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    Lifestyle factors affecting the skin

    Ever noticed how whatever is going on in our life seems to show on our face?

    Though you may genetically inherit certain skin problems, there are many external and internal factors that can aggravate your skin. Therefore, it’s good to know what they might be – some of which you can control, leaving you with healthier and better-looking skin. Read on to find out more.

    Lifestyle and Diet

    A healthy lifestyle can do wonders on the skin and prevent a number of problems.

    Sleep: A good night’s sleep gives the whole being a chance to regenerate and thus contributes the renewal of skin.

    Stop smoking: Smoking consists of thousands of substances that damage the skin, and nicotine itself is harmful, causing cancer. Premature skin aging and wrinkles, sagging skin, acne and skin staining are all tale tell signs of tobacco smoke damage.

    Alcohol: It’s like having a toxin in your body and the effects include dark circles, puffiness, redness and dehydration on the forehead which can last up to 28 days.Stress: If stressed, you can expect under eye bags, puffy eyes and dry and flaky skin, as well as a pale looking complexion. It can also aggravate existing skin problems. Ideally try and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day along with having a healthy diet and drinking around 8 glasses of water a day.

    Diet and Exercise: Your skin is the largest organ of the body and will benefit from you adopting good nutritional habits along with regular exercise. Keeping hydrated and a diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and antioxidant-rich foods are vital nutrients needed for a vibrant glow.

    Climate and Environment

    Season changes don’t just call for a wardrobe change, the air around us affects our skin – for better or worse. You need to protect your skin.

    Cold Weather: The harsh cold weather of the winter months strips the moisture from our skin, leading to roughness, tightness, peeling and sensitivity caused by low humidity and central heating. To alleviate these symptoms, a few tweaks to your routine skin care can help. Try using a richer formulated moisturiser to help protect the skin barrier. For a cleanser, switch to a more milky or creamy texture that helps to clean and hydrate.

    Warm Weather: The summer sun and warmer temperatures can cause another set of skin problem such as heat rash, sunburn, acne and dark spots. Along with heat comes sweating. This coupled with dust and dirt can cause your skin to become clogged. To resolve this, cleanse thoroughly on a daily basis and use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. It’s important to re-apply your sunscreen on a regular basis, it is also just as important to wear protective sunglasses to prevent dark circles.

    Pollution: Studies now show that exposure to pollution can accelerate the signs of skin aging, brown spots and wrinkles by decreasing collagen.

    To prevent pollution damage, you don’t need an overhaul in your skin care routine. A couple of simple steps like using a good moisturiser containing protective ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E and cleanse thoroughly each day to remove dirt and build up. Finally use sunscreen for the protection from the damaging effects of the sun.