Everything you need to know about lifestyle & skin
Everyday your skin has to deal with dozens of activities that has the ability to alter your skin conditions. Skin health is a reflection of our external & internal wellness. Here is a summary of lifestyle factors that impacts skin, discover what they are & how to fight back.
Modern living condition forces our skin to cope with sudden temperature and humidity extremes.
1. During winter’s one goes from cold windy and wet temperatures to hot central heated homes and offices and vice versa.
2. Similarly during summer's one escapes the hot dry heat by taking refuge in dry, cold air conditioned rooms.
This constant transition from hot to cold temperatures, it's the humidity that affects the skin;
1. Low humidity index robs the moisture from skin
2. While high humidity makes the sweat glands to over secrete making the skin look oily.
Our Skin is able to adapt to these sudden changes, but it takes its own toll.
Exposure to sun i.e. UV rays for a prolonged time especially during the peak hours i.e. between 11am to 3pm our skin gets damaged the most.
More troubling than the visible symptoms is the damage that goes unseen.
1. UV radiation leaves the skin vulnerable to harmful free radicals.
2. The skin’s texture changes as well i.e. thickening and thinning of the skin that eventually results in formation of wrinkles
When polluted air comes in contact with skin it has tendency to stay back & may block skin pores. Harmful components present in smoke or air borne particles can easily penetrate through skin resulting in
1. Water loss making skin dry
2. Exposed to Oxygen free radicals
3. Prone to skin inflammation/ irritation that damages the skin
4. Accentuates skin aging and wrinkling
Fluctuation in hormone levels impacts skin in various ways:
1. Oestrogen's helps to keep the skin hydrated soft and subtle.
a. High levels for the same results in uneven pigmentation
b. Whereas low levels makes the skin susceptible to environmental damage
a. Relatively high levels of testosterone results in larger skin cell pores & increases oil production and facial hair.
Beyond external factors our age has a real impact on the skin & it is something that we cannot change. In your teens the skin is naturally subjected to hormonal variations which results in causing acne & other skin imperfections
Whereas, as you grow skin has tendency to change as well. Skins natural cell regeneration ability slows down & hence the chances of skin getting easily damaged increases. i.e. Skin becomes more thinner, appears duller or drier with overall impact on skin elasticity & results in appearance of wrinkles & hence needs extra care
Diet also plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. A poor & fluctuating diet can contribute nutrient deficiency to your skin that results in:
1. Dehydrated skin making it look dry, lustreless
2. Occurrence of uneven skin tone & premature ageing
Conversely eating a healthy nutritious diet with vitamins and minerals that our body receives from food can improve and maintain healthy skin making it look more radiant & young looking.
Competitive work environment & daily chores keeps one always on toes. This eventually causes a person to be in constant stress in some or the other way.
The stress hormone cortisol literally gets under your skin, leading to:
1. Dryness and other signs of aging.
2. As these levels increases skin’s ability to hold water is damaged making the skin to lose its luster
3. High emotional stress can cause inflammation resulting in acne breakouts, itching or loss of skin colour
4. Lack of sleep also shows directly on your face making skin look fatigue