How Different Environments Impact Your Skin

While most of us are aware of the negative effects of the sun on our skin, few of us stop to consider how the cold affects our skin. Cold air and wind literally depletes the skin of any natural oils, resulting in it becoming red, itchy, blotchy and tight. It’s very important to hydrate the skin with the correct skin products on a regular basis if you’re going to be spending time outdoors. This is especially important for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts that hike, cycle, run and swim. A cream like Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow is high in glycerine that infuses moisture into the skin, counteracting these damaging environmental effects. And remember, always use sun protection when outdoors – even in winter!
How Different Environments Impact Your Skin
  • Air conditioning and indoor heating also cause dry skin because they dry out the air in the atmosphere, which in turn removes moisture from the skin. This can be counteracted to a degree by using a humidifier that will replace any moisture lost in the air. Even a bowl of water next to your bed, or on your desk at work, can help to raise the moisture content of the air. Keep the temperature of your heater or air-conditioner on a moderate level - any extremes will have a negative outcome on the skin.
  • Be sure to hydrate with water, one of the most important ingredients for healthy, clear skin. Keep a good all-purpose cream like Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion in your bag or desk at work. As soon as your skin is feeling parched, apply it liberally to all dry areas. If you’ve spent any time on an airplane, you’ve probably noticed the drying effects it has on your skin. This is because the recycled air in the cabin is exceptionally dry and contains almost no humidity. This has a significant drying effect on the skin.
  • The best way to counteract these drying effects is to avoid drinking alcohol, which will only dehydrate your system out even more. Drink lots of water before, during and after the flight to ensure your system is well hydrated. Apply a little Vaseline petroleum jelly Vitamin E to the lips and nostrils to avoid them drying out.