Environmental Factors that Impact Skin

Woman wearing a hat.

There’s no way to completely avoid environmental factors so whether we like it or not, they’re going to have an impact on our skin. All we can do is deal with them as best as possible, but before that can happen, it’s important for us to first determine what the environmental factors are that could have an effect on our skin. The following are just some that you should be aware of and what they’re doing to your body.

Sun Exposure
One of the most dangerous environmental factors is the sun. Sun exposure could have quite an impact on the skin, but the most significant is that it could lead to skin cancer. Additionally, it could also lead to age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and a whole host of other issues. Then there’s also the unpleasant sunburn effect. There are a few things you can do. First, you can load up on the sunscreen by putting it on first thing in the morning then reapplying it every two hours throughout the day. Second, opt to stay out of the sun when it’s at the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Lastly, wear the proper accessories, such as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, whenever possible.

Extreme Heat
Hot weather can have a pretty rough effect on the skin. You may notice your skin getting drier, and then there’s that super-uncomfortable feeling of heat rash and chafing. Using SPF 30 sunscreen and a lightweight moisturizer daily can do wonders for those living in places with high temperatures. For heat rash and chafing, powder and anti-chafing products can be pretty amazing as prevention methods.

Woman in winter

Cold Temperatures and Wind
Just like extreme heat, cooler temperatures and windy conditions deserve their own special section just for how rough they can be on the skin. Your skin can get dry, cracked, itchy, and chapped from the cold, and then there’s the wind which just seems to make your skin feel even more uncomfortable than it was before. Use a heavier moisturizer once the temperatures start dropping, bundle up as much as possible, and if your feet and hands are experiencing dryness and cracking, consider doing an overnight treatment with ointment and cotton socks and gloves.

You already know that pollution is bad for the planet, but it’s not doing such great things for your skin either. Effects may come in the form of dryness, an uneven skin tone, irritation, and inflammation for starters. The best things that you can do are load up on sunscreen, use proper products that are best for your skin type, load up on antioxidants, and make sure to thoroughly wash your face each and every day.

If you’re worried about how environmental factors are affecting your skin, the best thing you can do is head to your dermatologist office to get advice that’s personalized to you and your concerns.

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