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How Climate Affects Your Skin


By: Samantha Posted: 11/14/2016

Hot or cold, arid or humid, climate has a huge impact on your skin. As your outermost layer, skin is the organ that is most susceptible to extreme outside influences, including climate. Your skincare routine needs to change accordingly, either from the winter to summer months or if you move from a cold region to a muggy one. Here are some climate effects on skin and how to combat them.

Cold Climates

Cold impairs the normal biochemistry of the skin. In the cold our enzymes work less well, and many important proteins are not produced in the desired amount. One of these is filaggrin, the precursor of the natural moisturizing factors. When there is less moisture, your skin gets thirsty – and fast. Once this happens, cracking can enable more moisture to escape from the tiny fractures left behind and this can trigger an inflammatory response, a fact that leads to the accelerated appearance of the signs of aging, improperly called premature aging signs, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and saggy skin.

There are a couple of things that you can do to combat the cold when it rears its ugly head. Be sure to drink plenty of water. The doctor recommends six to eight cups per day to help quench you from the inside out. Also, use a moisturizing cream that is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and vitamin E, and containing those vitamins that stimulate the energetic processes of the skin such as Vitamin B3 as well as a good anti-inflammatory agent. Lastly, don’t forget to exfoliate regularly to rid your skin of the squames that are not properly shedding because of the cold-impaired enzymatic processes.

Hot Climates

While humidity is good for the skin, with heat comes sun, which produces UV rays that are your skin’s worst enemy. Also, hot temps can cause sweat and excessive oil, clogging pores and creating blemishes.

Ensure that your skin is clean, nourished, and protected from the sun by using a light texture moisturizer with protection against UVB and UVA, such as a SPF moisturizer. Cleanse every day and and exfoliate night to unclog pores and polish the surface.

Skin care for dry climate and skin care for humid climate tricks are easy. Simply keep your skin clean, hydrated, and protected from the elements.

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