How Does Humidity Affect Your Skin And Hair?
If you are a Karachiite or you live in a city where humidity keeps fluctuating, and the amount of water vapor in the air, then you must have heard weather experts predicting extreme sweaty days than usual and there is no way we can escape it. Almost all humans experience changes, particularly in skin and hair, when the humidity level changes or on the onset of a new season, but have you ever wondered why that happens? Is it because our skin and hair do not like change in weather? No, this is not the case. This all happens when there is a fluctuation in the humidity level. When the amount of water vapors is already high in the air it becomes harder to remove sweat via evaporation.
Whether the humidity level is high or low, it deeply affects your hair and skin. Besides other changes in the body, we notice changes that we probably hate the most – bad skin and hair days.
High Humidity Affects
We all have used the ‘day hair day’ caption to post a picture on social media on days when our hair appears frizzy and crinkled. This happens when the level of humidity is higher in the air. The moisture in the air makes your hair feels rough and appears crimpy.
Acne breakout is the worst nightmare. Due to excessive sweating on days when the level of humidity is higher than normal, one of the common outcomes is acne breakouts. Sweat clogs your skin pores, resulting in cystic acne, blackhead, whiteheads, and painful bumps on your skin which causes redness, itching, and discomfort.
Just like other skin problems, excessive sweating gives you rashes. Small red bumps that make you feel itchy and uncomfortable are called rashes which happen due to excessive sweating and heat. Sweat doesn’t dry out when the amount of water vapors is higher in the air and this gives your skin hard time.
Low Humidity Affects
The low humidity levels pull moisture from the skin, leaving the skin full and seeming dry. Wrinkles appearance is the most common outcome of low water vapors in the air. We all use a lot of moisturizers and lotion during winter because the humidity level is lower in winter than in summer.
People living in low humidity environments very often complain about having difficulty styling their hair. Because of the low moisture content amount in the air, hair can frizz out, they have a tendency to look dry and damaged.
How to fix these issues?
The level of humidity in the air is inescapable, we have to live with it but the effects could be controlled to some extent. We all have seen numerous products on the racks in the supermarkets or at your beauty products stores with labels saying anti-humidity skin or hair products. But do these products actually work? Yes, most of the products do help you fix the issues that you are facing, while some don’t.
Whether the humidity level is high or low or any other weather condition, wearing sunscreen could help you from many skin problems and it could also slow the aging process.
Many people with oily skin believe that using moisturizer is going to make their skin oilier. No, this is a complete lie. Moisturizing is as important for the skin as food is for the body, irrespective of the skin type. No matter what the humidity level is, moisturize your skin.
Oiling your hair is essential. It is like food for your hair, whether you have an oily scalp or dry, oiling it once a month is necessary. Doing home remedies like putting egg and yogurt masks in your hair could help you improve the texture of your hair.