Living in hot climates is wonderful but there are days when you just can't do without your air-conditioning. Aside from cooling you off, air-conditioning also offers other benefits like eliminating heat rash and helps hay fever sufferers by removing pollens from the air not to mention helping your make-up keep from sliding off your face. Unfortunately for your skin though, it can also have some adverse effects
While ordinary dry skin isn't usually serious, it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump skin cells into shrivelled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles. And by cranking up your air conditioning you can also adversely affect your health or the health of your family members by aggravating the effects of arthritis and neuritis.
Fortunately, most dry skin afflictions stem from factors that can be wholly or partially controlled. This includes reducing the long-term use of air conditioning and or excessive bathing. Skin tends to be driest on your arms, lower legs and the sides of your abdomen, this pattern can vary considerably from person to person. What's more, signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health status, your locale, the amount of time you spend outdoors, and the cause of the problem.
If you have dry skin, you're likely to experience one or more of the following:
- Skin that feels and looks rough rather than smooth
- A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming
- Skin that appears shrunken or dehydrated
- Itching that sometimes may be intense
- Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
- Fine lines or cracks
The decision to use air conditioning is, of course, yours. Having weighed up the pros and cons, you may decide that the best option is to use it, but do so sparingly, not going below 25°C, and not becoming reliant on it.
Then, you’ll get the benefits while, hopefully, avoiding the pitfalls of air conditioning. And whatever you decide, be sure to keep enjoying your Marie-Anne Hand Cream and Body Lotion to make your skin velvet to the touch.