Can Moving to a New City Affect Your Skin?

Monday, June 20, 2016

I always maintained that clear skin is the best beauty tip. Little did I know that my move to LA would completely ruin my skin. Well, not completely, but I’ve had to fight harder to appear presentable. In Seattle, my makeup and skincare routine had been enough, but with the increased stress levels, drinking, a new found boyfriend, poor eating habits, and climate change – it’s been a shit show.

So, I did some research.

Turns out California has hard water, unlike soft water in Seattle, hard water contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, which can dry and harden on the skin,” says Barbara R. Reed, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver. Minerals drying on the skin can clog pores and cause flaking and itching.

Since I had been used to soft water that has a very low mineral count, which reacts with soap to create much more lather than hard water does. Seattle is located in a region with the softest water in the U.S. While soft-water users don’t have to worry about mineral residue drying on the skin, they’re not free of their own problems.

AND, to help clear my conscious, my move and change in climate is a huge reason for my breakouts. It’s a fact that when seasons change, it affects the skin (negatively or positively). But it’s a slow transition during the change of season, so skin can adjust more effectively. The challenge with moving to a new city, state, or country is that you are immediately thrown into a new climate and your skin may initially have a hard time adapting.

I can tell you that I did find some relief knowing that my breakouts were not all my fault but it did make me aware of the extra steps I had to take to maintain clear, healthy skin. It was definitely time to get a grip. I had cut down sugar, drank less, washed my face twice a day, and began exercising.


One product that I can actually swear by is the Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defendant Masque. I apply a thin layer every night (or when I start to see inflammation) and leave on over night.

It protects, replenishes, and defends against impurities and environmental aggressors overnight.

Hope this helps! I’m sure I’m not the only girl that’s feeling helpless about my skin.





5 Responses to “Can Moving to a New City Affect Your Skin?”

  1. Andrea says:

    I most about every 18-24 months, most recently from Seattle to London, and every time it takes me months to sort out my skin. My beloved products don’t always work in every place, and the pollution here in central London…havoc wreaking in the extreme. Plus stress of moving and missing home, getting into a new routine, and falling into a bad habit of a glass of wine to finish off a tough day definitely didn’t do me any favors. I’m glad you found something to help. I’ve gone all the way back to basics (using CeraVe face wash) and pushing all my pricy cleansers/moisturizers to the side. As I get older (hello only one more year to 40), my skin has changed again. It’s a never ending battle but I *might* be getting a handle on it after one year here! Good luck!

    • societygrl says:

      thanks for sharing, Andrea. I’m glad i’m not alone. Funny though, I do use the same cleanser and sometimes think it works better than even my Lamer one.
      Beauty comes within 🙂 x

  2. Jemma says:

    Try buying a shower head with a filter on it! I live in Bali Indonesia and the water isn’t safe at all. I was having a low grade fever and stomach issues after moving to the island. I saw a doctor and he told me that in the shower I was getting water in my mouth and it was causing “Bali belly”. My faucets are filtered but my shower wasent. I purchased a new shower head with a hospital grade filtration system (on Amazon) and my water has never been more clean and soft. I told my parents about it in the states and they LOVE it so much they put them in every shower in their apartment in NYC. Just a tip.. It helped me a great deal and no expensive figuring out what creams/lotions help.

    • societygrl says:

      Thanks Jemma! Such a good tip 🙂

      • Jemma says:

        SONAKI Rich & Luxury Shower Systems

        This system is the best I’ve purchased, I’ve gone through about 5 different brands.
        I live and die by the Vitamin C filtration system. Being a surf instructor here my hair turns into dried seaweed after a day in the waves. I get the vitamin C replacement packs via Amazon every other month on subscription. Awesome system with amazing results! I think you’ll love this living right on the beach. The vit c cartridges help so much with dry skin and hair after a long day in the sun and salty water.

        Love from Bali 🙂