The short answer – YES!
When you live in the tropics, where humidity hovers around 80% on average (daily!), one would think that we’d have enough moisture on our skin to go through the day. NOPE. Not true. Our skin is more vulnerable to dirt, oil, toxins and pollution from our surroundings as the pores of our skin are more likely to become enlarged in our humid weather. It can make our face more prone to acne, blemishes and other related skin issues. It may be a bit tricky to find the right moisturizing routine as most beauty tips are catered to those living in multiple seasons and might not be as effective for our tropical weather.
So, whether you have oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin, we’ve prepared some tips to help you stay fresh and young.
Why we need moisturizer
Ironically, the high humidity in our weather can also make our skin dry. This is due to the hot climate that comes with it, and drastic shifts in humidity as we tend to ‘take cover’ in air-conditioned areas. Pro-tip for flawless skin? Stay hydrated and keep yourself moisturized! Otherwise, your skin will have to compensate for the dryness by producing more sebum that could block your pores, leading to … *gasp* pimples and skin irritation.
Getting the right moisturizer is also (literally) the base of getting your makeup right. It is the age-old secret to looking flawlessly fabulous with your makeup. To achieve that full face glam, the key is to use right product for your skin type. As a rule of thumb (for all skin types), avoid using rich moisturizers or night cream for this. You’d want to use moisturizer that is lightweight to allow your skin to ‘breathe’ underneath the makeup!
Don’t worry too much about finding the right moisturizer for you. Hada Labo, Simple, Aiken are just some of the trusted brands that are easily found at local pharmacies and beauty stores, including the ones on cari@unifi Jom Bento
Some beauty secrets
Good things need to be shared! We’ve gathered the essential moisturizing tips for your easy reference:
Choose the right moisturizer
Getting the right moisturizer for your skin can be tricky, but as a general guide, gel or water-based moisturizers are always a good option. They are light enough to avoid the sticky feeling when you sweat. Use non-comedogenic products (they don’t block your pores) and look out for moisturizers that contain humectants – they absorb water from the air and require a high level of humidity to be effective, making it perfect for our tropical climate.
(For those wondering what humectants are, here are some of the ingredients you should look out for in your product: urea, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and sorbitol.)
Also, please look out for ingredients that might irritate your skin!
Protect your skin from the sun
Given the harshness of the Malaysian sun, it is a good idea to get moisturizer that contains sunscreen of at least 15SPF! This 2-in-1 creation now gives us no excuse to put on our sunscreen. And yes, please put on sunscreen even if you’re indoors! Not only does it protect you from the sun, but it also prevents wrinkles while keeping your skin hydrated.
The perfect time to put on moisturizer
We’ll keep it simple for this one:-
- In the morning
- After washing your face/showering/swimming (basically when your skin is still damp)
- Before bed
Be gentle to your skin
An underrated advice! Instead of rubbing in your moisturizer, it is recommended to pat the moisturizer into your skin instead. This way, it will distribute the product evenly without damaging your precious skin cell. Best to do it with gentle, upward strokes to ‘defy’ gravity and discourage your skin from sagging! Think of it as giving yourself a facial massage. And don’t forget the areas that shows aging easily – face, neck and chest.
Remember to not overdo it on the oily areas of your skin (forehead, nose). Over moisturizing is not good for your skin too.
A little extra tip: For those wearing makeup, we recommend waiting for about five minutes to let your skin properly absorb the moisturizer before applying your foundation.
Ironically, the high humidity in our weather can also make our skin dry. This is due to the hot climate that comes with it, as well as drastic shifts in humidity as we tend to “take cover” in air-conditioned rooms. Therefore, don’t skip the moisturizer and stay hydrated!
But of course, applying moisturizer is not the only way to keep your skin hydrated. It should go hand-in-hand with your daily lifestyle. Here are a few extra tips to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated:
Lay off the air conditioner!
Yes, it’s tempting to stay in a nice, cool, air-conditioned room as long as the sun is still out there. But it also makes your skin dry. So, turn off the AC to let your skin breathe!
You are what you eat
Healthy diet = healthy skin. Nourish yourself from within and see the changes it will do to your body. The health of your skin is significantly affected by what you eat. Here are some of the best food to keep your skin healthy:
- Avocado: A crowd favourite in our era, it is rich in healthy fats, proteins and vitamins to help keep your skin stay flexible and moisturized.
- Sweet potatoes: A serving of baked potatoes contain enough to provide Vitamin A for your skin (essential for skin repair) and can also act as a natural sunblock to help protect your skin.
- Fish: Salmon, mackerel, herring are some of best sources for omega-3 fats. These fats encourage your body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds and may help to ease skin conditions.
- Tomatoes: Rich in vitamin C, tomatoes are excellent food for maintaining healthy skin and may even help slow down the wrinkles on your face.
To stock up on your healthy food, check out our sellers at cari@unifi
Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking six to eight glasses of water. It is still the best beauty advice. Lack of water can have an almost immediate effect on your skin – as it will look dry, tired and slightly grey with even a mild dehydration.
Last but not least, treat yourself to a spa or facial session to relax! If you’re ready to pamper yourself, here are some of our recommended spas for you:
Start moisturizing today and live a healthy lifestyle!