How to protect your skin in the heat and humidity
If the weather is wreaking havoc on your skin lately, worry not! Here's a nifty guide on keeping your skin cool and calm while preventing heat-induced breakouts:
Take a chill pill
You may be tempted to constantly wash your face every now and then just to get rid of that sticky, sebum-filled layer on your skin, but don't be too quick to rinse your face just yet. Overly-cleansing your skin may strip its natural oils and moisture, so here's our tip: cool it down with an invigorating facial mist that's packed with the good stuff i.e. not just water as that will actually draw moisture out of your skin than hydrate it.
But if your skin feels like it could use an ice bath, don't reach for ice cubes just yet—you don't want to get ice burn on your face! Wrap a few ice cubes or an ice ball with a towel and gently dab it over your face to cool it down. Other tools you can refrigerate before application include jade rollers, metal teaspoons, and even cryo face massagers for a therapeutical skin treat.
On that note, keep everything else chilled
Not sure what you can chuck in the fridge and what doesn't belong there? Here is an easy guide to start out with, but for easy (and future) reference, remember that water-based products are fridge-friendly, and wax- and oil-based products may not fare too well as they could solidify in colder temperatures. Sheet masks and specific beauty tools (made of crystals) are great additions in your fridge—and even better for your skin on hotter days.
Calm it with a sheet mask
Our favourite kind of sheet masks come chilled and are eco-friendly, but if you have no clue where to begin in terms of DIY-ing your own sheet mask, here's a quick guide: Soak a piece of undyed muslin cloth in rice water (for anti-ageing properties), squeeze out the excess, and then leave it over your face for 15 minutes. Once you're done, simply rinse your cloth out and let it dry to reuse it for your next self-care session.
Tip: Refrigerate the rice water beforehand for a more refreshing experience.
Keep an eye out for skin-loving ingredients
Now that you've quenched and treated your skin accordingly, here's what you can apply to keep it protected from the heat and humidity. Look out for skin-calming ingredients that won't aggravate it further and to help prevent redness/inflammation—we like actives such as Centella asiatica (or madecassoside), chamomile, colloidal oatmeal (especially great for dry and sensitive skin types), liquorice root, panthenol and aloe vera.
Tailor your skincare needs accordingly
When it's super humid out, the last thing your skin needs is a heavy-duty moisturiser along with a few layers of serum, essence, and facial oil (eek!). Understanding your skin's needs is more important than sticking to your routine, especially when your skin is easily reactive and sensitive to the environment.
For starters, use a lightweight gel/water-based moisturiser that absorbs quickly, and don't forget to layer on sunscreen right after.