Summer weather means many things: barbecues, days at the beach, pub gardens, journeys to distant lands… and changes to your skin. Hot weather can cause your skin to behave differently, but with a few key changes to your daily routine, you can have nourished skin all summer.
What happens to your skin in summer?
Hot weather does a number of things to your skin. The main thing to think about is dehydration; heat causes more water to leave the body which can lead to it feeling seriously thirsty. This can cause dry skin, which itself can become irritated. There is also an increase in sweat and oil, which can cause unwanted blemishes.
Further to that, the sun can be very damaging to skin. Of course, we all want to laze about and take in some rays, but the sun can be damaging to the skin if you don’t use a product with SPF. Another thing that can lead to dryness in the summer is air conditioning – it might be soothing, but it can be an annoyance for sensitive skin.
Does high humidity cause oily skin?
Changes to the environment around us have a direct effect on our skin. When humidity is high, your sebaceous glands overproduce sebum which makes the skin look oily. You might think that more facial cleanser and laying off the moisturiser is your best bet, but that’s not the case. In fact, you’ll end up stripping the skin of all its oils, which is detrimental.
High humidity also makes you sweat more. Sweat collects bacteria and oils which make their way into your pores; this is why it is so important to use a face wash every morning and night.
Oily skin can be combated relatively simply if you choose a product dedicated specifically to oily skin, like our Oil Control Face Wash and Oil Control Moisturiser. Made with witch hazel, will bark, and juniper, it’s been designed to reduce the appearance of shine without removing the skin’s vital natural oils.
Should you moisturise in humid weather?
Moisturising is a key part of any skincare routine, in summer and winter. As we mentioned, you might think that an increase in sweat and, therefore, oil means that moisturiser just doubles up on the problem. However, it’s a bit of a catch-22 because if hot weather dries out your skin making your glands produce more sebum, then you stop moisturising to counteract, you are actually just making your skin even drier.
So, keep up with the moisturiser as much as you would in mild weather. Choose one that has been made specifically for men, like our Original Moisturiser. It harnesses the best of nature and the best of science, and it’s fast-absorbing which means it won’t leave you feeling greasy.
How do I take care of my skin in humid weather?
Taking care of your skin is important no matter what the weather does. If you already have a solid skincare routine then all you need to do is keep it up. Some added hydration by way of more moisturiser and drinking a lot of water should help keep things at bay during the summer months.
Sensitive and oil-prone skin may cause more issues but there are ranges that have been designed to help those specific skin issues.
What can I use for dry skin in summer?
If you struggle with dry or sensitive skin, the summer months might make you a bit nervous. Extra dryness in the air and moving in and out of air conditioning can decrease the skin’s hydration, which is why you will need to embrace a product that has been formulated specifically for sensitive skin.
Enter our Sensitive Range – a moisturiser, face wash, and face scrub made with baobab oil, oat oil and willow herb. This range cleanses and refreshes your skin without drying it out. It’s also fragrance-free and therefore gentle on the skin.
It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, summer is for everyone. Whether you’re enjoying a local staycation or venturing to more exotic climes, we’ve got a range of skincare products for you.