Global warming and climate change are buzz words that have becoming extremely important today. You may also have seen the #fridaysforfuture and Greta Thunberg speech that recently went viral and realised the very real impact that global warming is having including melting icecaps, drinking water shortages, wildlife species being affected and so on. But do you know that global warming could also impact your skin?
The severity and inconsistency of weather patterns definitely affects our skin. Warmer temperatures mean that people end up spending more time outside that leads to higher UV exposure, as well as flares of conditions such as rosacea. The depletion of the ozone layer caused by global warming could further exacerbate this by increasing melanoma and skin cancer rates, according to The World Health Organisation (WHO). Some direct effects include –
Rapid skin ageing
To protect yourself from these long-term problems, it is vital to use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily with minimum SPF 30. Also remember to use it on areas that people tend to forget, such as the neck, back of your hands, and ears. Use antioxidant rich products such as Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C Corrective Serum that protects skin as well as brightens dark spots and pigmentation. Follow this with Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturiser SPF 30 that hydrates skin while providing UV protection and has anti-ageing benefits thanks to the presence of encapsulated Retinol.
To combat seasonal changes that we face as we move from Summer to Autumn, it is important to ensure that your skin is getting the care it needs. During autumn and winter, as the air gets drier, you are more likely to experience dry and dehydrated skin as well as flakiness, especially for those who are eczema prone. To combat this, switch to a more hydrating face cream, especially during the night. Replenish & Restore Placenta & Stem Cell Night Recovery Mask contains nutrient-rich placenta and phyto stem cells to aid your skin’s nightly rejuvenation process. Use this daily to hydrate and firm skin as well as encourage collagen production.
Indoor radiators lower air humidity which results in lower skin moisture and can cause flaking and irritated skin, leaving it looking dull. Twice a week, use an exfoliating face mask such as Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask followed by a hydrating face mask such as the Hydra-Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask that contains nano-gold particles to instantly brighten and hydrate skin.
Another factor that affects skin is the sudden change in temperature it faces as you move from the cold outdoors into a heated building and vice versa. This change in temperature causes rapid expansion and contraction of our face capillaries in the face to expand and contract rapidly, resulting in broken veins and redness. Our Vitamin-Infused Red Facial Treatment Mask contains anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant ingredients such as Aloe Leaf, chamomile and green tea that intensely soothes, calms and hydrates skin as well as easing any redness.
Oily, acne prone skin can actually find the colder weather beneficial as it helps reduce flare-ups, however comfort eating that is typical during the colder months can have a negative effect and may even trigger acne. Avoid foods with a high GI that spikes sugar such as white bread, pasta, crisps and so on.