6 Skin-Care Essentials You Need When It’s Humid
Let’s face it: Keeping our skin looking fresh in the summer heat and humidity can be quite the challenge. From sweat ruining your makeup look to a greasy T-zone, these common summer skin woes are our least favorite part of the season. Thankfully, there are ways to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best — even in intense humidity! Read on for six skin-care products that should definitely have a place in your summer arsenal.
Reducing the appearance of excess shine on your skin isn’t just a matter of picking the right makeup, it starts with your skin-care routine! To help keep unwanted shine at bay, we recommend a mattifying cleanser, like Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel. The daily gel cleanser — formulated with charcoal — dissolves dirt, excess oil and makeup for skin that’s deeply clean and shine free.
After cleansing the skin, following up with a toner can be a helpful step to reduce the accumulation of unwanted shine throughout the day. Reach for a toner that not only gently removes any remaining residue or dirt lingering on the skin, but also helps visibly reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. The non-drying, alcohol-free formula does all that without stripping the skin of vital moisture.
In the warm summer months, we like to switch out our heavy face creams for lightweight alternatives, like gel and serum formulas. One of our favorite liquid hydrators is L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Oily Skin. This gel-based moisturizer offers instant and continuous hydration for normal to oily skin types. Formulated with aloe water and three types of hyaluronic acid, it instantly locks in moisture and delivers a mattifying action to removing excess sebum. The result? Skin that feels fresh and looks healthy and mattified.
Deep clean your pores during (and after) a sticky, humid summer with regular applications of a clay mask. One of our favorites? Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay, this cleansing mask helps eliminate debris, dead surface skin-cell accumulation and toxins, as well as purify pores to minimize their appearance.
Once your makeup is in place, you’ll want it to stay that way as long as possible. To help fight the makeup-melting effects of humidity, reach for a product that not only sets your makeup, but also helps reduce the need for frequent touch-ups, like Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. This lightweight mist — with high-tech ingredients that control oil and deflect surface shine — helps keep foundation, shadow, and blush from smudging, sliding, or fading. After completing your makeup look, mist a few spritzes of De-Slick over your complexion in an “X” and “T” formation. Just be sure to keep your eyes closed!
We all know how important it is to reach for broad-spectrum SPF on a daily basis, regardless of the weather conditions. For a sunscreen that won’t weigh your skin down, we recommend reaching for a stick like CeraVe Sunscreen Stick with Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This oil-free sunscreen stick with ceramides and hyaluronic acid feels lightweight on the skin and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Like all sunscreens, be sure to reapply at least once every two hours or immediately after swimming, sweating or toweling off, and pair with additional sun-protection measures such as seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.