HOT & HUMID
Where it is: Tropical and subtropical regions like the Gulf of Mexico, the South China Sea and Central to South America.
What it does to your skin: High heat and high humidity, the hallmarks of tropical paradises everywhere, have one less-than-idyllic side effect: sweat. Sweaty skin can lead to more bacteria growth and increased oil production, which in turn can lead to clogged pores, flare ups, oily skin and even heat rashes.
What you can do about it: Take back (oil) control with pore-purifying cleansers, water-based serums, hydrating face mists and cool showers. (That’s right. Long, hot showers aren’t helping.) Most importantly, don’t skip your moisturizer. When skin gets oily it's tempting to think it doesn’t need moisture, but lipids and hydrators are important to helping oily skin re-balance. So when the air outside feels like a sauna — thick and heavy — switch to a lightweight moisturizer, don’t skip it.
INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR
Bearberry leaves naturally contain arbutin, a potent skin brightener that diminishes the appearance of discoloration for a more even skin tone.
Thanks to its high clay-like porosity and fine pumice-like consistency, this natural detoxifier not only supports collagen production but also helps exfoliate for a smoother finish.
This under-the-radar super-seed is packed with vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants — all good news for the skin's moisture retention and youthful appearance.
From bread and whiskey to fighting wrinkles, rye is one multi-wonderful grain with a high mineral content that can help skin defend itself against visible signs of aging.
High in skin tone-improving antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin C, white mulberry helps calm stressed skin and fosters a brighter complexion.
Loaded with age-protective polyphenol antioxidants and vitamin E, these calming leaves may just be the cup of tea your skin routine is craving.
Word through the grapevine is that grape leaf is a rich source of skin-smoothing essential fatty acids and antioxidant-packed vitamins C and E.
Humid summer skincare tips
Opt for purifying cleansers that will clear out the gunk, oil and sweat without clogging pores.
Counter-balance heavier, thicker air with lightweight water-based serums and face mists.
Keep those showers on the shorter side with cool-to-lukewarm water to minimize skin’s exposure to more heat and humidity.
HOT & HUMID SKIN HEROES
To help skin stay clear and unclogged, start with this trio of texture-refining body serum, hydrating mist and smoothing serum-in-capsules.
Toning & Tightening Body Serum
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Retinol has long been lauded as royalty in the skincare realm. A derivative of vitamin A, it gets its reputation from its ability to help support natural collagen production, the protein that gives skin its firmness, and speed up cell turnover. Can we get a yas, Queen?!