It really comes as no surprise that one of the staple tenets of skin care is to moisturize. But it's a little more nuanced than that: skin hydration is a combination of drinking water and applying the right products at the right times. Where you live can definitely impact your skin care routine and what ingredients you need to nourish your skin. If clear, radiant and soft skin is a priority (as it should be!), it's definitely within your reach whether you live in a dry, humid, hot, cold or windy area! Keep reading ahead to learn the ins and outs of how to hydrate your skin in different climates. 

Taking Care of Skin in a Dry Climate

Low moisture in the air can easily dry out the skin, causing symptoms such as tightness, itching, flaking, cracking and redness. Moisturizing is especially critical in a dry climate, as it helps seal water from leaving your skin. Avoid personal care products formulated to remove oil from the skin and instead focus on adding skin lotions and shower gels with moisturizing agents. 

Wondering how to keep skin hydrated in a dry climate? Try Revitalizing Oils Moisturizer — primrose and avocado oil will restore your skin's moisture barrier. When you head into the shower, treat stressed-out skin to Coconut Body Wash, which delivers hydration with jojoba oil, organic coconut oil and organic shea butter for moisturizing goodness. 

Taking Care of Skin in a Humid Climate

Extra moisture in the air is a good thing, right? Well, you can definitely have too much of a good thing! Too much humidity can invite the skin pores to open up, leading to more sweating and pore-clogging — in turn, this can lead to skin blemishes and irritation, not to mention an unpleasant greasy feeling. 

When taking care of skin in a humid environment, you don't want to use makeup or skin care that's too thick. For moisturizers, stick to something lightweight, such as Cucumber & Aloe Facial Lotion. To remove oils and tighten pores, pick up a toner such as Cucumber & Aloe Facial Toner. Don't forget to exfoliate with a facial scrub and a body scrub once or twice a week, either!

Hydrating Body Scrubs

Taking Care of Skin in a Hot Climate

While we love warm, sunny days, a hot climate can pave the way to skin irritation and long-term skin damage. Warm temperatures can increase oil production, and sun exposure can burn the skin, decrease its elasticity and speed up aging. Using SPF and physically covering up the skin are musts. 

When it comes to skin care, you'll also want to exfoliate occasionally with a body scrub to remove oil and dirt buildup that can breed skin irritation and blemishes. And though splashing around cool water can seem moisturizing, it will dehydrate your skin, so you want to make sure to protect your skin's moisture barrier with a lotion or oil. While you might want to skip moisturizer to prevent oil buildup, an ingredient like jojoba oil can gently cleanse and moisturize the skin without clogging pores. Don't forget to thoroughly clean your face with a cleanser like Thoroughly Clean Face Wash to draw out impurities, either!

Taking Care of Skin in a Cold Climate

Cold climates can especially take a toll on the skin because you deal with cold air outside, hot air inside and dry air in general. Skin can become dry and itchy very quickly, and existing skin conditions can worsen as well. Suffice to say, moisturizing your skin is critical in a cold climate. 

One of the best ways to hydrate skin is to follow up a moisturizing cleanser with a nourishing face oil such as Restorative Face Oil, a silky, lightweight blend of oils such as organic evening primrose, marula, jojoba and argan oil. 

Taking Care of Skin in a Windy Climate 

A windy climate can often leave skin dry and chapped. One condition that you may experience is windburn, which is when your face becomes red and feels burned in cold, windy air. It's often compounded with sunburn, as snow and ice sometimes associated with windy regions can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays that hit the ground. 

To protect your skin, keep your face covered when you go outside on the gustiest days. In a windy climate, skin care should be focused on replenishing the skin's moisture barrier. Look for products with botanical ingredients such as aloe, which is fortified with antioxidants and enzymes to hydrate, and coconut oil, which is rich in vitamin E and saturated fatty acids to moisturize. Don't forget to give your lips a little TLC, too — a sun-protective lip balm will keep dry, chapped lips at bay. 

Whether you face humid air or gusty winds on the daily, you'll want to pay attention to your skin, cleansing and moisturizing it as part of your everyday care routine. For healthy and radiant skin, pamper yourself with nourishing moisturizers, cleansers and treatments from Desert Essence's hydrating skin care collection