This is how air conditioners affect our skin

5 + 1 tips to enjoy cool air with healthy skin

Our skin is exposed to countless harmful factors every day. We can take action against some of these ourselves, as poor nutrition, an irregular sleep cycle, and a lifestyle that is not chosen in a very healthy way greatly affect the condition of our skin.

However, it is also important to mention other external factors: pollution, chemicals, UV radiation and air conditioning also affect our skin.

The summer heat puts a lot of strain on our bodies, whether it’s weekend spending time or work – it makes it harder to concentrate, it reduces productivity. In such cases, the use of air conditioners can bring quick relief: not only will we be more concentrated, but our body will gradually lose heat, sleep will be more relaxing, and pollen allergy sufferers will not notice as many allergic symptoms. However, it is worth paying attention to the condition of our skin, because air conditioners not only cool but also dry the air, as a result of which our skin also loses its moisture content.

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Using air conditioning, the air is reduced to between 18-26 degrees Celsius. This causes our body to significantly reduce sweating on most surfaces except the armpits, palms and soles. As a result, toxins remain on the skin and are not excreted, thus reducing oil production in the skin.

As we step out of an air-conditioned room, a sudden change in temperature affects the skin’s ability to regenerate. If our skin is exposed to such a “stress effect” many times, it will not be able to regenerate properly and lose its elasticity.

An environment that is too hot is not good for our skin either

In hot and humid weather, the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, giving our skin an oily and greasy appearance, which can lead to the formation of acne. And the hair follicles of shaved, waxed skin become inflamed more easily when exposed to heat.

What should we do to protect our skin?

The effects of air conditioning are negative only if we do not pay attention to the hydration and regeneration of our skin, or if we use the equipment at too high a level. It is the largest organ in our body that performs a lot of functions, so it requires attention regardless of climate use.

It is important to keep the indoor temperature within limits: “In summer, the indoor air should deviate from the outside by a maximum of 5-7 degrees, except during heat waves, when the temperature is above 40 ° C for a long time, in which case protection against heat stroke and heat exhaustion is paramount” – states György Váradi residential climate expert, head of the Columbus Group.

By following the tips of a climate expert, we can safely enjoy the cool air without having to worry about the health of our skin:

  1. Pay attention to hydration! Fluid intake is very important, it is worth consuming at least 8 glasses of water a day. Eat fruits rich in antioxidants and light, not too fatty foods!
  2. Part of hydration is to use moisturizers that counteract the drying effects of air conditioners. It is recommended to use water-based creams!
  3. Use glycerin-based soaps, cleanse your face regularly! If your skin feels too greasy, sweaty, cleanse it to restore its pH and remove a lot of toxins and bacteria from our bodies.
  4. Use the air conditioner more and less often, or at a lower speed, be careful not to stay in the air.
  5. Avoid sudden temperature changes!

5 + 1. Pay attention to the cleanliness of the equipment: at the beginning of each season it is worth cleaning the filters and air ducts – get the help of an expert!


Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.

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