With August and September out of the way, the really stifling days of humidity are done for now. But that doesn’t mean they’re gone for good… On those days when your hair looks like a nest and your skin is seeping oil like it’s Qatar, there are things you can do to kick humidity in the butt.
Malta might be lucky to get 300 days of sunshine a year but it’s also cursed with high levels of humidity that just makes most of us want to bang our unruly-haired heads against the wall. (Particularly, that is, when we spend ages getting ready, only to look like Tyra Banks on the occasions when she can’t be bothered to put make-up on and tells the world she’s doing it to show ‘women out there’ that she is just like the rest of us. Bullocks!)
Nevertheless, there are things we can do to make sure our hair, skin and make-up look good even when humidity’s so high the hygrometer is going whack. Here’s a list of what’s worked for me.
Dealing with Frizzy Hair:
Use a sulphate-free shampoo and copious amounts of conditioner – which should be left in for a good 10 minutes to give your hair weight. Then use a wide-toothed comb to work through tangles (as other brushes or combs will stretch your hair). Apply anti-frizz serum and air-dry your hair (i.e. don’t use a hairdryer). Finally spray de-frizzing hairspray to keep the look all day long! You, one: Mother Nature, zilch!
Dealing with Oily Skin:
Oily skin comes about thanks to a combination of many factors, including lifestyle choices. When I feel adventurous and deep-fry my chips instead of baking them, my skin gets so angry it starts spewing Carapelli. Humidity also doesn’t help to keep your skin looking nice and fresh, but, thankfully, as the most intelligent species on the planet, we have managed to overcome this hurdle. Use matting moisturisers to combat shine, pore astringents to minimise the appearance of pores, and blotting paper to get rid of excess oil.
Dealing with Make-Up:
Are you ready to uncover a secret as big as the Law of Attraction? It’s a simple step you must add to your morning routine that will help you go so far with your make-up you’ll actually leave it in your will for your children to make use of. Right after you apply moisturiser (matting moisturiser, of course) apply some… primer! It’s a miracle comparable to the parting of the Red Sea by Moses. Primers give you a protective barrier against the elements, meaning your make-up will stay on and looking better for longer.
Can I hear a hallelujah?
Any other tips for combatting humidity? Let us know!