Tropical countries like the Philippines experience a lot of humid weather. People living in these places often say that the heat is not really the problem but the humid air around them. When the weather is humid people tend to feel the heat become warmer than usual.
High humidity happens when the air is thick with water vapor so it holds more moisture than normal. When this happens, our body cannot sweat out more as it is slower to evaporate. Which can cause our bodies to heat up to the point of becoming uncomfortably unbearable and getting us feeling more exhausted to a degree that may be dangerous to our health.
To have a better understanding of the effect of humidity in our body, we first need to know how our bodies control our internal temperature. When our bodies feel hot, the natural response of our system is to sweat it out. As the sweat evaporates, our bodies feel a little cooler thus preventing our systems to overheat.
In the case of high humidity, the sweat from our bodies cannot easily evaporate which makes us feel sticky and hot all over. So our body tries to work double time to help itself cool down which naturally would result to more sweating, increase in respiration and blood circulation.
So how does HIGH humidity affect your skin?
In trying to sweat out more, the pores of our skin opens up. When our pores are open, it becomes more susceptible to gather more oil, dirt and allergens. As the pores get clogged up, it begins to show in the form of skin breakouts, allergies, eczema, acne and other forms of skin disease.
What to do for protection?
If you are in highly humid areas, it would be advisable to seek out cool air-conditioned places during the hottest time of the day to prevent skin problems. If you need to go out, always bring with you some wet wipes to periodically clean yourself with as you sweat and increase water intake for hydration.
Does LOW humidity have a positive impact on your skin?
One might think that since high humidity is bad for the skin, so for sure, low humidity is good for it. This is arguably false. While low humidity might temporarily save us from the ill effects of exposure to highly humid places, long exposure to low humid areas as in air conditioned rooms has its share of negative effect on our skin. Staying too long in low humidity may also cause skin dryness, increase eczema, decrease in elasticity, increased roughness and significant increase in fine wrinkles.
What to do for protection?
It is critically important to keep yourself regularly hydrated and moisturized the entire time to combat the negative effects of low humid air.
Our skin needs a good balance of air humidity. Too high or too low will cause problems. If you’re worried about the condition of your skin, go to Loveli Skin Beauty Centre and have it assessed. They have products and treatments to help you look your best.