How to Moisturize by Climate

Moisturizing in a Hot Climate

Heat can be your skin's worst enemy: It can dry out skin, cause burns, increase oil production and cause breakouts. Just like people who live in a humid climate, you need to moisturize every day -- but be sure your moisturizer is noncomedogenic. Excessive heat combined with pore-clogging moisturizers can make your skin more prone to breakouts [source: Mann].

You may also want to consider using a moisturizer that contains sunscreen -- the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, contributing to early signs of aging and skin dryness. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a moisturizer that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen -- meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays -- with an SPF of at least 15 [source: Clark].

While it may be tempting to take a dip in the pool or ocean during hot summer days, be aware that it could dry out your skin. Your body's natural moisture can evaporate with the water after your swim -- but that doesn't mean you can't lounge in the pool. You can prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated by exfoliating after your swim and applying a moisturizer [source: Chung].

Although hot weather can be a pain for your skin, cold weather can also be damaging. Keep reading to learn how to moisturize your skin in cold climates.