With it being summer time, the kids are out of school, our work pace maybe slowing down, and we seem to have so many holidays, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, here in Utah we have Pioneer Day. It seems to be the perfect formula to take some time off and go on a vacation!
When we travel we pack for where we are going, if we are going to the beach you pack shorts, swimsuits, sunscreen, etc, if your going to a cooler climate you pack jackets, boots, etc. The one thing some of us do not consider is the humidity or lack thereof. This week I’m going to go into moisture and dryness and how it affects our skin and hair and what to bring on your next vacation to keep your hair and skin looking great.
Living here in Utah it is very dry, the summers are extremely hot and dry, and the winters are cold and dry. When I travel to places like New York, California, or Florida, I must pack differently because the humidity affects my skin and hair differently. Let’s break down how to prepare for different humidity levels when traveling, because if you have curly hair and live or travel to places with high humidity you know what it can do to your hair.
Dry areas, little to zero humidity: The lack of moisture in the air can be harsh, especially for those who are used to having some sort of moisture. If you are traveling or moving from a high humidity area to a dry area here is how to take care of your skin and hair.
Dryness, what it does to our hair: A dry atmosphere can dry out our hair and cause it to split faster and cause breakage. To combat this, you must use a daily conditioner every time you wash your hair. If you are also blow drying your hair this obviously dries out your hair, in this case use a leave in conditioner, leave in conditioners add extra moisture and prevents the hair from becoming to dry and brittle. Dry hair can also cause ‘fly away hair’ which is caused by static in the hair. Most people add hairspray to tame the fly away hair, but hairspray has alcohol and dries out the hair more, instead use an oil-based product (like argon oil) to add moisture back in the hair and this will tame the mane.
Dryness, what it does to our skin: Having the lack of moisture in the air can cause the skin to dry out, crack, and worst-case scenario bleed. To avoid this, add lotion on your body every time you get out of the shower. This will add oils to your skin and prevent it from drying out. For your face purchase a nice face crème or moisturizer to keep your face youthful and moisturized. Sometimes people experience dry and cracking in the nostrils and lips. This can be remedied by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on or around the areas of dry, cracked skin. Lastly, drink lots of water, you want to hydrate yourself from the inside out.
Humid areas with all the moisture in the hair: Moisture in the air can cause our skin to look wet or damp and cause our hair to frizz out or expand because it absorbs the water in the air.
Humidity, what it does to our hair: Being in a humid area is great, our hair will absorb that moisture in the hair, but it can cause our hair to go flat if we have straight textured hair or cause it to become full and frizzy if we have a natural texture or curl. For those who have straighter hair and it goes flat, us strong holding hair products, hairspray is great because of the small trace of alcohol will give our style hold and prevent it from becoming to moist. For those who have curly hair, get a product with an anti-humectant, this will prevent the moisture from penetrating the hair and causing the frizz.
Humidity, what it does to our skin: My skin loves humidity! I do have very dry skin, so I really don’t need to do much. If you already have oily skin or combination skin, then humidity may cause even more of a shinny look. Getting a matte based face moisturizer will help keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from becoming to shinny looking. You should still apply a light weight body lotion as well, because the oils from the lotion will hydrate the skin, the moisture in the air is not hydrating and won’t keep your skin youthful looking.
Contrary to popular belief, the opposite of dry is not wet, it’s oil. Oil helps combat dryness hence why almost every remedy for dryness is oil-based products not water based, I will go into a whole post about this in the future, but for now trust me on this. Oil is your friend, even though it sounds scary.
I hope this helped you prepare for your next vacation or even help you nourish your hair and skin where you currently live.
Until next time,
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