How Your Living Environment Effects Your Aging

The environment in which you live and work in has a considerable affect on the condition of your skin (and other aspects of your health) that determines how well you will age.  Living in a harsh environment places additional stress on your skin. As the sun and the weather causes damage, it also tends to make a person age faster than someone who is protected from the elements.

Living in a sunny climate might feel good, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can dry out the skin, making it appear leathery and dry. This type of skin often looks much older than it actually is.  We’ve all seen people who have been “sun worshipers” and spent way too much time outside without skin protection. They tend to look old and wrinkly much earlier, despite their skin being dark and tan. This alone is all the more reason to remain hydrated and use sunscreen and moisturizers to protect the skin against aging.
Living Effects on Aging
People who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors will be less likely to have dry, leathery skin, unless they visit tanning beds. However, indoor air can be quite dry as well, which can lead to dry, itchy skin. It’s important to stay hydrated and moisturized when living in a colder climate, but especially when going outside, where cold temperatures and wind can lead to chapped, dry skin and lips.

If you live and/or work in a highly polluted environment or one where you’re exposed to smoke, this can also cause a variety of skin problems. Your skin can become clogged, leading to breakouts and making the skin appear dull. If you’re a smoker yourself, the poor circulation that comes from smoking can lead to blotchy, uneven skin, among other complications.

Regardless of the type of environment in which you live and work, it is important to take good care of your skin by eating well, drinking a lot of water, cleaning, toning, exfoliating with gentle products and using a moisturizer that’s made for your skin type. Avoid excessive UV ray exposure and stay away from polluted areas. If you smoke, then stop immediately. These tips will help you combat the effects that your environment can have on your skin.