The Effect of Climate on Your Skin
The climate (where you live or vacation) influences your skin’s moisture levels. Humidity levels influence skin’s water or moisture content, which influences the skin’s reactions to stripping agents. The higher the humidity level in the air, the better your skin can tolerate dehydrating products. The drier the climate, the less your skin will tolerate multiple stripping agents.
Heat triggers oil production. In hotter climates and in summer months, people tend to become oiler. In colder climates and winter months, people tend to become drier. Turning on your heater at home, at work or in your car reduces moisture levels in the air, and therefore in your skin too. This is why there can’t be a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to keeping skin hydrated. I recommend putting a humidifier in your bedroom during winter months and in drier climates such as Arizona.
What external factors cause dryness and dehydration?
Skin-care products and weather are two big ones.
Any product that contains sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, sodium chloride, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinoic acid (Retin- A/tazorac/tretinoin), and other potentially drying ingredients will strip and dehydrate your skin.
Stripping the skin is not necessarily bad when you have acne, but when too many of these ingredients are in your skin-care routine it actually makes acne, rosacea, eczema and dry skin worse. Cut down on over-stripping and ask us to help find you the correct moisturizer for your skin during these winter months!