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Adjusting Skin Care for the Climate You Live In

Location. It’s integral to just about everything we do. We find things like travel, visiting new locales or settling down in new cities extremely exciting, but sadly our skin doesn’t share that excitement. We often end up discovering that our skin isn’t a great traveler, and have to deal with all sorts of tantrums the moment we start enjoying a change of scenery.

In order to get your skin to like to a new place, you need to adjust your skin care routine according to the climate you live in. Moving or traveling to a new city or country can always lead to certain changes such as unusual sensitivity, rash, breakouts, oiliness or dryness. This is usually due to three main factors – the water, the climate and the food. Today, Vine Vera shows you how to deal with your skin and adjust your skin care for the climate you live in.

The Denver skyline

Shifting to a Drier Location
Shifting to a drier location means that you need to focus on products that help you keep the skin looking moisturized and hydrated. You need to drink a lot of water, and protect your skin from free radical damage and sun damage as well. Most importantly, you need to think about installing a humidifier in your room. For example, shifting to places like Denver can lead to all sorts of issues. The temperature can cross the 100s in the summer months and the humidity levels are usually low. This can suck up all the moisture from your skin and leave you feeling cracked. On the other hand, the winter months also experience low humidity coupled with cold winds. This means that issues like flaky skin and dryness tend to appear. The ideal thing to do is to limit hot showers, use body butter to keep your body hydrated and never pass up on an opportunity to provide some extra moisture to your skin.

The dry air also clogs your pores, which means that you need a gentle cleanser and a weekly facial mask. Look for solutions such as at-home deep peeling and deep cleansing. Remember, skin care for drier climates doesn’t need to be extravagant. It simply needs to be consistent and complete. Always look for ingredients such as antioxidants in your products. Antioxidants are particularly effective in protecting the skin from free radical damage. Many brands fuse essential vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E in their products to offer the best possible all-round protection to your skin. Finally, consider using a proper night cream at night. A heavier and richer cream is very effective in restoring moisture to your skin and rejuvenating the way it looks.

Mammoth Lakes.

Shifting to a Higher Altitude
Shifting to a higher altitude means that sun protection should be your first and foremost concern. The sun’s UV rays are one of the main factors that lead to loss of elastin and collagen from your skin, and this directly results in skin cancer, wrinkles, aging, fine lines and brown spots. Vine Vera recommends you to apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen each morning (even during those gloomy winters) and re-apply once in every two hours of sun exposure. Wearing protective clothing and looking for ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide in your sunscreens also helps.

Diamond Head, Honolulu

Shifting to a Tropical / High Humidity Location
One of the first things that you discover after reaching places like Hawaii is that your skin has gone through a radical change. After you finally manage to break away from the spell cast by the magical scenery all around you, that is. Hence, you need to radically change your skin care routine in order to deal with the challenges posed by tropical / high humidity locations.

Humidity is known to be good for the skin, but it also tends to aggravate things like pore clogging by putting your pores into overdrive. You suddenly start experiencing breakouts, and feel dry despite the high humidity levels. To prevent this from happening, you need a gentle cleanser that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Don’t forget to use a toner. It helps in balancing the pH level and also reverses some of the sun damage.

Antioxidants that help you to fight the damage caused by free radicals are equally important. Add antioxidant-rich day moisturizers and night creams into your regimen and look for a deep peeling treatment to remove the build-up of dead skin cells.

Living in a tropical location often makes you believe that you’ve finally managed to get rid of dry skin, but you still experience dryness from time to time. In fact, dry skin is a common issue in most tropical destinations due to things like your lifestyle and the amount of sun exposure. People suffer from oily skin due to the same reasons as well. Look for moisturizing products that have essential oils and botanical ingredients. These products generally don’t contain alcohol, something that always causes dryness. Use a loofah at least two times each week, and think about adding an at-home deep peel into your skin care regimen.

Woman wearing a hat to protect her skin

Dealing with Your Skin While Traveling
Trips to places like Las Vegas often bring out the worst of skin tantrums. The crazy partying, excessive drinking and hard water leaves you with horrible looking puffy eyes each morning and the drier climate tends to aggravate things like red patches and irritation. Placing a humidifier in your room certainly helps, but all hotels don’t offer such facilities. A more reliable alternative would be to load up on body butter and make use of an eye serum that contains ingredients such as cucumber extracts and caffeine, ingredients that specialize in diminishing your puffiness and dark circles. Vine Vera recommends you to refrigerate your products overnight and use them the next morning. This makes them doubly effective. If you’re looking for a quick fix, ice compress may also help.

Most people who live in cities that have distinct seasons are used to tweaking their skin care routines depending on the weather conditions outside. Make sure that you dip into your arsenal of skin care products to look for solutions that might help you while traveling. In most cases, you already have everything that you need. Ultimately, adjusting your skin care routine requires changing just one or two products, but those few products can make a world of difference to the overall appearance.