One of my main complaints living in Indonesia is the relative humidity. The averages are between 70-90% depending on the time of the year. My skin is perpetually moisturised naturally. Here in Brisbane, it ranges from about 50% to 70%. Yes, it is much more comfortable to be in this drier climate but at the same time it is causing a bit more personal grooming time.
Our bodies have really received a rude shock in this suddenly dry weather. I think I very nearly started to look like a snake. So now, everytime I wash my hands....I need to moisturise. Morning and evening, moisturise again. Each time I clean Aaron's face, we have to go through the whole drama of him screaming and writhing as I moisturise him.
Even my hair requires brushing. Ok, I know you're supposed to do it everyday but sometimes, in Palembang, it is so hot as soon as we wake up that I immediately put it in a ponytail....and then forget to brush it. But it hasn't been a problem...a day or two later when I need to make myself look presentable, the brush goes straight through. Over here, ANYTIME, I put the brush to my hair, I find its full of knots.
So we need to moisturise and brush our hair more here. Small price to pay for living in a beautiful city. I am thinking more and more seriously about moving up the schedule for our move over here. Its currently a distant 7 years away.