With Bangalore seeing a considerable rise in temperatures over the last few years, a lot of people have installed air conditioners in their houses. Which means that not only are they spending a whole day in an air conditioned environment in their offices but are also spending the remainder of their day and nights at home with their air conditioner turned on on full blast at home. On Sundays, too, air conditioners are kept running all day long in a lot of homes. While it is a relief to walk into a cool room after being out in the hot sun, prolonged use of air conditioners causes more harm than good. What you are unaware of is the havoc it plays on your skin and hair.
A room where an air conditioner is running is as dry and arid as a desert. This is because air conditioners pull out humidity from the air in a room and ACs are not selective about the moisture that they pull. AC removes water i.e. humidity from the indoor air and robs the outer layer of the epidermis of the skin. This constant loss of water and lack of replacement of water from the skin tissues below result in flaking, dry and chapped skin. Water is essential to keep the blood flowing. It performs the same function for the skin and maintains elasticity. It is important for keeping the skin’s elasticity intact. When ACs remove the water or humidity content from a room, skin starts shriveling. Skin also becomes prone to developing creases and wrinkles. All this hastens the aging process and there is hardly anyone in this world who would like to have skin that has aged a lot more than their actual years.
To worsen the situation, people often step out from an air-conditioned office or car into the blazing hot sun or walk into an air conditioned place from a hot, outdoor environ. This sudden shift from one extreme climate to another extreme is very stressful for the body. Facial skin is also greatly battered by this abrupt change in temperature. As such, pollution, changing weather conditions, dietary habits, lifestyle stresses cause degeneration of the skin. It seems like the skin is constantly struggling to maintain its health against the blows meted out by both, nature and technology. All this stress can be unhealthy and damaging.