Pollution vs. Skin
Do you ever think about the need to protect your skin from pollution? You probably already know that if you want healthy, glowing skin, the best place to start is with a healthy lifestyle and an excellent skin care routine. Nutritious food and adequate sleep are the building blocks for healthy skin. However, there is one often-overlooked factor in skin care that might be affecting the health of your skin—pollution.
Healthy skin starts from the inside out, but skin damage can start from the outside in.
Smog, dust, dirt, and other particulates in the air pose risks to the skin – your largest organ. Other pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and other particulates can interfere with the skin’s ability to regulate moisture, leaving the skin dry, splotchy, wrinkled, and clogged.
Skin Deep Professional founder and aesthetician, Deborah Spalla, recommends the following steps you can take to protect your skin from pollution and reduce its consequences:
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients that can prevent or slow oxidative damage to the body. They have been shown to block free radical activity in the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants is an excellent line of defense against the damaging effects of pollution. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables, but most often those that are brightly colored.
Antioxidants in skin care products neutralize free radicals and strengthen skin’s internal defenses to protect your skin from pollution, allowing the cells to self-repair. Apply an antioxidant from SkinCeuticals line along with your sunscreen to best fight premature aging.
Stay hydrated to flush toxins through your system and keep your skin (and entire body) healthy. Try to drink a good amount of water each day and remember that we also get water from food.
Cleansing your skin thoroughly each day to remove the layer of dirt and grime and prevent build-up and congestion is another easy way to protect your skin from pollution. Consider using a Clarisonic brush to rid your skin of the day’s pollutants; skin care products work best on clean skin.
The diminishing ozone layer results in increased UV exposure, more sunburns, and higher rates of melanoma. UV exposure increases free radical activity. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and ozone with daily sunblock, SPF 50 or higher.