Skin needs a lot of protection. We wear sunscreen to block UV rays, moisturize to keep away dryness and exfoliate to reveal new skin. But what can you do about pollution? Whether you can see it or not, pollution can cause a lot of harm to skin on a daily basis. Surprisingly, there are ways to protect your skin besides just staying indoors. Here are a few ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
According to WebMD, pollution damages your skin by increasing the amount of free radicals which attack cells and damage DNA, and causes discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant nutrients block free radical activity in the body and can easily be added to your diet. Vitamins A, C, and E are common in skin care products, but the true power comes from what you eat.
Wash your face
It may be common sense, but the best way to get rid of pollution on your skin is to wash your face. Getting rid of the daily grime is very important for your skin’s health. You should also try to gently exfoliate your skin twice a week to really do away with free radicals.
Filter your water
Surprise! Pollution isn’t just in the air, but in your water as well. According to the New York Department of Health, tap water contains chlorine which is a toxic chemical that can cause agitation to the skin and lungs. In small amounts, it’s no so bad, but when you shower, heat opens your pores and allows the chlorine to seep into your skin. It strips the skin of natural oils and causes it to dry and crack, which can lead to wrinkles.
Apply moisturizer and sunscreen
It should already be a part of your daily routine, but wearing moisturizer and sunscreen everyday is super important for protecting your skin. Not only do they provide much needed moisture and block damaging UV rays, but they also provide a physical barrier to help stop pollution from settling into your pores.