Is air pollution capable of harming our skin? And if so, are there any ways from preventing pollution from damaging our skin? Read for more information!
Let's tell the ugly truth: There is indeed a link between air pollution and premature aging and other skin conditions such as eczema and it doesn't matter whether you live in an urban area or the countryside. When we talk about air pollution we are referring to a complex soup of invisible particles of diesel and other chemicals that stem mainly from the soot emitted by vehicles.
Air pollution not only penetrates our body through our respiratory system but also through the skin as the particles are small enough to fit our pores.
Now that you know the ugly truth, let's not despair, because, here you will find some simple measures you can take to protect your skin from pollution.
Stick to your skincare routine
Whether you know it or not, if you are a skincare lover, there is a good chance you are already protecting yourself from pollution. When you cleanse your face in the evening, you are removing the accumulated pollution on your face. Make sure you never go to sleep without using a gentle cleanser and washing your face afterward.
Use a sunscreen with a protective element
Physical sunscreens usually include zinc and titanium and a mesh of iron oxides that trap gasses in the air and neutralize them. So make sure you wear sunscreen every day!
Do not over-exfoliate
It is possible to have too much of a good thing: While removing dead cells from your skin can keep it glowy, over-exfoliating can damage your skin. Think of your skin as a barrier against external intruders, if you weaken the skin it will be more permeable to pollutants. The lipids sitting between the cells on the surface of the skin are a complex defensive mechanism and are absolutely necessary to keep our barrier strong.
Help your skin heal
There are particles that will get through our skin, that is a fact, and when that happens, we need to exercise damage control. The best way to help our skin heal is by controlling the inflammatory response. Air pollution can cause pigmentation, especially on the face, and this is because melanin is the skin’s defensive response to inflammation. You can turn to plant-based anti-inflammatory products, as the plants have developed defense mechanisms against the sun and environmental pollution –meadowfoam and safflower have proved to be effective against inflammatory responses.
To sum up: cleanse your skin, wear sunscreen, exfoliate no more than once or twice a week and turn to nature to calm down the inflammation, but you needn’t overspend on products that promise the impossible.
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