right, humidity is our ally when it comes to the appearance of skin aging.
Skin Benefits of Humidity
Improved moisture retention – with more moisture in the air, our skin is less likely to lose its natural moisture content, staying soft, supple and hydrated more easily.
Reduced lines and wrinkles – a study was performed in Japan testing the effect of room humidity on the formation of wrinkles. The results showed that with just a 30% increase in relative humidity, skin properties were positively affected. Subjects in a drier climate had significant decrease in skin elasticity and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. This certain study showed that increased humidity had a positive effect on skin properties, particularly when it came to formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Less incidence of irritation – dry skin often experiences redness, itching and flaking. When there’s little to no moisture in the air, the skin is more likely to become irritated. However, in a humid climate, dry skin gets help from increased levels of moisture in the air to keep the skin more moisturized, resulting in smoother and less irritated skin.
Skincare During Humid Months
Keeping a clear, radiant complexion is dependent on several factors, one of which is to switching up your skincare regimen for different seasons, regardless of skin type. For that reason, we have hand-picked two of our products that we feel are essential during humid weather!
Moisture pulled into the skin without a heavy feel.
A light, gently exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid hydrates oily skin types that experience excess buildup during humid months. Adding Retinol to your skincare routine during those months can also minimize the appearance of pores and support your cell turnover.