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How does the environment impact our skin?

There are so many factors that influence skin health, from your diet to your stress levels, all the way through to the level of air pollution in the city that you live in! A few of the most common environmental factors playing a role in your skin health include:

How does the environment impact our skin

Blue Light (from screens)

This is a new one! We’re on our computers and iPhones all day, the blue light these devices cast is having an impact on our wellbeing. Blue light is known to disrupt sleep patterns, and interrupted sleep (along with poor nutrition) leave skin dull, lifeless and prone to breakouts. Blue light can stress the skin and cause photo-aging, aging from exposure to light. Not to be confused with the blue LED Max+ has, we love that one!

Pollution

If you’ve ever washed your face after a day in the city and noticed just how dirty that washer gets, you might be aware of the impact that air pollution is having on your skin. A layer of chemicals from car exhausts and other pollutants can settle on the surface of the skin and cause dullness and damage if not removed properly.

Air Conditioning

This Brisbane heat has us all reaching for the air conditioning remotes, but this modern comfort is also taking its toll on our skin. Air conditioning is dehydrating, particularly if your skin barrier (the structure that holds moisture in the skin) is already compromised.

Sun

We’re all well versed on the fact that sun exposure causes pigmentation and skin cancer, but you might not be aware that incidental exposure can also contribute to these skin issues. This incidental exposure can include when you’re driving, walking from the office to pick up lunch or waiting to pick up the kids from school.

So, now that you know the role that your environment can play in your skin health, what can we do about it? We recommend the following:

  1. When you don’t need to wear sunscreen i.e. you are not at the beach or out side exercising, cover up with long sleeves, hats and use an umbrella. When you are wearing sunscreen, we recommend a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical one, preferably including zinc and with as high UV protection as possible.

  2. Wearing sunglasses is very important also. Not just for eye protection against UV rays but also for the stimulation of melanin production. If you are prone to hyper-pigmentation this is very important.

  3. Increase you anti-oxidant intake. Through nutrition and also what goes on your skin. (More to come on this in future blogs!)

  4. Get a treatment with Max+ LED. The seven different light variations treat a wide range of skin conditions that are caused by environmental exposure, including pigmentation, acne, wrinkles and dullness. 

  5. It sounds crazy, but your skin will have far fewer chemicals to deal with if you wash with filtered or bottled water. 

  6. Wash your face with a gentle cleansing milk, even if you’re trying to scrub away the pollution of the day. We don’t recommend exfoliating as this damages the skin barrier, which is the skin’s first line of defence against pollutants and environmental factors!

  7. Avoid products with chemicals which can make environmental stressors even worse for the skin. Emulsifiers, fragrance, preservatives, mineral oils and amines all impact the skin barrier, leaving your skin more exposed to the elements. 

Claire Deane