Defend Your Skin from Pollution
What Does Pollution Do to My Skin?
Small dirt, dust and soot particles, as well as gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, can harm and prematurely age your skin. Skin does its best to act as a barrier to such environmental factors, however, it is not completely impenetrable. Pollution can break down the lipids and collagen found in your skin, weakening its ability to combat external factors. When your skin’s barrier is broken down, pollutants gain better access to it, making you more susceptible to clogged pores, irritation, rashes, breakouts and premature fine lines and wrinkles.
How Can I Restore My Skin’s Health?
You can improve the way your skin reacts to harmful environmental factors and pollution by taking the time to tend to your skin with a thorough skin care regimen. A consistent regiment will restore the nutrients you need for healthy, youthful skin. Simple steps to incorporate into your skin care routine include:
Wash Your Face Daily
Washing your face twice a day (morning and night) with a mild cleanser can flush away harmful dirt and toxins while reducing the strain pollution puts on your skin. Apply an alcohol-free toner after washing to help eliminate any leftover or stubborn particles.
Neutralize Your Skin with Antioxidants
Pollutants found in the air create free radicals, or chemicals, which can cause your skin to oxidize. This can lead to premature aging and irritation. Products including antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C or E, can halt this process and fight oxidation. Diet also plays a role, as incorporating antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, leafy greens and beans into your diet can help repair your skin.
Pollution can remove moisture from your skin, so it is important to drink plenty of water and use a light moisturizer each day to replenish the moisture you are losing.
Shield Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen and moisturizer daily provides an additional protective layer to your skin, shielding you from harmful sun rays, air toxins and dirt particles that may irritate and age your skin.
Being aware of your environment and keeping up with a thorough skin care regimen will improve the look and feel of your skin, allowing you to continue the activities you love, regardless of pollution.