How Nevada’s Harsh Climate Impacts your SkinMay 27th, 2016 by Dr. Michael Glass
5 Ways Living in Nevada Can Ruin your Skin
The great Silver State has nearly 2.8 million residents who live in metropolitan areas like Las Vegas and Reno, as well as more rural and rugged regions that embody the best attributes of nature. From the Sierra Nevadas to the Great Basin, Nevada has a great deal to offer outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
However, some of the best geographical features of Nevada can also create a harsh environment for individuals trying to maintain healthy, younger looking skin. Here are four ways living in Nevada can work against your skin.
While the summer season in Nevada offers prime weather for enjoying a number of outdoor activities, the environment can do a number on your skin. The state has relatively low humidity throughout the year, leaving the air comfortable in most seasons, but naturally dehydrating. Skin needs moisture to maintain a soft, youthful appearance, and the dry heat of Nevada can quickly strip that away. Dry skin can cause irritation such as itching, red spots, acne flaring, and eczema.
Nevada is one of the sunniest states to live, with residents experiencing sunshine an average 79% of the year. Anyone who lives in a desert-like climate has to be a lover of the sun, but your skin doesn’t always love it as much as you do. Excess sun exposure, which is common in Nevada, can accelerate the aging process. This can result in unsightly sunspots, dried out skin, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and rough texture, not to mention an increased risk of skin cancer.
While sunshine offers some health benefits as a source of Vitamin D, the unavoidable and prolonged exposure in Nevada has the potential to damage skin earlier in life.
Even though Nevada offers a great deal of sunlight and low-humidity summers, the winter months are often long and incredibly cold. In the northeast, below freezing temperatures take place from early fall well into late spring. Extremely cold conditions take a toll on the skin, causing dehydration and wind burns, which can lead to irritation, breakouts, and dry patches throughout the winter months.
Some areas of Nevada have higher altitudes than other parts of the country, which can also lead to skin issues. Higher elevation equates to lower air pressure, which means fewer molecules of oxygen are readily available for the body to use. Oxygen is a necessary component of healthy, youthful skin, and without enough of it, the skin quickly dries out.
Nearly 85% of all water in the United States is considered hard, meaning it’s dense with minerals. Nevada is no exception to this trend, with some regions reporting a very hard water supply. While hard water does not pose any immediate health risks, it does make it difficult to maintain healthy skin. Hard water is known to leave a fine residue – think soap scum – on the skin after showering. This residue stays in the pores for an extended period of time unless steps are taken to prevent or correct it.
There is no question that Nevada is a beautiful place to call home, but the combination of relatively low humidity, unavoidable sun exposure, high altitude, hard water supply, and cold weather all work in tandem to make skincare a daily challenge.
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