When you think about the things that are most important in taking care of your skin, you probably concentrate mainly on eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. While all of these are important, so too is the air quality within your home. Here are four ways your home’s air quality is sure to affect your skin.
If there is one thing you are not eager to do, it looks older than your actual age. Unfortunately, poor air quality within your home can accelerate the aging process of your skin. Even if you are trying to do everything else right in terms of skin care, the various pollutants floating around in your home’s air will find their way into your skin’s pores, leading to your skin becoming inflamed, dehydrated, and looking much older.
Once all that bad air inside your home enters your skin’s pores, it will do much more than inflame and dehydrate your skin. It will also get to work breaking down your skin’s collagen levels, which are responsible for keeping your skin firm and flexible. Rather than wind up with flabby skin, you may want to speak to an HVAC contractor about ways in which you can improve your home’s air quality. They’ll be able to test the air quality and give you reasonable estimates on how to fix any issues.
Uneven Skin Tones
As you age, it is usually part of the natural aging process that your skin tone may change to some extent. Yet if your home has poor air quality, the unevenness of your skin tone may be more noticeable and happen more quickly. Since you may not even realize your skin is suffering from inflammation and dehydration, the result will be more dark spots here and there on your arms, hands, legs, and other parts of your body.
Less Protection from UV Rays
While you can certainly use sunscreen to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays from the sun, the sunscreen probably won’t be as effective as normal if your skin is being impacted by poor air quality inside your home. Again, the culprits will be inflammation and dehydration. A gradual process that will take you quite a while to notice, the first indicator will be an increased number of sunburns, even after you have applied sunscreen. In some people, this leads to an increased risk of skin cancer.
Now that modern HVAC systems contain technology that can greatly improve your home’s air quality, it will be a smart investment in your home and health to have a system in place that will keep your skin in great shape. Contact your local contractors to see what you can do to keep your air quality as pure as possible. Your skin will thank you!