Do you know your skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ? Skin is your body’s coat that protects you and helps you stay warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. You also feel things through the nerves in your skin. So it is very important to take care of your skin in all the seasons and weathers. And we also know that it is quite challenging to keep the skin healthy and protected during climate change. Today, the sun is brighter than it has been anytime in the last four centuries,” explains Drew Shindell, Ph.D., a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “Additionally, the seasons have shifted—spring is longer, summer is longer and fall is longer. This means people are spending more time outdoors. All of these things combined mean season-less sun protection is crucial.” Year-round sun protection for your skin is now ever more important as climate change further depletes the ozone layer, already in trouble because of human activities.
To make matters worse, scientists have found that elevated temperatures may also increase the risk of skin cancers, so the combined effects of climate change spell disaster for our skin. But cancer isn’t the only skin condition likely to worsen with climate change. It also leads to thickened, leathery skin, dilated blood vessels, mottled pigmentation and skin fragility.” Sun damage is one of the most prominent signs of aging, and billions of dollars are spent every year trying to counteract the sun’s negative effects. In the dermis, UV radiation breaks down the collagen that gives skin healthy elasticity. Over time, the loss of collagen leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Even without climate change, we have plenty of reasons to worry about sun exposure. Climate change will only worsen the troubles we are already having. The key is to protect skin from sun damage, and to protect it now.
Here are some of the tips to take care of your skin in different climates:
1. Skin care in colder climates
Colder climates are tough on your skin. Cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out skin. Bitterly cold winds can also strip moisture from exposed skin. Throughout the winter months, many people find their skin to be rough, red, tightened, cracked or peeling because of dryness. To treat a mild case of dry skin at home, avoid taking long, hot showers, and apply a moisturizer daily. If your condition is severe, a doctor might be able to prescribe a medicated cream [you can discuss your problem in this forum].
Some skin conditions, such as eczema, can flare up during dry weather. Avoid long soaks in the tub, don’t let the water get too hot and use a mild soap to help soothe your skin. Finally, moisturize every day to keep eczema under control. No matter what the weather is like, the sun should always be a main concern. Exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes of wrinkles and premature aging, so wearing a high SPF sunscreen can keep your skin looking young and fresh. Even when it doesn’t feel hot, the sun’s rays can damage your skin, so apply sunscreen every day — even if it’s cold or cloudy.
2. Skin care in warmer climates
In warmer climates, increased heat and humidity can cause your skin to sweat, leaving you more prone to breakouts, especially if your skin is oily. Using a cleanser with salicylic acid can help dry up some of the oil, but it can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so use caution and apply these products at night. The heat can also lead to other skin problems. Among them is heat rash, which happens when sweat ducts get closed off, trapping the moisture under the skin and leading to a rash made up of blisters or bumps. The condition is common in infants, but it can also affect adults who are exposed to hot, humid climates. Heat rash usually disappears on its own in three to four days, but if you notice an increase in pain or swelling, seek medical attention than treating the condition at home.
3. Skin care in extreme climates
Extreme climates are the hardest to overcome. Also, going from one extreme climate to another is shocking to skin and can cause skin tantrums. This is where having a steady baseline of great skin care is essential. When skin cells are nourished deeply, they are not as volatile and are less likely to have intense reactions to a sudden change in climate. Preparing skin before going to a new climate is helpful. If you know you’ll be traveling to cold weather, start moisturizing your skin several days before your trip to hydrate cells as much as possible. On the flip side, if you’re visiting a warmer climate, be sure to cleanse and exfoliate to keep pores clear and refreshed. And in both climates you’ll need your mineral-based sunscreen. Don’t let climate give your skin the run-around. No matter where you are, keep it nourished and beautiful.
4. Include these in your diet to protect your skin from cancer
Strawberries, grapes and caffeine are known to protect your skin from skin cancer. Different research studies have shown that people who had these items in their diet on regular basis were less prone to skin cancer and other skin problems.
5. Go natural
Many people make the mistake of cleaning their skin with abrasive chemicals to keep pores unclogged and acne at bay. That isn’t healthy or necessary. Natural ingredients such as coconut oil and plant glycerin are fantastic, natural cleansers, which is why we use them in our Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Also, exfoliation and preparing clay mask weekly help deliver nutrients to skin. Sunscreen and sun protection is always important as well.
Always remember – “The sun does not care what you are doing—gardening, walking on the beach or driving”. “The key is to stay protected, no matter the season or the climate you are in.”
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