Can Moving to a New City Affect Your Skin?
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.