Harsh climates can wreak havoc on middle-aged skin. The problem lies with the humidity of the air and the effect that has on our bodies, and ultimately our skin. This is particularly the case when we leave a cool air-conditioned home or office for the heat and humidity outside.
When we’re too hot we sweat to cool down, but our ability to do this in climates with high levels of humidity is drastically reduced. That’s because there’s so much water vapour in the air already that the sweat can’t evaporate, so we’re left with a layer of sweat on our skin clogging our pores.
The good news is that by changing our skincare routine to suit our climate, we can minimise any damage that the heat and humidity may cause, including wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing.
Cleanse your skin well
Blocked pores are bad news for our skin leading to spots, acne, and other imperfections. Regular cleansing is the best way to clean that sweat and clear our pores, particularly in humid climates where the skin produces more oil and sebum.
Don’t overdo it though! Over-cleansing can break the skin’s natural protective barrier and make it more prone to irritation and breakouts. Keep it simple with a twice a day routine using a lightweight cleanser.
Keep on top of that sun protection
Sun damage is one of the key culprits to skin damage and premature ageing, that’s because UVA rays penetrate to the deep layers of skin interfering with the collagen. Collagen is what keeps our skin elastic, so when that’s interfered with the skin will begin to wrinkle and age quickly.
A sun cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is important, and opt for makeup that contains SPF where you can. When you come back inside do use an after-sun gel to rehydrate and moisturise the skin.
Hydration is the key to looking after middle-aged skin
Our sweat draws salt and water out of skin meaning it becomes dehydrated quickly in humid climates. If we don’t keep on top of the water balance within our body, our skin can become dry and irritated.
Drinking lots of water throughout the day or eating tropical fruits like watermelon and pineapples are easy ways to stay hydrated on the inside. Using a lightweight water or gel-based moisturiser helps your skin battle dehydration from the outside.