This article will help you comprehend the effects of air pollution on your skin. Besides, we suggest some tips protect your skin from pollution.

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What Are The Main Pollutants?

Along with traffic jams, pollution is likely one of the greatest inconveniences of urban living. A few components can affect your skin, for example, harmful particles, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide emissions from autos and lead from factories.

Also, there are secondary pollutants, for example, ozone, which is created when essential pollutants from stationary (industries and heating) and mobile (transportation) sources are exposed to sun based rays and heat.

What effects does pollution have on the skin?

Pollution doesn't simply dirty your face on the surface. By accumulating on your skin, toxins block your pores and reduce oxygenation. The result: your skin suffocates, loses its shine and imperfections start to show up. Likewise, when your skin comes into contact with pollution, it results in the creation of free radicals, unstable molecules brought about by cellular oxidation, accelerating the aging of your skin.

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One last negative impact, however, surely not the least, is that since pollution aggresses your skin every day, it wears out your skin's natural barrier (a.k.a. hydrolipid film). Since your skin has lost that protection, it turns out to be more reactive, increasing its vulnerability. And a vicious circle ensues.

What impacts does pollution have on the skin?

Exposure to pollution has numerous ramifications for your skin:

  • Dull complexion
  • Dilated pores and appearance of blackheads or pimples
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Premature aging
  • Dehydration and dryness

What Can You Do To Protect Your Skin?

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  • Remove your makeup and properly cleanse your face two times per day to remove dirt and dispose of however many pollutants as could be expected under the circumstances.
  • Clean your skin everyday. Notwithstanding unclogging your pores and removing dead skin cells, exfoliating prevents pollutants, dirt, and bacteria from working up. And to sweeten the deal, the products you apply thereafter will be all the more successful!
  • Moisturize your skin morning and night. In the wake of purifying or exfoliating your face, re-balance your skin's moisture level by applying a serum that is loaded with active ingredients, trailed by a moisturizer adjusted to your skin type (saturating cream, lotion, fluid, gel… ). The serum and cream complement one another and help re-build up your skin's protective barrier.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. We must stress it as much as possible: applying sun protection (or cream that incorporates sun protection) regularly is basic. Not exclusively are UV beams destructive to the skin, however, they also improve the impacts of pollutants! Thus, you should sunscreen consistently.
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. Not only being delicious and healthy, but garlic, almonds, eggplant, broccoli, avocado, whole grains, oily fish and eggs also help restore the skin's hydrolipidic film and advance healthy tissues.