Moving to a new city can take a toll on you both physically and emotionally. While it is emotionally tiring to leave behind your old friends, settling to a new routine and starting over in a new city, you can get physically exhausted from all the packing and unpacking. Your body takes time to adjust to the new environment. And, so do your skin and hair.
Here are the key factors that affect your skin when you move to a new city :-
Pollution :- Moving from a less polluted city to a more polluted one causes uneven skin tone and accelerates ageing. When the polluted air comes in contact with the skin, the tiny particles don’t just sit on the skin but penetrate the deeper layers of the epidermis, causing not only inflammation and dehydration but also a cellular-level reaction that leads to lost elasticity and firmness, causing wrinkles to appear early.
Water :- A change in the quality of water affects the skin severely. Places where the water is hard, will leave your skin itchy, flaky and dry. This happens because hard water is high on mineral content (magnesium, potassium, chalk and lime) and it doesn’t react with soap as it should ideally, resulting in clogged pores and irritated skin. Soft water on the other hand is gentle, beautifying and enriching for the skin.
Climate :- Cold, Dry, Hot or Humid, a change in climatic conditions affects the skin all over your body . Low humidity levels can leave skin DRY, DULL AND TIGHT, whereas high humidity can be just as disruptive –BLOCKING PORES, CAUSING SPOTS AND BREAKOUTS. Extreme weather, both hot and cold can exacerbate some existing skin conditions or even cause new ones.
Food :- Different places offer different variety of food, some of it you might not have tasted earlier. Your body and skin react to this change in diet. Dairy may have an impact on skin because of the hormones given to cows, resulting in hard, sore cystic blemishes that develop under the skin and can linger for weeks.
One or a combination of these factors affect the skin and that leads to stress, which further damages the skin. So it is advisable to take time out and relax.
With time, your skin will get used to the changed conditions. What is important is to understand how your skin is reacting to the changes and then tweak your skin-care regimen accordingly. Keep a track of your moves with a calendar to look for patterns that help you in concluding what’s working and what’s not for your skin.
Try to get information about the new city before you move in, so that you are prepared about the potential damages to your skin.
If the skin problems persist, book an appointment with a dermatologist in your new area to help address your skin’s changing needs.