We receive many inquiries from customers who experience skin problems after moving to a new city or country.
In addition to products, nutrition and lifestyle – our environment can play a major role in determining skin health.
So if you find that your skin is not behaving, consider whether the city you live in could be to blame. This could be due to one of the following factors …
We wash our bodies and faces in it every day, but water in certain cities can cause skin problems.
Here in London (UK) water is extreme “hard” – which means that it contains higher amounts of mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium. These mineral deposits can reduce the moisture content of the skin and exacerbate diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
Mineral salts also prevent foaming products from working properly, so you have to use many more products to achieve the desired effect. Foam products contain harsh detergents that rid the skin of their natural oils. They are also harder to rinse off in hard water, leaving soap scum on the skin and causing irritation.
If you have hard water problems in your area, invest in a soft water filter for your household taps and shower head.
The following table shows examples of cities with soft and hard water in the UK and worldwide.
|Leeds, Swansea, Truro||Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle||Bristol, London, Southampton|
|New York, Sydney, Vancouver||San Diego, Houston||Adelaide, Washington|
Low humidity can make the skin dry, dull and firm (think of plane skin)! This can make the skin more irritable and prone to dandruff and itchiness, especially for sensitive types.
In a story of two excesses, high humidity can be just as annoying – clogging pores, causing stains and breakouts .
In very congested cities, high levels of air pollution can cause any number of skin complaints.
Free radical damage in cigarette smoke, car exhaust and smog can lead to premature aging by breaking down collagen and the fibers that keep the skin elastic.
Airborne contaminants can also affect the skin's ability to regulate moisture levels, leading to imbalances, irritation, and redness.
Living in a city with extreme temperatures means blowing off the central heating in winter and freezing the air conditioning in summer – both dry out the skin and attack the immune system (think of all the recycled germ air!).
Avoid sleeping in excessively heated or cooled rooms and occasionally open a window to allow fresh air to flow!
What do you think? Did you experience skin changes after you changed your place of residence?