Dr Lancer’s Skin Reality Your Skin & The Environment
Your Skin & The Environment
We all know that skincare, diet, exercise and the amount of sleep we get each night affects our skin and overall appearance. However, most of us tend to forget that the environment and climate change also influence the behavior of our skin and complexion from head to toe.
Climate change together with other natural environmental and man-made health stressors can influence general human health and can cause the skin to age quicker. We all know about what excessive sun exposure without sunscreen does to the skin. Sunburns are the least of our worries, as premature aging, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and skin cancer have all become the top issues that result from too much ultraviolet radiation and not enough skin protection.
However, excessive ultraviolet radiation is just one factor that causes negative changes in our skin. Visible light, infrared light, heat factors, pollution levels and the environment’s current state all impact the skin. Looking at this year, there have been wild fires and destruction of the normal atmospheric mix. Hurricanes, floods and a variety of changes in swings of humidity and dryness have occurred over the months. All of these environmental shifts influence complexion.
Diving into heat factors, atmospheric heat and heat caused by habit meaning saunas/jacuzzis should all be taken into consideration when thinking about heats affect on the skin. Both types of heat affect complexion, overall color, texture, pore size, plumpness, vibrance and skin bounce. If you love saunas, the length of exposure to infrared saunas is important to keep in mind for skin health. A 5-15 minute session occasionally is fine and has great benefits. Your body can acclimate and restore itself quickly, as complexion can acclimate. However, a daily 30-65 minutes infrared sauna experience may cause some harm, causing cronically dilated blood vessels, cronically dilated pores, and can cause excess pigment formation.
In regards to pollution, smog particles settle onto the skin, increasing inflammation and triggering skin pigmentation and acne. It can also cause dehydration and premature aging as it’s known to break down collagen and elastin, causing skin to sag. To protect the skin from permanent damage and help it repair itself, I recommend that you use:
- The Method: Polish & Cleanse nightly to remove all those environmental toxins accumulated during the day.
- Active Rejuvenation Serum with triple dermal complex is also recommended to revitalize skin as it provides anti-aging benefits. The serum helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it makes skin feel and look softer and more youthful.
- Lastly, Sheer Fluid Sun Shield (A weightless, non-greasy Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen) protects skin from harmful UV rays while providing key anti-aging ingredients that helps skin look younger.