We dress for the weather (moisture-wicking cotton tees in summer, cozy cashmere sweaters in winter), but did you know that your complexion needs a similar “wardrobe” of products? Here’s a quick cheat-sheet of climate-related skincare challenges and the ingredients that will help fix them year-round.
The Climate: Humid
Residents in moisture-rich areas like New Hampshire, Washington, Texas and Louisiana (not to mention many places in between) experience swamp-like conditions up to 83.5 percent of the year. What happens to skin in hot spots like these? “Humidity can cause an increase in sweat and sebum production,” says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D. “That leads to clogged pores and an oil-slicked complexion.” There is one plus side to sticky air, however. “Skin isn’t like to become dry, so it always appears plump and youthful,” Fusco says.
Skin Rx: Look for products labeled for normal to oily skin, since they contain pore-shrinking astringents. “Cleansers formulated with salicylic acid, lipohydroxy acid, benzoyl peroxide 2% and AHAs are ideal for these climates,” Fusco says. (We like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser, $5). After rinsing, use a cotton pad to apply a witch hazel-laced toner (such as Thayers Rose Witch Hazel, $9, at drugstores) over the oil-prone T-zone, then follow with a lightweight, mattifying moisturizer all over face and neck. “This will help absorb excess moisture and sebum while helping to keep makeup in place,” Fusco says. (Try Vichy NormaDerm Pro Mat Ultra Mattifying Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15, $22). In your purse, carry blotting tissues or a sheer mineral powder (Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 30 Orb Shimmer) and reapply as needed throughout the day. At night, after cleansing, smooth on a retinol-laced moisturizer over skin to help slough away dead cells and shrink pores.
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