It is easy to find studies on how air pollution exposure can cause signs of premature on your skin. Although the UV rays from sun exposure is the leading cause of aging it is also true that pollution is a major factor as well. Pollution can cause discoloration, the appearance of fine lines as well as loss of elasticity. In this article we are going to talk about the steps you can take to protect your skin from pollution. This may be more relevant depending on whether you live in the city or outside as well as the country you are in but I feel it is still an important lesson to learn about.
Unless you live far away from civilization you will be exposed to some level of air pollution. This can be in the form of smog, dust or dirt which floats through the air. These pollutants can actually interact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays to create free radicals, which are charged oxygen molecules, that can harm your skin and body. Free radicals can damage your DNA by attacking your cells and these particles can be many times smaller than your pores which allow them to penetrate deep into your skin. As you can see this constant level of exposure to pollution can harm even the most fervent skin care fanatic.
Here are some tips to follow to protect your skin from pollution.
Be sure to follow the 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine – in particular the cleansing part. You will want to cleanse every morning and night with an oil-based cleanser followed by a water based cleanser. Most of the pollutant debris is oil-based so to remove it effectively the oil-based cleanser works best. Remember the theory behind the oil cleanser is that like attracts like. This means the dirty oil on your skin caused by the pollution will be removed by this cleansing technique.
After you have cleansed be sure to use a toner which can reset your pH balance. This will restore your skin to its natural acidic state. Any remaining dirt left after the cleanse will also be removed by the toner. Your skin will also be hydrated in addition to preparing your skin to receive any further products such as the essence and serums. Another good idea is to follow this up with a mask that has absorptive ingredients in order to remove any impurities.
You should also exfoliate which removes any dead skin cells you may have. Use a sugar scrub or peeling mask for this. The removal of the dead skin cells means that the skin care products you use afterwards, which contain antioxidants, can easily be absorbed by your skin. This can help negate any damage caused by the free radicals. You should know which products work best for your skin so provided you use ones which are designed to do the above steps you should be good to go.
While most people can understand that air pollution will have an effect on the skin you’ll also find that water pollution can have negative effects on your skin care. While perhaps not considered an actual pollutant the presence of chlorine in water is not great for your skin. This includes both external exposure as well as drinking water which has chlorine in it. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria living in water so it can be found in swimming pools but also trace amounts in drinking water. You may want to consider getting an chlorine filter for your shower as the average person receives 50 percent of their chlorine exposure from showering or bathing.
Chlorine kills not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria on our skin which we rely upon. It has also been found to destroy vitamin E as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids in our stomachs. This has been found to cause acne as well as other skin conditions, such as rashes and eczema. It is for this reason you should be careful about the water you drink – preferably filter it first, as well as any other water you soak your skin in.
As you can see there are a lot of things to watch out for when trying to protect your skin from pollution. Luckily you have the information and tools needed to give yourself the best chance of having dewy and healthy skin. Be sure to read the other guides on this website and remember you can get any product you need from our store.