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Is AC Ruining Your Skin?

Is AC Ruining Your Skin?

With record beating temperatures all over the country this summer, air conditioning has become a saving grace. With the hot and sticky weather comes the urge to crank up the AC and bask in the glorious cool breeze. But did you know that increased AC is not only bad for your electric bill, it can also be bad for your skin. That’s right, that delightful, let me find a vent to stand under, cold air pulls moisture out of the air and reduces humidity in the room which can lead to dry or dehydrated skin over time (just like indoor heating in the winter.) Now we aren’t suggesting you abandon your AC this summer, but we do have a few ideas to help keep your skin hydrated while you stay cool!

As we mentioned, air conditioners can reduce humidity levels leading to dry air. That dry air draws moisture away from the skin causing it to become dry, flaky and even itchy while looking dull and uneven. Dry air can make the skin more sensitive and reactive as well. In some cases, dehydrated skin may aggravate existing skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

AC can also strip skin of its natural oils which can damage the skin’s protective barrier making it more susceptible to environmental stressors. Chronic exposure to dry air from air conditioning can even contribute to the premature aging of the skin as dry skin makes existing fine lines and wrinkles more evident while also causing new ones because dry skin is more prone to wrinkling and creasing.

The good news is there are things we can do to minimize the damage to our skin from the AC and still stay comfortably cool. First, stay hydrated! Make sure to drink plenty of water to help counteract the dehydrating effects of the AC on your skin. Even better, make sure one of those servings of water includes Glotrition’s Super Beauty Elixir (SBE). SBE is not only the perfect way to treat your skin from the inside out with its anti-aging and immune boosting benefits, it’s another great way to make sure you and your skin are getting the hydration you need. Add a couple of droppers of Restore Beauty Booster to your SBE or water for even more benefits. It contains a patented ceramide clinically proven to strengthen the lipid barrier, reduce wrinkles and increase skin hydration – a great added layer of protection from AC damage.

Next, make sure you are moisturizing regularly to keep your skin hydrated and protect its natural barrier. Avoid low temperatures – set the AC to a moderate temperature, not too low, to avoid excessive dryness. This also benefits your electric bill! Make sure you are replacing your AC filters regularly to prevent dust and allergens from circulating through your home and potentially irritating your skin. And if possible, take breaks from air-conditioned environments and experience some natural humidity. Finally, you may want to consider using a humidifier in your home to add moisture back into the air.

We know it’s hot out there but keep your skin in mind while you’re trying to stay cool. Maybe now is the time to try that cold plunge!
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