The environment in which we live and work in has a considerable effect on the condition of your skin (and other aspects of your health) that determines how well you will age. As the sun and the weather causes damage, it also tends to make us age faster than someone who is protected from the elements. During the Face and Body Conference, we saw a photo of a woman who had a desk job for 30 years that had sunlight streaming in from the right side of her face. Examining her at age 60 now, the left side of her face was noticeably younger than her right side. That’s why we highly recommend using sunscreen every day, even if you work indoors.
If you live or work in a highly polluted environment, or one where you’re exposed to secondhand smoke, this can also cause a variety of skin problems. Your skin can become clogged, which leads to breakouts and makes your skin appear dull. If you’re in Asian countries where there are plenty of factories, we suggest using reusable masks, to protect yourself against the smog and overall pollution. For actual smokers, the poor circulation that comes from smoking can lead to blotchy, uneven skin, among other complications. This is especially true because you purse your lips with cigarettes, which causes wrinkles around your mouth.
Living in a sunny climate may give us copious amounts of vitamin D, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can dry out the skin, which makes it appear leathery and dry. This type of skin often looks much older than it actually is. We’ve all seen people who worship the sun, and spend too much time outside without sunscreen and UV protection clothing or hats. They tend to look old and wrinkly much earlier, and this alone is all the more reason to remain hydrated and use sunscreen and moisturizers to protect the skin against aging.
For those of us who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors, you’ll be less likely to have leathery skin, unless you visit tanning beds. However, indoor air can be quite dry, which may lead to dry, itchy skin. Thus, it’s important to stay hydrated and moisturized in colder temperatures. This is especially true when you head outside, where cold temperatures and wind can lead to chapped, dry skin and lips.
Regardless of the type of environment in which you live and work, be sure to take good care of your skin by eating well and drinking a lot of water. The short version to combat the effects on environment:
- Avoid excessive UV ray exposure
- Use reusable masks when faced with severe pollution
- Stop smoking
- Avoid areas where there’s secondhand smoke
- Cleanse and tone your skin with gentle products (we suggest using our three facial serums)
- Use a moisturizer specific to your skin type
Now that it’s getting colder, ours is becoming dry. How has your skin changed due to your environment?