How to Care for Skin and Hair in an Unpredictable Climate
If you live in an area where the weather changes from week to week or day to day, you’re probably in the habit of consulting a weather app before getting dressed. Taking a look at the wind and humidity predictions can help you properly protect your skin, style your hair (so it looks good all day), and apply makeup (so it lasts).
Windy, Dry Weather
From chapped lips to damaged hair, dry and windy weather can crash your beauty game. A humidity level below 40% is considered dry, and winds above 25 mph make for a windy day. And remember, many office buildings rely heavily on indoor heating during the winter, which can also exacerbate beauty concerns.
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Have a contingency plan for wind to prevent tangles and split ends.
Hair of any length or texture can get mussed and even damaged by wind. If you’re planning to spend time outside, including walking between buildings during your workday, keep a chic clip or scarf in your bag so you can temporarily pull your hair back or cover your head to keep your hair from wind’s reach. It never hurts to carry a mini hairbrush for quick touch-ups, too!
Combat static and lack luster hair with a deep-conditioning treatment or oil-based hair serum.
Drier air usually means drier hair, which is more susceptible to damage and static. Your scalp may even begin itching as climate zaps the natural moisture from your skin. For a deep conditioner, try Acure Organics Moisturizing Root Repair with Argan Stem Cell and Mint, a luxurious treatment that restores strength and manageability to hair. Follow with Yarok Feed Your Shine, an all-natural vitamin packed serum that doubles as a heat protectant.
Keep skin hydrated and supple with key ingredients.
Prior to moisturizing facial skin, apply a hyaluronic acid-rich serum. Hyaluronic acid helps skin retain moisture and strengthens its protective barrier. Try Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum, which is packed with fatty acids, peptides, and CoQ10. And follow with an oil-based moisturizer—just be sure the moisturizer is designed for facial skin and uses only non-comedogenic ingredients. (Try Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, a non-greasy, skin-loving multi-tasker.)
Don’t forget your lips, too. An oil-based lip butter like Gressa Lip Boost will moisturize and protect your lips from weather’s whims.
On windy days, opt for water resistant mascara.
Fierce wind can make eyes water, so selecting water resistant eye makeup products can mean the difference between killer lashes and a muddled "raccoon-eye” look. Try Beauty Without Cruelty Mascara, a smudge resistant formula that is safe for sensitive skin.
In dry weather, skip heavy powder to avoid looking papery.
Face powder has a tendency to collect in fine lines, which may be even more apparent in a dry climate. Opt for a light powder application or skip it all together in favor of dewy formulas like 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer and Glam Natural Cream Blush.
If the humidity prediction is 70% or greater, you’re likely to experience humidity’s beauty woes: Hair may become frizzy or refuse to hold volume or curl, skin may feel excessively oily, and makeup may slide around your face like oil in a hot pan.
Preventing frizz begins in the shower.
Choose shampoo and conditioner that are lightweight and moisturizing. Since frizz occurs when hair absorbs the moisture in the atmosphere, it’s essential to make sure hair is already well hydrated before stepping outside. Try Evolvh Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, two botanical-infused formulas to nourish hair from the inside out.
While your hair is still damp, apply a lightweight hair serum or leave-in conditioner to further moisturize hair. (Avoid roots if you have thin hair.) I.C.O.N. Healing Spray penetrates hair with aloe and quinoa to bind moisture. When drying your hair, aim the dryer nozzle down the length of hair to avoid roughing up the hair shaft. Make sure your hair is 100% dry, and give it a final blast with the cool setting. Finish with an anti-frizz, light-hold hair spray like Giovanni Ultra-Sleek Blow Out Styling Mist.
Maintaining curls or waves in humid weather requires proper setting time.
After creating a wave or curl, immediately set it with a hair pin and allow the hair to set for anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour (the longer the better). You can also try prepping hair with a hair primer like Living Proof Prime Style Extender Cream, designed to repel humidity and create a base for any hairstyle.
No time to bother with hot tools?
Instead of fighting the climate, embrace it and enhance your natural texture with a sea salt mist. Olivine Atelier Amongst the Waves Beach Hair and Body Mist combines mineral-rich Himalayan pink sea salt and coconut oil to encourage your natural texture in all its glory.
To minimize oiliness and fallen volume, keep travel-sized dry shampoo on hand.
Target the areas where hair tends to show oiliness first (like roots and hair around the temples), and follow these tips for making your dry shampoo more effective.
Take a less-is-more approach makeup when weather is humid.
When it’s humid outside, our skin is less likely to absorb the natural oil it produces, so it sits on the surface of skin—a recipe for makeup slip-and-slide. During these times, opt for a sheer layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer. (Try Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation.) Keep powder to a minimum since it tends to look cake-y as it absorbs the oil your skin produces throughout the day.
Stash blotting papers and q-tips in your purse to touch up makeup throughout the day.
Blotting papers help absorb excess oil while oil absorbing, pigment-laden beauty papers, like those by Mai Couture, can come in handy if your blush or bronzer fades. Clean up any smeared mascara with a q-tip.
Bonus tip on “weather” in the office:
Many of us are familiar with transitioning back and forth between muggy, outside weather to an overly air conditioned office. When you enter the office, step into the bathroom and blot any excess oil or sweat from your face. If left on skin, oil, and sweat will dry and hyper-pigment your blush and bronzer—not a pretty picture.