Factors that affect skin
The condition of your skin is determined by several factors, both
internal and external. Of these, the state of your internal health is
probably the most important.
* Pollution: The high level of chemicals in the air has become a
matter of universal concern. These pollutants are skin aiirtants. The
increase in the incidence of problems like sensitivity, rashes, acne
and other eruptive conditions, as wel as dehydration of the skin, is
being attributed to air pollution.
* Physical fitness and life
style: THe skin reflects the state of internal health. We immediately
associate a glowing skin and a clear compexion with good health. A diet
that is high in vitamins and minerals, regular exercise and adequate
sleep are found to benefit the skin. The skin is fed by the nutrients
in the blood. It also depends on the efficient functioning of the other
organ systems in the body, for its good health. Your habit and
lifestyle are important too. Smoking for instance hastens the premature
ageing of the skin by damaging the collagen fibres. It also affects the
color tone of the skin, apart from increasing the build up of toxins in
the system. Similarly, alcohol depletes the body of the vitamins that
are so essential for good skin and good health.
conditioning: If you spend long hours in an air-conditioned room or
office, your skin will suffer from loss of moisture. Without adequate
protection , the dryness can persist and start affecting the inner
layer of the skin.
* Sun: The sun is the skin's worst enemy.
Exposure to the ultravoilet rays of the sun changes the collagen fibres
and is the single most improtant factor in the ageing of skin. the
damage is cumulative and may not be immediately apparent. It can also
deplete the skin of moisture and interfere with the skin's natural
ability to retain moisture.
* Mental stress: Mental stress and
negative emotions affect the functioning of the internal organs, in
many ways that are reflected on the skin in the form of problems, like
acne. Mental Stress can also upset the normal balances of the body,
which show up on the skin.
* Seasonal changes: Changes in
climate conditions can bring about the changes in the requirement of
your skin. In the cold, dry winter months the skin looses moisture to
the atmosphere. Even people with oily skin experiece dryness of the
outer layer. Dry skin can get further dehydrated and in some cases