Pollution is a problem for all of us. Regardless if you live in a big city or a small town, scientists believe that your location doesn’t protect you from the effects of pollution. Some even say pollution can be living inside your home!
Pollution isn’t healthy for a number of reasons but did you know that pollution can cause some serious damage to your skin?
The biggest worry for your skin about pollution is free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules and with other compounds in the air and in your skin. These free radicals can have a destructive effect on your skin and have been proven to accelerate skin aging and wrinkles.
The key to fighting the effects of pollution is manageable and with a little extra care, you can make sure you’re staying one step in front of pollution to protect your beautiful skin.
Cleanse Twice A Day
One easy way to reduce the effects of pollution and free radicals on your face is to be regimented about your cleansing. Make sure you are cleansing your skin at least twice a day, morning and night.
Instead of your traditional foaming cleanser which mostly cleans the surface of the skin, opt for an oil-based cleanser that will dig deep into pores to remove pollution and free radicals.
Use Antioxidants In Your Routine
Using products that include antioxidant ingredients is a sure way to keep your skin safe from harmful pollution. Antioxidants are molecules that are able to neutralize free radicals. That means that this ingredient does the work for you making sure that any free radicals that make their way to your skin are not going to cause you further wrinkles and skin damage.
Protect Your Moisture Barrier
Pollution and free radicals can absolutely contribute to faster aging but did you know it’s also trying to dry out your skin? When your skin’s moisture barrier is not protected, free radicals can draw out moisture from your skin making it appear duller.
To combat this, make sure you’re using a hydrating moisturizer morning and night after properly cleansing your face. This will provide moisture back to your skin and help keep free radicals at bay.
Have you noticed the effects of pollution on your skin? Tell us about it in the comments below!