We all know that it is important to cleanse our faces on a regular basis. However, we tend to forget about the effects going out into the world has on our skin and how important it is to protect it. The harmful effects of pollution are nothing to joke about and it is important to be aware of the damage it could do to your skin.
What Pollution Does to Your Skin
Tiny particles of smoke, acid, harmful chemicals, soot, and much more are all pollutants in the air that can harm our skin. As a result of being in a polluted area, our skin can get free radical damage–also known as the conversion of healthy skin cells into bad cells–which can affect the overall chemistry of our face.
Free radicals can cause a number of issues, such as clogged pores, rashes, uneven skin tone, the aggravation of acne and other skin disorders, signs of aging, wrinkles and more.
Thankfully, it is never too late to fight back!
What to Do About It
So now that I’ve freaked you out, you’re wondering how much damage you’ve done to your skin and how you can go about fixing it. Don’t worry, pollution in many areas is unavoidable, but there are ways to treat and heal your skin.
First of all, it is crucial to properly cleanse your skin before you go to bed. A good wash at night will make sure to remove any and all debris that may have landed on your face throughout the day. Make sure to remove all makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and oil.
If you’ve been sweating a lot, have had your makeup on for several hours, or were outside in a urban area for a majority of the day, you may want to consider cleansing twice at night. This will make sure that your face is completely clean.
Another important factor to help your skin is to exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin at least once a week will help remove dead skin cells and leftover debris that could clog pores, revealing smoother and brighter skin.
For your morning routine, make sure to also apply a sunscreen (even in the colder months!) to help your skin combat the day. Check out this article to find the perfect sunscreen for your skin type.
How to Become Pollution Savvy
The American Lung Association keeps detailed records of the pollution in all states. Click here to get information on the state you currently live in to become more aware of the situation your skin could be in.
While some places have low to moderate levels of pollution, it is still very important to prepare the skin for anything it may come in contact with during the day. Treat your skin as if you live in a highly polluted area—not only will you keep it safe from any damage that may occur when you travel but it will also keep it healthy and beautiful.