1993 Volume 26 Issue 4 Pages 269-279
The relation between the wind and the skin physiology was examined as part of the research concerning the environment and the physiology. As a constant wind was exposed to the face, the change of the skin physiological parameters were examined.
Subjects consisted of 8 healthy men (24-44yr). Subject's face were exposed to various wind (air velocity 0, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0m/sec) at environmental condition of 25°C and 60% R. H. Also, wind (2.0m/s) was exposed at the different air temperature, i.e., 15, 25 and 30°C. Measurement items were skin temperature at forehead, cheek, nose and chin, hydration state of cheek, replacement sebum level of forehead, observation of skin surface and psychological effects.
The skin temperature has decreased intentionally by the wind exposure. The hydration state has also decreased by wind exposure. However, the relation was not admitted in level of air velocity and the decrease of hydration state. The replacement sebum level was showed low value by wind exposure. Morever, the correlation between skin temperature and psychological response (comfort sensation and thermal sensation) was found.
This study showed that wind influenced on the skin temperature and the other skin physiological factors, i.e. the various skin functions were discerned by wind, and that wind influenced on the comfort and thermal sensations.