How to Moisturize by Climate

Moisturizing in a Humid Climate

Although humid locations have plenty of water in the air, that doesn't mean you don't need to moisturize. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to use a daily moisturizer -- oil seals in moisture, but it doesn't replace the moisture you lose each day [source: Bouchez]. But be sure to use a noncomedogenic moisturizer -- meaning it won't clog pores -- because when dirt, oil and dead skin clog pores, your skin can break out [source: Mann].

Moisturizers that contain humectants work best in humid areas -- they absorb water from the air and require a high level of humidity to be effective. Look for urea, glycerin or alpha hydroxy acids on the ingredient list [source: Mayo Clinic]. You may also want to try a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Whenever your skin will be exposed to the sun -- even on cloudy days -- you should wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 [source: American Academy of Dermatology].

Humid weather often goes hand in hand with high temperatures. For tips on how to moisturize in hot climates, read the next page.