After genetics, our environment plays the biggest role in how our skin looks and feels. There are a number of factors in our environment that may be affecting your skin—some obvious, and others not so obvious. While we can’t always control the environment, there are steps that we can take to ensure that our skin stays healthy despite all that works against it. Even if you take measures to protect your skin, there may be harsh environmental influences that you aren’t aware of.
You’ve probably heard before that you shouldn’t stay out too long in the cold because you can catch a cold. From what we hear during our childhood, many of us believe that cold weather is cause for illness. This, however, is a misconception. Cold weather itself isn’t directly responsible for causing people to get sick. It is true that colds and viruses are seasonal, with increased risk during the fall and winter. This is important to understand because it allows us to take precautions during these months. The science still isn’t entirely clear why viruses are seasonal, but there are some pretty good theories to explain it.
Fall is a time of change. The leaves turn different colors, the weather begins to cool down, and people get into the holiday spirit. But with a change in weather also comes a change in our skin. Our skin reacts to weather differently, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the worse. During the frigid temperatures of fall and winter, when the air is often dry, our skin can be robbed of vital moisture and nutrients. Some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can flare up during the winter months, causing excess dryness and irritation. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare for the coming cold season and routines you can follow to help combat dry skin.