There is no way to avoid the humidity in the tropics. The best way is to be prepared for it. Pack medicated powder for a rash caused by sensitive skin. Hair will be the biggest complaint. Straight hair will droop, and curly hair will swell and bush, taking on a life of its own. The best way to handle hair in the tropics is to get a short cut before the trip. If you want to keep your hair long, just determine to keep it in a ponytail or bun during your time here. Don’t waste time trying to come up with other solutions. You are here to enjoy yourself, not struggle with hairstyles.
No or water-based makeup works best in the tropics. Your skin’s oil glands will be working overboard while here, so help it with lighter or no make-up. Though I was never a strong makeup wearer, I’ve lightened my routine even further since moving here. A little water-based foundation on work days and lip stain, and out the door I go. There is no since wearing eye or cheek makeup that is simply going to ruin before the morning the over. Save those extra touches for special times when you’ll be in air-controlled environments.
Cite for September Posts: Stanley, D., South Pacific Handbook.