The Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin: How Humidity Affects Your Skin

Are you on a quest to find the best moisturizer for oily skin?

If you’re plagued by an overabundance of oil when it comes to your complexion, you may blame your hormones, your skin type, or just your lot in life, but did you know that where you live may actually be the cause of your oily skin? Here, we’ll explain four reasons why the best moisturizer for oily skin is from Pour Moi Skincare. Whatever Pour Moi moisturizer you choose, it will focus on the climate and the environment you’re in – and not your skin type.

A Humid Environment Can Lead to Oily Skin.

“When it’s humid, it means the air is full of water and that water sits on your skin,” says Ulli Haslacher, the founder of Pour Moi skincare. While that may not seem like a big deal, our skin always wants to be in balance, which means having the perfect equilibrium of water and oil at all times. When faced with all the extra water in the atmosphere, skin automatically tries to restore its natural balance. As a result, “Oil production goes into overgear,” Ulli says. “And that means you wind up with oily skin.” (Is your mind blown? All of a sudden, notions of skin type feel so old-fashioned, no? Turns out, it’s really the climate where you live that’s dictating your skin situation.) The trick to staving off shiny patches isn’t to starve the skin of oil (via an oil-free product), it’s to manage the level of water coming to your skin via the atmosphere, so that your complexion doesn’t feel it needs to manufacture more oil to keep up.

Keeping Moisture Levels Stable Reduces Oil.

All Pour Moi products have this traffic-controller ability, thanks to their inclusion of the brand’s exclusive HyalurTruf+ complex, which contains three sizes of hyaluronic acid molecule (most skincare is made with only one), in addition to skin-brightening white truffle extract. The three different weights of hyaluronic acid allow the day creams to react to whatever atmosphere you’re in and keep moisturization levels stable. This proprietary blend is a key component of the best moisturizer for oily skin.

Pollution Makes Oily, Acne-Prone Skin Worse.

Unfortunately, water in the air isn’t the only problem skin deals with in a humid climate. As any amateur environmentalist will tell you, our air quality isn’t exactly pristine. “The atmosphere holds all this pollution,” Ulli says. “And when that contaminated water is sitting on the skin, pores breathe in all this dirt and bacteria. It’s very different than in dry air.” As a result, blocked and stretched pores are also an issue in humid climates. Breakouts are common, as you’ve no doubt noticed, and you’re likely to feel that your pores are bigger than normal. For that reason, Pour Moi Tropical Day Cream not only maintains skin’s optimal water/oil balance to keep oil production in check, it also works to reduce pore size with ingredients such as coconut acid, which keeps pores clean and debris-free.

Cold, Humid Climates are Problematic Too.

A tropical climate is an obvious humidity trap, but a marine climate can also wreak havoc on oil production. Those are the areas that are high in humidity, but have cooler temperatures. (Think the rainy Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Bay.) Once again, all the water in the atmosphere will trick skin into thinking it needs to manufacture more oil, resulting in oil-slicked skin, even though it’s not hot like a tropical environment. Thankfully, new Pour Moi Marine Day Cream (launching in mid-2018)  works in this specific climate zone to keep skin optimally hydrated and breakouts at bay. But because the cooler temps put less stress on skin than the warmer ones, the antioxidant blend in Marine Day Cream is different as a result.

The other climate zone in which humidity plays a role is temperate. “This is a sort of baseline area with an average range of humidity and mild temperature that skin loves,” Ulli says. “Here, the goal is to support skin and optimize the balance that it’s already in.” Pour Moi Temperate Day Cream boasts a range of anti-aging peptides, along with vitamins A, C, and E, to repair signs of external aging. It also contains the ideal combo of emollients and hydrators to maintain skin’s natural oil-to-water ratio and keep oil production even.

So if oily skin is a problem, take a step back and assess your environment. You’ll find that the best moisturizer for oily skin is the one that works synergistically with your climate and that humidity, not hormones, may be the culprit.

Megan Deem
About the Author: Megan Deem is a writer, editor, and consultant. She’s held senior positions at Elle, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, where she also produced videos and wrote for Oprah.com. Her writing has appeared in publications such as ArchitecturalDigest.com, Cherry Bombe, Evening Standard, Glamour, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and WSJ., among others. Additionally, Megan is the co-author of The Beautiful Skin Workout (St. Martin’s Griffin). She lives in New York City and can never get enough sunscreen.