How the Environment Affects Your Skin
It is very important that we are aware of the environmental factors that affect our skin and ways to minimise damage. Here are some of these environmental factors:
The sun: Studies have shown that 90% of skin damage is of a direct result of the sun. Excess sun exposure causes sun burn, freckles, age spots and over time may cause skin cancer. It is of vital importance that sunscreen is worn regardless of the season. Choose a factor that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Regular application is important, apply a half an hour prior to leaving the house and every 2 hours thereafter when you’re out and about. For extra protection a wide brimmed hat can also be worn.
Changes in the weather also cause damage to the skin. Changes in the temperature, humidity and wind can cause adverse effects. Your skin is more sensitive in the cold and tends to dry out, the heat can cause heat rashes. Ensuring your skin is well moisturised helps to leave it nice and supple. Change your moisturiser with the seasons using a thicker one in winter and a lighter one when the weather gets hot.
Air pollutants can also cause damage to the skin. The likes of tar and oil clog pores and can cause adverse affects such as acne. Ensure you have a good daily skin care routine in order to rid the skin of any harmful pollutants you may have picked up throughout the day.
Allergies can also have adverse effects on their skin for example food, chemicals, animals and plants can cause a person who is allergic to them break out in hives, drying, swelling or irritation of the skin. If you notice any of these affects seek, medical advice where necessary. Ensure you try to avoid your allergens where possible.