Changes in the climate can lead to increased UV radiation and environmental pollutants can cause free radical damage. So when it comes to the skin, these can compound the effects of sun exposure, leading to oxidative stress that can result in premature aging and potential skin cancers. Also, the skin's absorption of UV radiation is dependent on the state of the skin barrier.
With a few key steps, we can neutralize free radicals and protect our skin from the changing climate.
Proper barrier protection and moisturization decrease TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and help skin to defend against external aggressors such as irritants, pollution and pathogens. The great news is that, after applying proper moisturization, the skin hydration levels improve within the first hour of moisturization and the hydro-lipid barrier gets reinforced after just a few weeks.
In closing, as our climate changes, we too must adapt to ensure great health all around!