Airborne Pollutants: Invisible chemical pollutants in the air can interfere with your skin's natural protection system. Studies show that pollution can actually cause reactions in the skin that inhibit the way skin builds and repairs itself. Blemishes are mostly a result of clogged pores and are often due to dust and grime, including carbon monoxide from car exhaust, which depletes nutrients from the skin and leads to premature aging. While you can't avoid these pore clogging enemies altogether, using the right skin care products and practices like exfoliants can help.
Change in Seasons: Your skin is pliable and soft and absorbs the moisture from the air around us so is likely to look its best in humid and damp climates. Meanwhile, dry air will sap moisture from the skin, leaving behind skin that is rough, flaky and tight. With time your skin adjusts to climate but in the meantime, moisturize and stay hydrated to help with the symptoms of dry skin.
Stress: How we feel on the inside could be affecting how we look on the outside. In fact, studies link factors that impact our emotional well-being — such as stress, depression and anxiety — to an increase in skin problems. Let's look at acne - when you are tense, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which may increase the skin's oil production, making you prone to pimples so using detoxifying products will help.
Smoking: Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 toxins many of which are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and are taken right into the structure of your skin making it thinner and sallow in appearance. Smoking dries up the skin which, eventually leads to cracking and breaking and usually results in premature aging as it depletes nutrition and vitamins. By employing products high in Vitamin C you can replace some of the nutrients your skin may lose.
The Sun: The rays of the sun are the most damaging environmental factor for our skin, both superficially and in relation to our general health. A sunburn or even a tan is a sign that our skin has been damaged, and this sun damage will start our skin on the cycle of premature aging. Ultraviolet light from the sun breaks down collagen and elastin causing wrinkling and sagging. The sun's rays also wreak havoc with skin texture and coloration making skin rough and over stimulating pigment cells, causing brown spots. To protect your skin, doctors recommend the daily use of a sunscreen or tinted moisturizer with an SPF 15 or higher.