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How the Environment Where You Live Effects Your Skin

We’ve had ‘fire warnings’ all week…. high winds, low humidity & high fire danger… the perfect mix 😉 I have ABSOLUTELY noticed how this change in weather has effected my skin. I haven’t been putting on my ‘harsher’ products like my peptides, lactic acid treatment or even my retinoids because I know my skin needs a break from the products that can often be more drying. Instead, I’ve been lathering up on face oils, moisturizers and doing TONS of hydrating face masks to get me back on track.

Not only has it be windy as all get out, super low humidity and has the propensity for fires, it’s also gone from 98 degrees to 70, then of course it’s sunny! So it’s got me thinking, what is all this doing to my skin. Because clearly it is effecting it in some capacity. Even my poobear mentioned how his hands were starting to crack. But that only happens in the winter time for him, so how is it possible that this ‘spring’ weather we’re having is doing the exact same thing to our skin that the dry winters do too!?

The weather is a HUGE factor when it comes to how our skin is doing! We’ve got the winter dryness, apparently spring dryness, summer dryness from the sun and we’re probably doing our best in the fall where we get some more inclement weather to keep us fresh! But none the less, we’re seeing changes to our skin on the regular, regardless of what season it is.

We thought it would be a good idea to go over how the weather conditions in your neck of the woods is effecting your skin. And we obviously want to know how to deal with it and get our best looking skin moving forward.

High Pollution

So I’m pretty sure Tucson has like zero pollution, or like really, really low, but we’ve talked about some anti-pollution products for your skin before. Many of you live all over the world and in all sorts of cities and neighborhoods where pollution is the real deal.

Pollution causes oxidative stress to the skin (which is basically disease or inflammation to the skin). Oxidants break down collagen and cause damage to your body’s DNA, which over time causes wrinkles and even skin cancer. And not only that, pollution contains free radicals (the bad guys) that can penetrate deep into the layers of your skin, causing long-term damage and darkening of skin cells from the inside. On the outside, the damage can show by way of acne, dark spots, dryness, premature aging, plus much more.

#CheekyConfidential Pollution particles can be 20 times smaller than your pores, allowing them to lodge in your skin without your even knowing it! 

For high pollution, you want to consider these products & ingredients –

  • Double cleansing is your friend – it gets all the gunk off your skin
  • Up your collagen game – we just wrote a blog on how to restore your collagen
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant to consider
  • Antioxidant serums can be super helpful to fight away the pollution and dirt
  • Eat a healthy diet – full of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens

Sunshine & Strength

Regardless of where you live and how much cloud cover is in the sky, the sun is always shining!

  • Sun exposure may cause up to 90% of the visible changes attributed to aging
  • UV exposure seems to be responsible for 80% of visible facial aging signs
  • Sun damage affects all layers of your skin
  • Cumulative sun exposure is the most significant controllable factor in skin aging
  • Repeated UVA exposure through a glass window causes photo-aging
  • Your number of wrinkles is significantly related to your total hours of lifetime sun exposure

– World Health Organization Sun Protection

Hands down the best two ways to protect your skin from the sunshine is:

  • Wear sunscreen – SPF 35+, UVA & UVB, broadband protection, with zinc!
  • Wear a hat

Want all the sunscreen wearing rules? Read our ‘Sunscreen Rules‘ blog!

High Winds

High winds are pretty common here, especially in the area in which we reside. Harsh weather conditions disrupt the skin’s surface barrier affecting the skin’s ability to retain moisture! To prevent your skin from being like, ‘What the hell’, you’ve gotta give it some extra love if you’re in an area with high winds – such as mountain regions, coastal regions, the desert and even places that get it infrequently.. you’re bound to notice a difference in your skin. We suggest starting with a really gentle skincare routine. Some suggestions might be:

  • Gentle cleanser, like a Cetaphil that’s extra creamy
  • Hyaluronic acid products that help your skin retain moisture
  • A nice rich serum that you can use in the evening
  • A daytime and nighttime facial oil that gives you that extra boost of moisture
  • Use a face mask on the regular to help ‘cool’ your skin down
  • Re-apply sunscreen every hour (or even 30 minutes) if you’re in super windy conditions

Being exposed to wind can cause the outer layer of skin to dry out and weaken. The force of the wind can then make these dry, fragmented skin cells fall off.

‘Wind can reduce the natural sun protection in your skin, letting more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate and cause damage.’ – Skin Cancer Foundation

Water Quality

So this is a BIG one I notice when I’m on vacation and even after moving to multiple cities. The minute we moved from Tampa to Tucson, my skin lost its shit! It went from super humid to super dry and it was out of wack. But I definitely blame the change in water quality. When we go on vacation, I will always experience extra dryness in my skin. Regardless of whether it’s a hotel, my parent’s home, whatever… my skin is very sensitive to the change in water quality. Not to say that our quality of water is any better, but my skin knows there is a change.

Hard water (which we most definitely have at our house as of late because the landlord had an issue with the water softener and threw it out) leaves alkaline minerals on the skin, which can cause major dryness and irritation – YUP! And even worse, the minerals in this hard water can remain on the skin and hair after washing making it difficult to remove and cause even more irritation. The issue with this is the subsequent damage to the skin barrier. This can leave skin sensitive!

So what do you do if your area’s water isn’t up to snuff, or you’ve got hard water and you know it… there are some things you can do or consider:

  • Consider using filtered water to wash your skin
  • Invest in a really quality water softener system
  • Use a really gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil as we mentioned above
  • A quality hyaluronic acid serum will be your bestie
  • Utilize a moisturizing mask once or twice a week
  • Consider double cleansing to take off the mineral buildup and allow for your skincare products to really sink in

The Heat & Cold

Extremes in weather regardless of whether it’s hot or cold can exacerbate existing skin conditions or even cause new ones. That’s why I put them together in our blog.

Colder climates can be tough on your skin. Cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out your skin. Bitterly cold winds can also strip moisture from exposed skin all together. To avoid the wrath of cold weather:

  • Take luke warm showers if you can, or at least avoid really hot showers
  • Take short showers if possible
  • Apply moisturizer like it’s your job
  • Use a really gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil as we mentioned above
  • A quality hyaluronic acid serum will be your bestie
  • Utilize a moisturizing mask two to 3 times a week

In warmer climates, increased heat and humidity can cause your skin to sweat, leaving you with more breakouts than you’ve ever wanted, especially if your skin is oily. There are some ways to treat your skin at this time:

  • Use a salicylic acid on the regular to keep oil at bay
  • Retinoids will keep your pores from going all sorts of crazy
  • Use a foaming cleanser more often or alternate using that and a cream cleanser every couple days
  • Still moisturize often because you don’t want to all the sudden get oily AND dry
  • Use a powder sunscreen rather than a cream one to avoid excessive oiliness
  • Re-apply your sunscreen more often as your sweat can cause it to run off and make it ineffective

In places where you’ve got increased heat, but really low humidity is when you’ll see your skin all the sudden become dry and flakey! That’s Tucson! Here’s what you can do:

  • Avoid outdoor activities if you can during the peak of the day – your melasma and dark spots will thank you
  • Consider a sunscreen that keeps your skin cool all while protecting your skin from the UVA & UVB rays
  • Up your moisturizer game
  • Use a creamy sunscreen with a tint to it, avoid powder sunscreens during this time
  • Wear a hat, ALWAYS
  • Gentle cleanser, like a Cetaphil that’s extra creamy
  • Hyaluronic acid products that help your skin retain moisture
  • A nice rich serum that you can use in the evening
  • A daytime and nighttime facial oil that gives you that extra boost of moisture
  • Use a face mask on the regular to help ‘cool’ your skin down
  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep – we do this!

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