Four ways to care of your skin in humid weather

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Back in the day, a vigorous scrub with a bar of soap was all one needed to keep the skin clean. But as skin science improves, even casual skincare users have become versed in the many ways to take care of our skin.

With skincare seemingly more conducive in countries with cooler climate, this question begs — how can we translate skin care wisdom in our humid, tropical climate?

With our weather in mind, what should we be doing to make sure we keep our skin in top shape?

What’s certain is, regardless what products we use, it’s the habits that will keep our regimen in place. A fine way to start is to form weather-conscious skincare routines.

Avoid using body soap for your face

Body soap may have been an option when product availability was limited. But today, there are solid bar cleanser options that are ideal for facial use. They don’t have the abrasive qualities that may be found in body soap. They don't have dyes or scents that can be irritating on the face.

With Regular, Pink, and Sensitive variants, the Dove Beauty Bar may essentially have the same utility of soap, but it’s formulated to be gentle enough to cleanse the face. In fact, it has ¼ moisturizing cream to keep the skin soft and clean.

Align your skincare routine with the weather

Here in the Philippines where the seasons are simply dry or wet, the skin is subject to dirt, grime, mixed with perspiration. “[It] becomes a hotbed for bacterial and yeast overgrowth, and can worsen acne,” says Singaporean dermatologist Teo Wan Lin in her book “Skincare Bible: Dermatologist's Tips for Cosmeceutical Skincare.”

It’s then important to find the kind of skincare products that can be washed off one’s face without stripping it of their natural protective barriers.

Trusted beauty name Dove is beloved for Beauty Bar formulation, a solid cleansing bar that promises to rid the skin from everyday aggressors: from the air we breathe to the dirt we encounter.

But while it effectively removes daily grime, its ¼ moisturizing cream formulation allows our face to retain its natural dewiness. This is important in our humid weather to keep our skin from overproducing acne-causing oil, while letting the pores breathe.

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Don’t wash your skin bone dry

For many of us, the look and feel of squeaky-clean skin is ideal — with not a bead of oil to be found. But we now know that this means our skin is completely dried out, making it vulnerable to bacterial growth.

It’s important to use products that do not strip the skin’s own protective barriers. The Dove Beauty Bar’s formulation lets the mild surfactant complex retain the skin’s natural lipids.

Double cleanse to remove makeup

One of the most recent innovations in skincare is double cleansing at the end of the day: a two-step process of removing makeup, dirt, and grime with an oil-based cleanser, then applying a foaming cleanser.

The Dove Beauty Bar is lauded by users of the social media platform TikTok, having had thousands of views, with so many believing in its dual cleansing abilities.