Your skin is different in Puerto Vallarta, unless you hail from a similar tropical climate. The humidity in the summer can be tough. Taking a shower doesn’t always help since you can’t seem to get dry. Going from outdoors to air conditioned environments is hard on your whole body. There are ways to preserve yourself in this sauna-like atmosphere, especially from May to November.
Humidity is basically water in the air. When you’re in a climate like Puerto Vallarta, which has an extremely humid season, you don’t cool off like you’re accustomed to by sweating. The body’s method of evaporation simply doesn’t function like it does in drier climes. The pores in your skin tend to be enlarged as the result of high humidity, so it feels like there’s a sheen of moisture layered on your skin, which exposes it to oils, toxins and normal pollution. This invites clogging, which results in acne, eczema, allergic reactions and blemishes.
What to do! This is for ladies and gents… Cleanse! But don’t overdo. When you wash your face in the morning, preferably with a chemical-free cleansing agent, you’re removing the sweat and body excretions from the night while you slept. Cleansing at night will get rid of the grime of the day; make-up for those who wear it; and day crèmes that should be removed. We recommend a double cleanse at night, avoiding foaming products, which are chemically enhanced.
We love the moisturizer nature provides, and we know everyone finds their skin retaining a lot more moisture in Puerto Vallarta but that doesn’t mean you should give up normal routines. Simply use a more lightweight moisturizer; we highly recommend something botanical. Sweat contains salt and causes our skin to dehydrate, which makes it produce more sebum, a problem for anyone with any kind of skin problem.
Your skin is compromised in a humid climate, and water is your best friend. In ounces, drink half your body weight daily, meaning if you weigh 150 pounds, you should not drink less than 75 ounces. You will notice the difference not only in your skin but in your alertness, energy level, and mood. Water-filled fruits like watermelon and pineapple are good, too, and you can get fresh coconut water in Puerto Vallarta right out of the coconut! We know we can’t tell you to avoid alcohol in Puerto Vallarta, where every night is a party but limit the days you drink.
Lastly, SPF. You can use whatever rating you want but it’s good to know that SPF refers to the ability of your skin to deflect UVB rays (those are the bad ones). The rating is determined by the length of time protected skin is burned, as compared to unprotected skin.
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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!
About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole
The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.
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