Why Your Skin Is Losing Its Lustre In An AC Office
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, you are faced with another day and another degree rise in the temperature. And, of course, you run to offices, cafés and cars with strong air-conditioning that keeps you breezy and dry even during the hot afternoon. But did you know that your AC is not really working in your favour? Side-effects include dry skin and acne. Here are a few ways it is ruining your face.
1. Lack of Natural Repair
When moving from sun to shade, the skin has its own mechanism to repair the damage and slowly cool off the body. However, air-conditioning deters this natural mechanism, leaving you with instantly dry skin.
2. Sudden Temperature Change
You move from a sweltering 35 degrees to a cool 24 degrees in the office or car. This sudden change is bound to have some effect on your body. The skin does not get enough time to cope with this change, thus giving away all its hydration—even those from oil glands.
3. Disturbs the Body Cycle
With air-conditioning, your sweating is instantly reduced, but it also reduces the skin’s capacity to produce oil. This leaves you with an itchy feeling on your skin.
4. Increased Acne and Wrinkles
Dry skin tends to wrinkle and dull your natural shine. Additionally, the sudden dehydration of skin may block your pores with dry sweat, leading to acne.
5. Increased Infections
If you have any skin allergies or infections, they may be aggravated due to long hours of AC exposure and hot-cold temperature changes.
What You Can Do:
a. Keep moisturising your skin, whether at the office, in a flight or in a car with heavy-duty air conditioning.
b. At home, the office and in the car, check your filters and get your ACs serviced regularly. This will reduce the dust and dirt that the appliance throws out.
c. Avoid using harsh soaps on your skin. Use a gentle face wash and follow up with moisturiser and lip balm.
d. When stepping in the office from direct sun, take a minute or two in the shade and let your body cool off naturally, instead of stepping in the AC cabin.
e. Take regular breaks from the air-conditioning so your body can adjust to outside temperature.
f. Avoid sitting too close to the AC.
g. Finally, use the fan instead of air-conditioning, wherever possible.
We hope you’ve turned off the AC at home or in the office and are using the fan instead; your skin will thank you for it.
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