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Skincare – How the Environment Affects the Skin

Believe it or not, the weather can play games with the condition of your skin. When the sun decides to be generous and shines its best, your skin responds with fine lines and wrinkles. And when the weather decides to shift gear to cold fierce winds, your skin dries and cracks in response. Which is why skincare is so important.

Your skin is sensitive to the changing environment and I’m not only referring to the weather. Constant exposure to environmental pollution can make your skin inflamed and irritated.

 

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Although you can’t control the weather or the pollution in the air, you are in control of how you can respond to your skin’s needs when it’s exposed to environmental factors that affect the skin. To help your skin handle the negative effects of the environment, you have to understand how each environmental factor affects your skin so that you know exactly what you can do to combat it.

 

Environmental Factor #1: Exposure to the Sun

Exposure to some early morning sunshine gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, but prolonged exposure leaves you at risk of the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most people neglect to apply sunscreen before leaving the house and this increases the risk of experiencing the negative effects of ultraviolet rays.

Exposing yourself to the rays of the sun, even on a cloudy day, can make you experience wrinkles on your face and have uneven skin tone. This is because the UV rays break down collagen that is responsible for keeping your skin elastic.

A simple solution to this is to apply sunscreen even if the weather looks dull and cloudy. This will keep the UV rays at bay.

 

Environmental Factor #2: Cold and Wind

Your skin is at its best when it is moisturized. But cold weather or exposure of your skin to harsh wind can strip your skin of moisture and leave your skin dry. When your skin is dry it can get irritated.

The best way to deal with the dryness and irritation that comes with the cold and wind is to hydrate your skin. Apply more moisturizer or a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid when the weather is starting to get cold. Make sure that you also take plenty of water so that you also hydrate your skin from within.

 

Environmental Factor #3: Exposure to pollution

Dust, smoke and smog are a familiar sight in big cities and it’s inevitable.  They are also the cause of premature aging, inflammation and other skin conditions. Free radicals are generated from environmental pollution. This is because the pollution particles penetrate into the skin and break down the collagen and elastin that is responsible for giving you beautiful and healthy skin.

Because of this, it is advisable to double cleanse your skin in the night when your skin regenerates. Make use of skincare products that contain antioxidants that will help fight the free radicals created by environmental pollution. To take your skincare regime up a notch, you should make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants.

 

How do you protect your skin from the environment?

 

 

What Hyperpigmentation Did to my Skin

I never knew a skincare issue like Hyperpigmentation existed until I became pregnant with my kids. I knew about the condition because I noticed the skin changes on pregnant women but I didn’t research it or give much thought to it. Hyperpigmentation descended upon me whilst pregnant about 5 years ago, and then I started to experience it real life.

At first, I thought it would all disappear after delivery, but then it didn’t. Then I thought it surely go away within a few months, once I was done with breast-feeding, but it didn’t. It reduced months after delivery but it did not completely go away until my twins were around 3 years old. So it literally took me over 3 years to get my skin tone back. Can you imagine that?

For those who have never experienced Hyperpigmentation, this skincare issue occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. So for me, that was on my entire face and my neck. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences, and 90% of pregnant women experience it. Women with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation.

So you have a clear picture of what I am on about, here are some pictures for you to compare.

 

Before Pregnancy

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During Pregnancy

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After Pregnancy

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As you can see in the before, during and after pictures, my skin experienced significant changes during and after pregnancy. I must confess, I found the changes hard to deal with. I expected my skin to bounce back weeks after childbirth but it didn’t and I didn’t like the way I looked.

At first, I tried to ignore it and carry on as normal, thinking it was one of those hormonal imbalances that would just correct itself but it didn’t. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

 

How I Dealt with my Hyperpigmentation
Suncream

I started paying more attention to my skincare. I made sure I applied as much sunscreen as required, and stayed out of the sun.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating once a week with the right products helped. Getting rid of the dead skin helped to brightened up my facial skin.

 

 Skincare Products

I explored various skincare products and fell in love with quite a couple.  I recently reviewed this Vitamin C Ultra Brightening Serum by The Hero Project, and it is really good. I apply it every morning and it does the trick. Another great serum is the KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion. It also contains Vitamin C, and other amazing ingredients.

 

Food Supplements

Food supplements have also helped my skin greatly. I am a huge fan of Well Woman and BioCare Supplements. Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to poor skin health. Food Supplements that may help improve skin health and appearance include:

  • Antioxidants, including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E
  • Vitamins B3 and B5
  • Evening Primose Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc

 

 

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My skin is still not back to what it was 100% but it is getting there. If you suspect that you are dealing with hyper pigmentation, I would recommend you see a dermatologist for professional advise. Don’t be like me and leave it to go on for years.

Have you ever struggled with hyperpigmentation? How did you deal with it?

 

 

 

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