Factors that can affect your skin health
Author: Nick Carvell
If you’re having trouble with your skin, we’re going to level with you: there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. If you are experiencing any persistent face-based problems, your first stop should be the dermatologist as they will be able to investigate further. The thing to remember is that it’s a journey. Skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the human body and, so, is affected by many things, both external and internal. And while we can’t provide an easy answer, we can break down a few of the main factors that experts have said have an impact on the condition of your skin.
When your skin is exposed to the cold (or low humidity), your sebaceous glands produce less oil meaning your skin can become dryer. Heat (or high humidity) can trigger excess sweat and increased oil production in the skin. Prioritise hydration in cool weather and keep on top of your cleansing routine to help prevent clogged pores in hot weather.
Your genetics can’t be changed, but they can affect your skin in a number of ways. If you are experiencing skin issues that you can’t seem to solve, make a booking to see a dermatologist for a professional opinion.
Chemicals in the atmosphere can get trapped in our pores, so it’s important to gently cleanse your face regularly (morning and night) with pore-clearing products to ensure those nasties don’t get trapped and turn into black or whiteheads.
Stress can make skin more sensitive and trigger problems including inflammation and even acne. Try reducing your workload, making time for leisure activities and experimenting with relaxation techniques such as meditation.
Our cells regenerate when we sleep, so if you’re getting too few Zzz's it gives your skin less time to heal and renew itself. Make sure you’re giving your body the time it needs to rest and recover every night.
Tobacco smoke contributes to wrinkles by narrowing the blood vessels in the inner layers of skin, decreasing blood flow and thus reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients the skin receives. There’s only one way around this - and we bet you can guess what that is.
Excess alcohol leads to your body being dehydrated (hello hangover). A lack of water in your skin cells affects their ability to regenerate (leading to dryness). Make sure you stay hydrated.
Our bodies get their essential nutrients from what we eat - so it’s not surprising that scientists say that what we eat has a direct effect on skin health. Make sure you’re fuelling your cells with good stuff: vitamin-rich veggies, unprocessed foods, watch your sugar (you know the drill).
Working out is not just good for your muscles, it’s good for your skin. However you get your heart pumping, that activity increases blood flow meaning your skin gets more oxygen and nutrients - and also carries away any toxins that might be hiding away in them.